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Eastern Interior Field Office

Eastern Interior Artist in Residence Program

The Eastern Interior Field Office is pleased to announce a new artist in residence program for the White Mountains National Recreation Area and Eagle/Fortymile area. The first residence took place in the White Mountains National Area April 14-18, 2014. We are currently accepting applications for a summer residence in Eagle, Alaska. More details and a link to the application are available below. Application deadline for the Summer 2014 residence is June 13, 2014.

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.

This year's 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. Applicants are asked to state their preferences for three potential date ranges: July 14-25, July 21-Aug. 1, or Aug. 4-15. 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 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 in Eagle.

Learn More and Apply

Learn more by downloading a project summary and application form (PDF/114 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 Chel Ethun at 907-474-2223.