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2020 Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence Program

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Call Type: Residencies
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Montana
Entry Deadline: 1/6/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 4
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 4
Entry Fee (2020 Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence Program): $20.00

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Glacier National Park offers artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. The program seeks artists whose work is related to the park’s interpretative themes, supports the mission of the National Park Service and conservation of these public lands.

Glacier National Park’s Interpretive Themes:

  • The geologic features of Glacier National Park combine natural beauty, examples of mountain building, and the effects of glaciation, revealing many chapters in the history of the Earth. 
  • Glacier National Park offers a variety of wilderness experiences that provide the challenges and rewards of encountering nature on its own terms while conveying the necessity of stewardship for the land.
  • Glacier National Park's designation as part of the world's first International Peace Park celebrates on-going peace, cooperation, and goodwill between two nations, and symbolizes the ideal of peace among all nations.
  • Glacier's cultural resources chronicle the evolving history of human activities, interactions, and experiences in the American west that reveal changes in societal attitudes about land and its uses.
  • The enduring connection between the Blackfeet, Salish, and Kootenai peoples and the landscape and resources of the area known as Glacier National Park is reflected through their history, traditions, language, and contemporary values.
  • The establishment of Glacier National Park and its geographic location has enabled its ecological processes and biological diversity to survive relatively intact in a rapidly changing and encroaching world.

Mission of the National Park Service:

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

2020 Dates for the Artist-in-Residence sessions:

  • June 1 – 26
  • July 6 – July 31
  • August 31- September 25
Benefit to the artist:

The program provides the artist with four weeks of uninterrupted time to pursue their work. It also offers the opportunity to engage and inspire the public through outreach programs and contribute to the preservation of public lands.

Benefit to Glacier National Park:

The artist will present several public programs during their residency. These programs must be related to their experience as the artist-in-residence. Programs can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. We ask that programs are offered on both sides the park, and possibly in the local community. Programs can be for any audiences, including youth, park staff, visitors and locals. Upon returning home the artist is encouraged to also present one public program to share the experience with their local community. This program should focus on their experience as the artist-in-residence and its influence on their personal enrichment.

The artist will provide digital images of selected work to the park within six months of the completing the residency. The images should represent their experience as the artist-in-residence. The park has the right to use those digital images in park publications, websites and presentations for education and outreach. 

Invitation from Waterton Lakes National Park to Glacier Artists-in-Residence

As part of the 2020 artist in residence program, our friends to the north in Waterton Lakes National Park (WLNP) invite successful candidates to visit Canada for a day to further connect the two parks as the world’s first International Peace Park (1932) and UNESCO World Heritage Site (1995). The trip to WLNP will consist of a tour of Waterton as well as a workshop/presentation similar to the ones given in Glacier National Park. The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site share geology, ecology, lakes, wildlife, and culture, all of which transcend international borders. WLNP staff wish to share their art and stories as well. A valid passport is required for visitation into Canada, so please plan accordingly if you wish to accept their invitation.

General Information

Glacier National Park is located in Northwest Montana. The artist will be housed on the west side of the park. The nearest town is West Glacier, MT which is a small town located just outside the park. Columbia Falls, Whitefish and Kalispell are larger towns located about 30-40 minutes from the park and will provide the artist with most all necessary amenities. The artist will have limited access to cell phone service and internet is not provided in the house. Wifi service is available at several locations both inside and outside the park. Artists should be self-sufficient and provide all of their necessary art supplies. Artist must provide their own transportation.


The artists selected for June, July and September will be given rent-free use of a furnished cabin on the shores of Lake McDonald. This cabin is rustic with no cell phone service or internet. Basic cooking equipment and bedding is provided. This housing is only available for the artist. Family members, significant others and friends will not be allowed to stay with the artist in the house. 

Collaborating Artists

Up to three artists may apply under one application if their proposed project is a collaboration of several artistic disciplines. Specific directions on how to apply as collaborating artists can be found in the application. The artists will be housed together and will need to be able to live and work in close proximity to each other. 

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