Call Detail





Open Call for 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program at Denali National Park
Division of Interpretation
PO Box 9 (Milepost 237 George Parks Highway)
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska 99755

Entry Deadline: 9/30/17
Application Closed

REQUIREMENTS:

Media
Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6


As we celebrate Denali National Park and Preserve's 100th birthday, the park has a refreshed commitment to embrace the next century of inspiration and conservation.  Denali is seeking a diverse suite of voices to help share the unique story of Denali through art, with an eye to the future as we ask applicants to focus on the subjects of sustainability, recycling, re-purposing or climate change. Alaska Native artists and artists between the ages of 16 and 25 are strongly encouraged to apply.The Artist-in-Residence program is dedicated to exploring new ways for visitors to experience Denali. From hundreds of competitive applications each year, about a half-dozen accomplished artists, writers, and composers are invited by the park superintendent to spend ten days in Denali at their own expense the following winter or summer. Visits include a permit for limited access along the Denali Park Road and time alone at a historic ranger patrol cabin.

Each participant volunteers to lead a public outreach activity with visitors and to donate a finished work to the program collection. Artists are challenged to create works for visitors that convey a fresh and innovative perspective of Denali drawn from direct experience. With the welcome addition of several year-round gallery spaces beyond park boundaries, more of these donated works enjoy a larger life in the public eye.

Costs of program operations and collateral-duty staffing are supported by visitor entry fees. Costs of supplies for free outreach activities are provided by Alaska Geographic with funds derived from purchases at park bookstores.


Guiding Principles

The program seeks qualified and accomplished artists, writers, and composers with demonstrated achievement in creating pieces that are both high in artistic merit and accessible for general audiences.

Alaska Natives and American Indians are strongly encouraged to apply. Please feel welcome to mention your tribal or ANCSA corporation affiliation in essay responses.

The music composition residency draws upon successful foundations in Composing in the Wilderness and Denali Music Festival programs which emphasize contemporary classical music. This composer residency is timed so the composer may participate in these programs. The composer will have one year to create their final product, with the intention that the completed piece will be premiered the Denali Music Festival the subsequent year. The selected composer will consult with park staff to ensure that the instrumentation and technical requirements are appropriate for that setting. Within this general framework, there are no stylistic requirements.
Song-writers, music artists and composers working within other music genres are also encouraged to apply for residency at Denali National Park.

The Residency Experience and Expectations

All residents must provide their own transportation to and from the park, as well as any supplies, provisions, clothing, and outdoor gear for the duration of their stay. No stipend is provided. Each resident may bring one adult guest to stay within accommodations provided. Residents must have a valid driver's license and be willing and able to drive according to prescribed "Rules of the Road." Artists under the age of 18 will be required to have a parent/ guardian chaperone during their residency. 

 

Winter (one writer, one artist)

Depending on weather conditions, each winter resident may spend as many as four nights at the historic Upper Savage Cabin near Mile 13 of the Denali Park Road. Please be prepared for extreme winter conditions. There is no electricity or running water. There is an outhouse nearby, a small wood stove for heat, and a propane stove for cooking. A double bed, bedding, and an arctic sleeping bag are provided.The remaining six nights of a winter residency are based in shared, apartment-style housing at Park Headquarters near Mile 3.4 of the Park Road. Winter residency dates are intended to overlap so that the two participants can interact and share activities and experiences in the park to the largest extent possible. Please be proactive about expressing your interests for winter activities and experiences with program staff so that arrangements can be made well in advance.

 

Summer (one writer, one composer, two visual artists)

Summer residencies are scheduled between June and September and are not concurrent. (The music composition residency may have preferential scheduling to coincide with the Denali Music Festival in mid-July each year.) Residencies are based at ranger patrol cabins located in remote settings, but within proximity to the Denali Park Road. Typically, offerings include a 14' x 16' cabin with an outhouse, propane heater, range, oven, and refrigerator, bunks with double beds, bedding, a full complement of cooking equipment, and a small resource library. There is no electricity or running water, but water jugs are replenished regularly by park maintenance staff. Showers, laundry, telephone, and limited access are available at the Toklat Road Camp near Mile 53.

A road pass for private vehicle access is limited to one roundtrip use for driving out to a cabin site, and returning again to the park entrance. Day-to-day transportation within the park is available through passes provided for Visitor Transportation System (VTS) shuttle buses. Residents who articulate in advance specific creative goals or project objectives may be able to receive additional private vehicle access on a case-by-case basis.

Summer residencies typically begin on a Tuesday morning with arrival, orientation, and safety briefings at Park Headquarters followed by independent travel to the cabin site by afternoon. After a stay of nine nights in the park, on the Thursday morning of the following week, residents return to the park entrance to lead outreach activities at the Denali Visitor Center and to stay one final night in transient housing at Park Headquarters. Checkout and final departure from headquarters occur on Friday morning.

Typically, summer outreach activities take place at 3 pm on Thursday afternoons using picnic tables in public spaces outside the Denali Visitor Center. Events can last 45 to 90 minutes. The number of participants is usually limited by advance registration, from 12 to 24 participants, as set by resident preference. Residents are each allowed to spend as much as $150 for activity materials and supplies. Please provide receipts for purchases to be reimbursed and ship items to the park, preferably by USPS Flat Rate Priority Mail, well in advance of the residency.
 

Second Residencies

The program currently receives many as 300 applications a year for as few as six residencies. While previous residents aren't prohibited from applying again, prospects for being selected for another opportunity are considered exceptionally slim. Criteria that may have a bearing upon their chances include: 

  • Applicants must demonstrate significant development in their work over a span of years. Rather than an extension or reprise of previous achievements, the opportunity for a second residency must provide an entirely fresh perspective of the park for visitors 
  • Applicants must request a different season than they experienced during a previous residency. For instance, someone who visited previously in summer may only apply for winter, and vice versa.


Donations of Artwork to the Program Collection

All finished pieces are due at the park by December 31 of the calendar year in which the residency takes place. For a two-year trial period beginning in 2016, the program will explore a preference for digital and performance-based donations rather than physical artwork.

Beyond that trial time frame, future two-dimensional donations should not exceed 48 inches in any dimension and be suitably framed for hanging on wall-track systems in park galleries. Three-dimensional donations that require the purchase of custom display cases may not exceed 24 inches in any dimension. No piece should require permanent installation or structural modification of park facilities.

Composers are asked to donate both a PDF (including score, parts, and program notes) as well as a digital recording of the work, either as a high quality MIDI realization, or as performed by an ensemble.

While program participants retain copyright of donated artwork, they are asked to grant permission without restriction for the program to use and publish artwork (including on NPS websites) for the purposes of interpretation, exhibits, and education.
 

Selection Process

Applications are accepted only through an online process hosted by CaFÉ (CallForEntry.org). Entries are accepted each year from May 15 through September 30 for residencies during the winter and summer of the following year. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Panels including past program participants, subject matter experts, local community members, park personnel, and others serving at the discretion of the park superintendent are invited to review applications from professional artists annually. Selection is made on the basis of required entry materials, vision, new and innovative ways of responding to the park, and recognized accomplishment as demonstrated in those materials. Formal invitations for residencies typically are extended by the park superintendent by December 31 each year, followed by a public announcement of selections early in the new calendar year.
  • Please refrain from uploading media files (such as audio and video) unless they are either required or are directly relevant to your application category or public outreach proposals.
Visual Artists

The application requires:

  • Up to six images
  • Artist statement
  • Artist resume (A letter of recommendation may be used in lieu of a resume if you are an applicant between the ages of 16 and 25. Recommended sources are teachers, employers or other mentors who can write about why you should be an Artist in Residence.)
  • Applicants between the ages of 16-18 must have a signed parental consent form. https://www.nps.gov/dena/getinvolved/upload/2017-AIR-parental-consent-form.pdf
  • Image list
  • Your plans for a public outreach activity with visitors at the park
  • Your plans for public outreach about the program once you’re back at home
Writers

The application requires:

  • Up to ten pages of prose, or three to five poems, 12-point font, single spaced, saved as a PDF document. Pages scanned from published works that are designed to different specifications will not be considered.
  • Writer statement
  • Writer resume (A letter of recommendation may be used in lieu of a resume if you are an applicant between the ages of 16 and 25. Recommended sources are teachers, employers or other mentors who can write about why you should be an Artist in Residence.)
  • Applicants between the ages of 16-18 must have a signed parental consent form. https://www.nps.gov/dena/getinvolved/upload/2017-AIR-parental-consent-form.pdf
  • Your plans for a public outreach activity with visitors at the park
  • Your plans for public outreach about the program once you’re back at home
Music Composition

The application requires:

  • Three compositions, including a PDF upload of each complete score, and an MP3 audio file excerpt limited to five minutes each
  • Composer statement
  • Composer resume (A letter of recommendation may be used in lieu of a resume if you are an applicant between the ages of 16 and 25. Recommended sources are teachers, employers or other mentors who can write about why you should be an Artist in Residence.)
  • Applicants between the ages of 16-18 must have a signed parental consent form. https://www.nps.gov/dena/getinvolved/upload/2017-AIR-parental-consent-form.pdf
  • Your plans for a public outreach activity with visitors at the park
  • Your plans for public outreach about the program once you’re back at home

Categories 

Choose one per application:
  • Music Composition (Summer only)
  • Visual Artist (Summer)
  • Visual Artist (Winter)
  • Writer (Summer)
  • Writer (Winter)