White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residency Program

A splash of color highlights the wording Artists in Residency on the White Mountain

The White Mountain National Forest and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire offer an Artist-in-Residence program to professional and emerging artists. This program includes artists in all media -- visual and performing artists, craftspeople, writers, composers, eco artists and media artists. The residency program is an opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being inspired by the forest and sharing their work and their artistic process with members of the public and seeks to use art and creative expression to explore the many ways in which people relate to forests in general and to the WMNF in particular.

About the Partnership

The WMNF and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH) work together to manage and sustain the Artist-in-Residence program. AANNH (www.aannh.org) is a nonprofit organization that works throughout the northern half of the state to promote, support and sustain culture, heritage and the arts. 

Our Artist in Residence program was launched in 2011 as part of the Weeks Act Centennial celebration, marking the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Weeks Act, a milestone in American conservation history. It has now become a part of the Forest fabric.

We are grateful to Friends of Mead Base in Center Sandwich for often providing artsts housing.

2018 Artist-in-Residence

Quinn Morrissette

Quinn Morrissette poses with Kate Grifin and USFS Staff

From left to right: Chase Ciechon-USFS, Jennifer Barnhart-USFS, Kate Griffin - Executive Director of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, Quinn Morrissette-Artist in Residence, Marianne Leberman-USFS. Photo Credit: USDA Forest Service

One of two Artists-in-Residence in 2018, Quinn Morrissette brought his talents as a sculptor to Dolly Copp Campground to create the Centennial Sculpture. The sculpture, which was made from a white pine that fell near this location and a metal frame, took more than 3 months to build and is more than 40 feet long and 10 feet tall. The project was unveiled in collaboration with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire in May and is now open to the public.

To see this amazing sculpture you can access the campground, after checking in, by heading to the southern end. If you are not spending the night, fees are not collected.


Past Artists-in-Residence


Steve Wilkes

In 2017 we welcomed musician, sound artist and Berklee College of Music professor Steve Wilkes as the WMNF Artist in Residence. During his residency Steve engaged in an active process of field recording. He gathered, collected and archived sounds of wildlife, insects, water features, and human activity. The edited files were transformed into an aural map of the WMNF.


Jude Valentine

In 2016 painter and printmaker Jude Valentine was the WMNF Artist in Residence. Jude worked on monoprints inspired by tree canopies, waterfalls and other views within the Forest. Working from drawings, she completed 5 large prints and worked out some technical challenges.


Ben Consgrove

Ben Cosgrove was the 2015 artist-in-residence. In both his music and his nonfiction writing, Ben explored the nature of the human connection to different environments. Ben spent offered public programs at the National Forest Headquarters, the Karl Drerup Art Gallery and the Omni Mt. Washington Resort as part of the White Mountain Arts Experience.

Applying for the Program

Program enrollment is administered by the Arts Alliance of New Hampshire. Please contact that organization for details about the current application.