- 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
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