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Artist Wilderness Connection Program

Artist - Wilderness Connection

The Bob Marshall Foundation, Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art and Swan Ecosystem Center joined forces to create the Artist-Wilderness-Connection project, which is an artist-in-residence program. The  program is open to artists of all disciplines including composers, writers, and visual artists. 

Flathead Valley artist Myni Ferguson and Montana author Annick Smith were selected to participate in the first artist-in-residence program in 2004. Ferguson specializes in carved and etched glass pieces, and Smith is well known for her essays and co-editing of the Montana anthology, The Last Best Place. 

The Artist-Wilderness-Connection program connects artists and the public with our wild lands. The artist-in-residence program benefits the artists, offering a remote setting to focus on their art, and benefits the public through the presentations the artists will offer. For a week in September, each artist had an opportunity to focus on her art while living in a cabin for a week on the Flathead National Forest. Within the next six months, the artists will select a format to share their talents and residency experience with the community. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed by Lyndon Johnson in September 1964, establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System. Nearly 50% of the Flathead National Forest is designated wilderness, part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Artist-Wilderness-Connection program offers an opportunity to share and help protect the legacy of clean air and water, wildlife habitat, unequaled settings for recreation, reflection and solitude offered by wilderness areas. 

Beginning December 1, 2004 Montana artists are invited to apply for the Artist-Wilderness-Connection program in 2005. The program will host three artists in cabins on the Flathead National Forest during the months of August and September. 

For more information:
See our
2005 Outline and our Online Application

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