AWC Artists from 2016 Richie Carter and Ken Yarus paint en plein air in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Like the idea of staying in a remote cabin for two weeks and painting in nature? Find out how you can apply for this 2020 Artist Residency.

What is the Artist Wilderness Connection?

The Artist↔Wilderness↔Connection program connects artists with the Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art, and area communities. The program consists of the Artist Residency, the 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, the Flathead National Forest, the Hockaday Museum of Art, and Swan Valley Connections joined forces to create the AWC program. Since 2004, 44 artists have participated in the program.

The Artist Residency

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

2018 AWC Artist Mark McClean fly fishing on the Middle Fork

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 15 miles from the nearest trailhead. Travel to the cabin is by foot over uneven ground. Artists’ 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.

Read the guidelines and apply at:

Important Dates:
February 24, 2020: Applications due
March 27, 2020: All artists notified

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