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Last Update: March 22, 2018

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Alaska State Parks seeks artists for 2018 residency program

February 14, 2018 (Anchorage, AK) – Emerging and established artists are invited to apply for Alaska State Parks’ third annual Artist-In-Residence Program. Alaska State Parks is excited to expand the program to Kachemak Bay and the Mat-Su this year.

Residencies are available to artists in all types of media, at the following locations:

• The Ernest Gruening Cabin in Juneau, the territorial governor’s summer retreat and on the National Register of Historic Places.
• The beachfront Halibut Cove Ranger Station in Kachemak Bay State Park, across from Homer.
• The Butterfly Lake Host Cabin in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, part of a previous homestead.

Program details including the 2018 schedule and how to apply are available at

The deadline to submit applications for the program is March 15, 2018
. Artists who participate in the program will be asked to donate an original artwork inspired by their time at the cabin and to host a community outreach event, such as a workshop, talk, or other presentation. Artists must also provide their own food, supplies and art materials for their stay.

The purpose of the residency program is to encourage artists to create work inspired by Alaska’s state parks. It also offers visitors and the public an opportunity to see state parks through the eyes of contributing artists.

As Constance Baltuck, one of the program’s first resident artists, explained, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for an immersion experience, not just in the creation of art, but also in the appreciation of a beautiful natural landscape.”

CONTACT: Preston Kroes, 907-465-2481,

Applicants sought for Kenai River Special Management Area advisory board

January 16, 2018 (Soldotna, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for three upcoming vacancies on the Kenai River Special Management Area Citizens Advisory Board.

This advisory board provides state park managers with recommendations on the management of the special management area. The people selected will serve from July 2018 through June 2021 and the board typically meets once a month between September and May.

To apply for a position on this advisory board, fill out the Alaska State Park Advisory Board Application provided at Applications are being accepted through March 31.

For more information, please contact the Kenai/Prince William Sound Area state park office at 907-262-5581.

CONTACT: Jack Blackwell, 907-262-5581,