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Eastern Interior Field Office

Eastern Interior Artist in Residence Program

The Eastern Interior Field Office is pleased to announce the 2015 artist in residence program for the White Mountains National Recreation Area and Eagle/Fortymile area. We are currently accepting applications for a winter residency in the White Mountains during several possible time periods in late March and early April 2015. More details and a link to the application are available below. Application deadline for the Winter 2015 residency is February 6, 2015.

The BLM Artist-in-Residence Program (AiR)

The Bureau of Land Management’s Artist-In-Residence program (AiR) offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists a chance to pursue their artistic discipline amid the inspiring landscapes of BLM-managed public lands.

White Mountains AiR

 2014 Artist in Residence Sarah DeGennaro sketches in front of Wickersham Trail Shelter.
In late March or early April the BLM will host an artist for one week in the White Mountains National Recreation Area north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The BLM provides transportation between Fairbanks and a rustic cabin on the White Mountains trail system. You’ll find crisp, clean air, dazzling views, and with a little luck, shimmering northern lights against a star-studded sky.

Located just an hour outside of Fairbanks, the White Mountains National Recreation Area offers more than 240 miles of maintained winter trails and 12 public recreation cabins surrounded by jagged limestone mountains and cliffs, high mountain passes, and broad, rounded valleys.

AiR in Eagle

 Eagle, Alaska and the Yukon River
This summer the BLM will host an artist for two weeks in the historic Yukon River community of Eagle, Alaska. Dates are yet to be determined. The BLM will provide the selected artist with transportation from Fairbanks to the residency location and back to Fairbanks, housing, satellite phone, emergency equipment (including first aid kit), and a stipend equivalent to $42/day.

Initially established next to one of the first trading posts on the Yukon River, Eagle grew quickly with the early gold rushes in the Fortymile and Klondike regions and also with the 1899 establishment of Fort Egbert, whose soldiers were intended to restore law and order to the area. Remnants of Fort Egbert as well as many other buildings from that time period are now included in the Eagle Historic District National Historic Landmark. The community's rich history, plus its scenic location on the banks of the Yukon River below Eagle Bluff, make Eagle a fascinating place to visit.

Artist Selection

The BLM is committed to supporting artistic efforts in all mediums that support the public lands and portray the special character of the White Mountains or Eagle/Fortymile area. A jury panel of professional artists and BLM employees selects each year’s artist.

Artwork Donations

Participating artists are asked to donate to the BLM the use of an original piece of artwork from their residency.

Learn More and Apply

Learn more by downloading a project summary and application form (PDF/144 KB). You may also wish to read the Artist Agreement (PDF/83 KB) that the selected artist will need to sign. If you have any questions, please contact Craig Tanner at 907-474-2321.