Dalton highway with Sukakpak Mountain looming ahead just to the right

Dalton Highway Artist in Residence

The Dalton Highway is one of the most isolated roads in the United States. Built during construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in the 1970s, this mostly gravel highway travels through rolling, forested hills, across the Yukon River and Arctic Circle, through the rugged Brooks Range, and over the North Slope to the Arctic Ocean. Along most of its length, you'll see no strip malls, no gift shops, no service stations — just forest, tundra, and mountains, crossed by a ribbon of road and pipe. The BLM manages a swath of public lands along the highway from the Yukon River to the north side of the Brooks Range. Travel along the Dalton Highway provides a rare opportunity to traverse a remote, unpopulated part of Alaska to the very top of the continent.

This year BLM will be co-hosting an artist with Toolik Field Station, a remote research facility operated and managed by the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The residency will last 8 to 10 days. Dates are at the discretion of the artist but must be in June, July, August or September 2020. The BLM will provide the selected artist with transportation from Fairbanks to the residency location(s) and up to Toolik Field Station, as well as provide housing and/or camping equipment, satellite phone, emergency equipment (including first-aid kit), and a stipend equivalent to $42/day. Toolik Field Station will provide accommodation and transportation in the Toolik Lake location and back to Fairbanks. Limited transportation along the highway will be available at the convenience of BLM staff.

Current Artist-in-Residence Opportunities

The BLM/Toolik is currently accepting applications for a summer residency at this site.  If you are an artist, composer, or writer and are interested in an opportunity to experience, discover, and protect this remote, unpopulated part of Alaska, please apply by March 3, 2020. For more information, please download our program description and application.


Teri Balser
BLM Alaska
Eastern Interior Field Office
Phone: 907-474-2368
Email: tbalser@blm.gov 

Featured photos

Dalton Highway Flickr Album
Check out our Dalton Highway Flickr album for more inspiration!