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The Artist-Wilderness-Connection
Artist-In-Residence Program

Important Dates

December 15, 2016
Application available on Hockaday website

February 18, 2017
Applications due

March 20, 2017
Notifications of accepted and declined applications sent


Before clicking on the application button, artists are encouraged to read through the 2017 AWC Application Guidelines below (or download the document) and review the 2017 AWC Program Guidelines.

2017 Application Process

The Artist↔Wilderness↔Connection (AWC) program is open to all professional artists and writers. Two artists will be chosen to participate in the 2017 program. Collaborative groups will be considered. If you are applying as a collaborative group, all artists in the collaboration must submit separate, individual applications and explain the collaborative work in their letter of intent.

In the year following the AWC residency, artists are expected to complete the community extension portion of program in Montana. All residency travel, including getting to the backcountry trailhead, and the Montana community extension, is the responsibility of the artist.

Past applicants are encouraged to re-apply.

AWC applications are accepted online only. For consideration, please have the following prepared for your online application:

1. Current professional artist resume
(submitted in Microsoft Word “.doc” or Adobe “.pdf” format)

2. Letter of intent describing (submitted in Microsoft Word “.doc” or Adobe “.pdf” format):

a. What you hope to achieve from this experience including how you will communicate your artistic vision as it relates to the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness Areas. (See program guidelines.)

b. The value of this opportunity to your artistic growth.

c. Ideas you have for a public presentation following your residency. This may include a demonstration, exhibit, performance, open house, workshop or training and could involve public, school or community groups. The presentation would communicate the values, processes, features and resources of both the artist, their work and experience and that of the wilderness setting where the residency took place.

3. Letter of reference (submitted in Microsoft Word “.doc” or Adobe “.pdf” format)

4. Four (4) examples of your work uploaded during the online application process. Digital images should be taken with sufficient resolution and size to best represent your work. (Recommended: 300 dpi, no smaller than 6” high by 8” wide.)

5. $25 non-refundable application fee, paid via PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay using this service, and you may fund your PayPal payment from either a bank account or a credit card). Your application/entry will be submitted after you complete online payment via PayPal.

Applications must be completed by February 18, 2017.  Notification of accepted and declined applications will be sent by March 20, 2017.  Late applications will not be considered.

2016 AWC Participants Richie Carter and Kenneth Yarus
show what fun and how productive  ten days can be in
the Great Bear Wilderness.

2016 AWC Participant Marilyn Feather takes you on a
tour of her wilderness experience.

The Artist Wilderness Connection from Jeri Rafter on Vimeo,
featuring 2012 participants Mandy Mohler, Bettreena Jaeger
and Josh Harvey.

Barbara Rusmore Painting
Barbara Rusmore

What is the Artist-Wilderness-Connection?
The program connects artists with the Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art and area communities. The program consists of the Artist Residency, Forest Experience and the Community Extension. The artists benefit from having a remote setting to focus on their art and the community benefits from the presentations the artists offer from their experiences.

In 2003, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art and Swan Valley Connections joined forces to create the Artist-Wilderness-Connection project. Forty-two artists have participated in the program since 2004.

The Artist Residency
The program places professional working artists in various disciplines, media and styles in remote forest cabins for seven and up to 14 days followed by a public presentation related to their residency. Group collaborations are considered and encouraged.

Montana Inspires Artists

The Forest/Wilderness Experience
The program focus connects artists with the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness Areas. The backcountry cabins in the program are located in the Flathead National Forest, five to fifteen miles from the nearest trailhead. Travel to the cabin is by foot over uneven ground. Artist’s personal items, food and art supplies are packed in by mule and horse. Some cabins are very private, suggesting solitude, reflection and personal work; other sites offer the experience of working and/or living with Forest Service crews. The best residency experiences come from plans that allow for the unexpected and are entered into with an open mind.

Montana Inspires Artists

The Community Extension
A Montana-based public presentation accompanies each residency. It may include demonstrating an art form or techniques to the public. This could include a showing, performance, open house, workshop or training session where the public or school groups can participate and learn from the artist about the experiences gained through their participation in the program. The workshops, performances, exhibits and or other presentations communicate the values, processes, features and resources of both the artist and the wilderness setting. Program participants also donate a representative piece of their work to the Artist-Wilderness-Connection Program.

For More Information
Teresa Wenum
Flathead National Forest

Carol Treadwell
Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

Past Participating Artists
Richie Carter, Marilyn Feather, Wanda Mumm, Kenneth Yarus

Annie Allen, Raette Meredith, Greg Thurston

Bonnie Shields, Karen Thorson, Stephen Wood

Randy Beacham, Alan Satterlee, Barbara Rusmore


Jill Beauchesne Alban, Kim Kapalka, Mandy Mohler, Bettreena Jaeger, Joshua Harvey

Andrea Brew, Salena Beckwith, Lauren Grabelle

Beth Hodder, Sandra Marker, Cyndy Mullings, Lois Sturgis, Julie Wulf

Rob Akey, James Clayborn, Bobby Tilton

Larry Blackwood, Scott Friskics, Jennifer Smith

Sally Hickman, Jane Kleinschmidt, Bill Knoll

Jane Latus Emmert, Michael Patterson, Carol Poppenga

Karin Connelly, Janet Sullivan

Myni Ferguson, Annick Smith

The Artist-Wilderness Connection
AWC Logo

A Collaborative Project managed by Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and Swan Valley Connections






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