Artist-in-Residence at Denali
Denali’s program offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their work amidst a wild landscape. The park provides the use of the historic East Fork Cabin for ten-day periods from June through September. A rustic but well-equipped base camp, the 14' x 16' cabin has neither electricity nor running water. Artists can enjoy an authentic backcountry experience as they discover Denali’s many facets.
In return for this opportunity, artists-in-residence present one public program and are asked to donate to the park an original piece of work inspired by their stay. In just a few years, the park has assembled a significant body of donated work that is shared with the public. The works allow visitors to explore different interpretations of Denali and its environs, offering new ways to contemplate the park and its meanings. Perhaps, through the process, the public will discover the relevance and value of wild places and their importance in a global context.
Land-Inspired Art Inspires
As long as people have been moving about on this landscape, they have been creating art. When Alaska was still a territory, artists such as Belmore Browne participated in mountaineering and scientific expeditions to document and interpret the land for a larger, national audience. More...