Artist residency program accepting applications for placement in Alaska wilderness

Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 4:18 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Applications are being accepted for the Voices of the Wilderness Artist-in-Residence Program until March 1st.

The program, which has been in operation since 2010, is designed to give artists of many different disciplines the opportunity to create art while being paired with a wilderness specialist to practice wilderness stewardship.

The application and the program are free, however artists are responsible for getting to and from a departing city near the residency location.

Program Coordinator Barbara Lydon explained that the locations available for these programs vary year by year, as does the duration of the residency. “Artists bring a voice to these wild areas, so through artists’ mediums, they’re able to convey a message, and the message may reflect the work that they were engaged in or how their wilderness experience changed their perspective of the landscape.”

The Voices of the Wilderness program constitutes a joint effort from the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

Residency locations available this year include the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

More information about the program can be found here.

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