10 Voices of the Wilderness artist residencies accepting applications

Voices of the Wilderness, an Alaska-based artist residency program, will offer its third season of residencies for artists in all media this summer in national parks and wildlife refuges across the state.


Residencies are scheduled June through August, and vary in length from seven to nine days. The deadline for applications is Feb. 18 by mail, and March 1 by email.

The Voices of the Wilderness program is sponsored by the US Forest Service, Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service. Organized by former Juneau resident Barbara Lydon, it is modeled after traditional residencies in the national parks, but includes a twist. In addition to focusing on their art, artists are actively engaged with a wilderness ranger during their residency, taking part in stewardship projects such as research, monitoring, and education.

Qualifying artists include visual artists (painters, photographers, sculptors), writers, musicians, and storytellers. Their selection will be based on their statement of purpose, proposal for donated artwork and community extension, artistic merit and ability to camp in and travel to a remote location, and willingness to assist with light ranger duties.

Ten wilderness areas currently participate in the program. They are:

• Alaska Peninsula/Becharof National Wildlife Refuge, contact Julia Pinnix at Becharof National Wildlife Refuge: 907-246-1211 or Julia_Pinnix@fws.gov.

• Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, contact Barb Bruno at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve: (907) 697-2603 or Barbara_M_Bruno@nps.gov.

• Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, contact Candace Ward at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: (907) 260-2807 or candace_ward@fws.gov.

• Misty Fiords National Monument, contact Lorelei Haukness at Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District: (907) 228-4102 or lhaukness@fs.fed.us.

• Nellie Juan-College Fiord Wilderness Study Area (western Prince William Sound), contact Barbara Lydon at the Glacier Ranger District: (907) 783-0090 or blydon@fs.fed.us.

• Petersburg Ranger District Wilderness areas, contact Brad Hunter or Karisa Garner, (907) 772-3871.

• South Baranof Wilderness, contact Darrin Kelly at Sitka Ranger District, (907) 747-4280 or dpkelly@fs.fed.us.

• Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness, contact Solan Jensen at Juneau Ranger District, (907) 789-6231 or sjensen@fs.fed.us.

• West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness, contact Darrin Kelly at Sitka Ranger District (907) 747-4280 or dpkelly@fs.fed.us.

• Western Arctic National Parklands: Cape Krusenstern, contact Dan Stevenson at Western Arctic National Parklands, (907) 442-8306 or Dan_Stevenson@nps.gov.

Artists may apply to as many areas as they wish.

Each artist will be provided the same safety training as other volunteers, which includes aviation and boat safety, kayak safety, use of radios and satellite phones, and review of Job Hazard Analyses. While each residency is different, in most cases the Forest Service, Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service will provide food, transportation to and from the field, and most camping and kayaking gear.

Travel to and from Alaska is the artist’s responsibility.

Following the residency, each participant is expected to donate one piece of artwork to the hosting agency (Forest Service, Park Service or Fish & Wildlife Service) for use in publicizing the values of the public lands. Artists are also expected to provide one public presentation within six months of completing their residency, such as a slide lecture, demonstration, or workshop.

Applications can be either mailed or emailed electronically. Paper applications that are being mailed in must be postmarked by Feb, 18, 2013. Emailed applications are due by March 1, 2013. Selections will be made in April.

For more information, visit www.voicesofthewilderness.blogspot.com or contact Barbara Lydon at (907) 783-0090, e-mail: blydon@fs.fed.us.


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