Chugach National Forest Announces 2017 Voices of the Wilderness Artist in Residence

Release Date: May 24, 2017  

Contact(s): Alicia King


Anchorage, AK (May 23, 2017) – This year’s Artist in Residence has been selected for the summer 2017 Voices of the Wilderness Artist in Residence program on the Chugach National Forest. Science illustrator and artist, Kristin Link from McCarthy, Alaska will be paired with a wilderness ranger in the Nellie Juan-College Fiord Wilderness Study Area and will actively engage in stewardship projects, research, monitoring, and education in addition to working on an art project. Through working on the forest, the Artist in Residence program helps provide artists with a sense of the stewardship behind America’s public lands and fostering an artistic exploration of these natural and cultural treasures.   

“I think Prince William Sound is one of the most beautiful and ecologically rich places, and I'm so excited to be an artist in residence there. During the residency I will spend time observing, taking photographs, and making a lot of field sketches. I will bring watercolors to use when it is sunny, and waterproof paper to sketch with when it is wet. The Voices of the Wilderness program especially appeals to me because of the stewardship component, and I'm looking forward to working with and learning from the Forest Service rangers, Teacher Training Program participants, and other forest visitors.” says Link.

In addition to donating a work of art, selected Voices of the Wilderness artists also provide a public presentation within six months of completing their residency, such as a slideshow lecture, demonstration, or workshop that publicizes the program and connects the community to their public lands. Artists have long contributed to the preservation and interpretation of public lands. Many artists use song, photograph, poetry, and other mediums to celebrate America’s public lands. Their art work plays a vital role in connecting people to the natural world.

Every year since 2010, the Voices of the Wilderness Artist in Residence competitive program pairs a resident artist with a wilderness specialist. Alaska’s Voices of the Wilderness residency, a combined effort by the National Park Service, Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers nearly a dozen annual residencies scattered across Alaska. They range from the Chugach National Forest and the Tongass National Forest in the south to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the north.

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