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Eastern Interior Field Office

Eastern Interior Artist in Residence Program

The Eastern Interior Field Office is pleased to announce the 2016 artist in residence program for the White Mountains National Recreation Area and Eagle/Fortymile area. We are currently accepting applications for a summer residency in the Eagle/Fortymile area. More details and a link to the application are available below. The application deadline for the summer 2016 residency is April 10, 2016.

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.
 2014 White Mountains Artist in Residence Sarah DeGennaro
In late March or early April the BLM hosts 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 the Fortymile/Eagle Area

 Eagle, Alaska and the Yukon River
 View of the Yukon River from Fort Egbert in Eagle, Alaska.
This summer the BLM will host an artist for one to two weeks in the Fortymile/Eagle area. Dates are at the discretion of the artist. 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. Limited transportation around the Fortymile area will be available at the convenience of BLM staff.

Gold Rush prospectors gave the Fortymile River its name because it joins the Yukon River about 40 miles below Fort Reliance, an old Canadian trading post. The BLM manages the wild and scenic river corridor as well as three campgrounds and Fort Egbert in the Eagle Historic District National Historic Landmark. Today's visitors can find relaxation, adventure, or a touch of the past in the Fortymile region, which provided Interior Alaska's first gold rush in 1886.

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 Fortymile/Eagle 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/158 KB). You may also wish to read the Artist Agreement (PDF/123 KB) that the selected artist will need to sign. If you have any questions, please contact Collin Cogley at 907-474-2382.


Now Accepting Applications!

The BLM is accepting applications for the summer Fortymile/Eagle residency through April 10, 2016. Applications are available via this web page (see link at bottom of page) or from our office in Fairbanks.