- Wilderness Connection
In 2003, the Bob
Marshall Foundation, Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art and
Swan Ecosystem Center joined forces to create the
Artist-Wilderness-Connection project, an artist-in-residence program that connects artists with the Flathead National Forest,
the Hockaday Museum of Art and area communities. Artists selected for this
program in 2004 were glass artist Myni Ferguson of Whitefish and
writer Annick Smith of Bonner. Artists selected in 2005 were multi-media Karin
Connelly of West Glacier and painter Janet Sullivan of Missoula.
What is the Artist ↔ Wilderness ↔ Connection
The program connects artists with the
Flathead National Forest, the Hockaday Museum of Art and area communities.
The program consists of the Artist residency, the Forest experience, and
the Community extension. 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.
THE ARTIST RESIDENCY
The program places professional working artists in various disciplines,
media, and styles in remote forest cabins for seven to up to 14 days
followed by a public presentation related to the residency experience.
Group collaborations will be considered and are welcome to apply.
THE FOREST/WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE
The program focus connects artists with wild lands like the Bob Marshall,
Great Bear and Mission Mountain Wilderness Areas. All cabins in this
program are located in the Flathead National Forest in the Condon, Hungry
Horse/West Glacier and Spotted Bear vicinity.
Some cabins are very private, suggesting solitude, reflection and
personal work; other sites offer the experience of working and/or living
with Forest Service work crews. The
best residency experiences come from plans that allow for the unexpected
and are entered into with an open mind.
THE COMMUNITY EXTENSION
A public presentation accompanies each
residency. It may include
demonstrating art form or techniques to the public.
This can include, but is not limited to, a showing, performance,
open house, workshop, or training session in which the public or school
groups can participate and learn from the artist about the experiences
gained through his/her participation in the Artist-In-Residence Program. The workshops, performances, exhibits and other experiences
communicate the values, processes, features and resources of both the
artists and the forest. A
variety of community groups may be involved: students, adults, the arts
community, civic groups, service groups, etc.
Participants will donate a representative piece of his/her work to the
Artist ↔ Wilderness ↔ Connection (AWC) Program
with full copyright to reproduce and use the work to promote and benefit
the AWC program including using the artwork in any educational or
Each artist will work with the program administrators to determine
what type of a presentation and donation they will provide. Within six
weeks after the residency, artists will submit an outline of what they
propose to do. Public presentations and donations will occur within one
year after the artist residency.
Wilderness values, natural processes and features, history, wildlife,
resource management issues and other topics related to wilderness and
wilderness management are used as themes around which artists' visits are
organized. All media of art
works will be encouraged, as long as the environment and cabins are left
in a natural state.
The 2006 program will host three artists in cabins in the Flathead
National Forest during the months of August and September. Individual
Montana artists, as well as joint or group collaborations, are now invited
to apply for the 2006 program. Applications must be postmarked by February
guidelines, view the Application Form.