Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve

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2013 Denali Artist-in-Residence call for artists opens:

May 1, 2012 – September 30, 2012

Writers and visual artists please apply online.

The Artist-in-Residence program at Denali National Park began in 2002, and offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their work amidst the natural splendors of Denali Park.

Each residency takes place during a ten day period between June and September. Artists stay at the historic East Fork Cabin at Mile 43 on the Park Road.

The East Fork Cabin, also known as the Murie Cabin, was the base from which the naturalist Adolph Murie conducted his landmark study of wolves, sheep, and predator/prey relationships in the park from 1939-41. Built in the late 1920s by the Alaska Road Commission, the Murie cabin is located 43 miles into the park, just off the Park Road, in a dramatic setting on the East Fork of the Toklat River between Sable Pass and Polychrome Pass.

A rustic but well-equipped base in which to work and to explore, the 14′ x 16′ cabin has an outhouse, propane heater, range, oven, refrigerator, bunks with double beds, bedding, a full complement of cooking equipment, and a small resource library. There is no electricity or running water, but water jugs may be replenished at Park Ranger stations.

The artist is responsible for their own food and transportation. No stipend is provided. The artist can bring with them one adult guest for the length of the residency. In exchange for the use of the cabin, each artist is expected to donate one art piece to the park and offer at least one public presentation. The art is then on display in various venues throughout the park including the Eielson Visitor Center, the Denali Visitor Center, and the Murie Science and Learning Center.

The program is made possible by the support of the program’s co-founder and first artist-in-residence, Kesler Woodward and Alaska Geographic, our non-profit partner, connecting people to Alaska’s parks, forests, and refuges.


For further information, please contact:

Tim Rains
Park Ranger, Media Specialist
(907) 683-6435

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