White Mountains National Recreation Area

White Mountains 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. The first residence will take place April 14-18, 2014. The application deadline is March 14, 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 the White Mountains

  Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter in winter.
 This year's artist in residence will stay in the Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter, which includes two bunks, a woodstove, propane cookstove and lantern, cooking counter, and picture window.
The selected artist will stay in a small, rustic dry cabin for one week. The BLM provides transportation between Fairbanks and the cabin, but artists are responsible for their daily expenses. You’ll find crisp, clean air, dazzling views,
and with a little luck, shimmering northern lights against a star-studded sky.

The 1.2-million-acre White Mountains National Recreation Area has been described as one of the crown jewels of Alaska’s public lands. It offers more than 240 miles of maintained winter trails and 14 public recreation cabins surrounded by jagged limestone mountains and cliffs, high mountain passes, and broad, rounded valleys.

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. 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 the White Mountains National Recreation Area.

Learn More and Apply

Learn more by downloading a project summary and application form (PDF/110 KB). If you have any questions, please contact Craig Tanner at 907-474-2321.