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Artist in Residence

Susan Watkins painting at Pakenham

2012 A.I.R. Susan Watkins paints the breathtaking view of College Fiord in Nellie Juan-College Fiord WSA, Chugach National Forest.


Our 2018 Artists have been announced and we invite you to join us as we welcome them.

  • Ben Thrash  | Painter from Douglasville, GA
  • Bridget Lyons | Writer from Flagstaff, AZ
  • Cara Stoddard | Writer from Seattle, WA
  • Jamey Bradbury | Fiction Writer from Anchorage, AK
  • Lisa Kitchens | Theatre artistry from Brooklyn, NY
  • Megan Perra | Silk screener from Portland, OR
  • Megan Smith | Multi-media artist from Girdwood, AK
  • Nicole Gagner | Painter/Illustrator from Bismark, ND
  • Randy Traynor | Photographer from Tallahassee, FL
  • Sharon Birzer | Natural science illustrator/painter from Seattle, WA

Visit our past Artists in Residence and learn about their methods in communicating the meaning of these lands.


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How to Become an Artist in Residence

The Voices of the Wilderness artist residency is a unique opportunity. It is modeled after traditional residencies in the national parks…with a twist. Instead of staying at a remote wilderness cabin, our participating artists are paired with a wilderness ranger and actively engaged in stewardship projects, such as research, monitoring, and education. The idea is to give artists a sense of the stewardship behind America’s public lands, fostering an artistic exploration of these natural and cultural treasures. The hoped-for result is artwork that communicates something of the meaning of these lands.

This year's application period is closed.

Learn more here.