Artist in Residence - Ernest Gruening State Historical Park

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The Alaska State Parks Artist-In-Residence program provides an exceptional way for artists to spend up to two weeks in a State Park cabin and share the scenic beauty and recreational resources of Alaska’s state park system.

The program is open to artists in all disciplines and media. The program’s goal is to highlight Alaska State Parks for present and future generations while offering park visitors an opportunity to see our parks through the eyes of contributing artists. Selected artists will spend up to two weeks at an Alaska State Parks cabin. In return for their residency, each artist will donate a piece of artwork or written piece inspired by their time in the park.

Artists will also offer a community outreach activity for the public during or following their residency. The Artist-In-Residence program began in 2015 with the selection of seven artists for its inaugural summer season, drawing talented artists from across the state. Workshops and other events were hosted by the artists throughout the summer, providing new opportunities for park visitors to enjoy the spectacular setting and unique history of this park.

Program Requirements

Each artist-in-resident will donate a minimum of one piece of artwork, photo or written piece inspired by their time in the park. Artists will also offer a community outreach activity for the public during or following their residency.

Artwork Donation. Artists are required to donate one original piece of art resulting from the residency to Alaska State Parks. Donated artwork should be delivered no later than six months after an artist’s residency. Artists will also provide a high resolution, professional quality digital image of their donated artwork and will relinquish publishing and reproduction rights to the work. For paintings, photographs, and similar media, artwork should be framed and prepared for hanging. Selected artwork will be accessioned into the program’s permanent collection that will be available for public display.

Community Outreach. Artists will develop a community outreach event to occur during or following their residency. The public program could be a demonstration, workshop, talk, performance, or other event aimed at sharing the scenic beauty and stories of Alaska State Parks through the eyes of an artist.

If you are interested in applying for the Artist-In-Residence program, please see the enclosed application form for more details.

The application fee is $50.

Selections will be made monthly, with reviews of applications in the last week of each month and notifications of acceptance and scheduling of your AIR stay in the first week of each month. For more information about this program, contact Wendy Sailors at Alaska State Parks at (907) 269-8738 or wendy.sailors@alaska.gov.

If you'd like to see the artist bios from previous years' Artist in Residence program, check out the Past AIR page!