Ascension: Exploring the Art of Denali
Art and science share common ground. Both disciplines promote inquiry and discovery, and through these processes reveal insights that can leave our ideas about the world forever changed.
“Ascension” explores the synergy between art and science through the fine arts and ethnology collections of Denali National Park and Preserve and the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
The artwork in the park collection was created in large part through its Artist-in-Residence Program that provides artists the opportunity to focus an inquisitive eye toward the park environs. Additional work from the museum’s collection broadens the scope of that artistic investigation both geographically and in time. Each piece in the exhibition builds upon the elements of observation, examination, and a desire for understanding—all of which are qualities fostered and highly valued in scientific realms.
Denali by Margo Klass; Baby Raven Trio by Rachelle Dowdy
In association with the National Park Service and Alaska Geographic.
The Denali Artist-in-Residence Program:
Denali National Park and Preserve: www.nps.gov/dena
Alaska Geographic, supporting our public lands and books and education materials: www.alaskageographic.org
Download a reading list about Denali, its history and environs:
Download Denali's two-volume History of Denali National Park:
Educational seminars in Denali and other parks with the Murie Science and Learning Center: www.murieslc.org
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Volunteer opportunities available in your national parks: www.nps.gov/volunteer