10 days
Paid by host 

No stipend is provided.

Paid by artist 

The resident must provide their own transportation to and from the park, as well as any supplies, provisions, clothing, and outdoor gear for the duration of their stay. Each resident may bring one adult guest to stay within accommodations provided. Residents must have a valid driver's license and be willing and able to drive according to prescribed "Rules of the Road."

Application guidelines 

A panel of artists and National Park Service personnel, appointed by the Superintendent of Denali National Park, will review applications from professional artists on an annual basis. Selection will be made on the basis of required entry materials, vision, new and innovative ways of responding to the park, and recognized accomplishment as demonstrated in those materials.



Entries are accepted each year from May 1 through September 30 for the next year

Denali National Park AIR Program

Denali National Park AIR Program


Numerous National Parks in America have begun Artist-in-Residence programs since 1984. With the establishment of this program, Denali National Park joins the list of those parks which seek to recognize and support the role played by artists in preservation and interpretation of the country's natural wonders.

The artist-in-residence program is dedicated to exploring new ways for visitors to experience Denali. From hundreds of competitive applications each year, about a half-dozen accomplished artists, writers, and composers are invited by the park superintendent to spend ten days in Denali at their own expense the following winter or summer. Visits include a permit for limited access along the Denali Park Road and time alone at a historic ranger patrol cabin.

The music composition residency draws upon successful foundations in Composing in the Wilderness and Denali Music Festival programs which emphasize contemporary classical music. The final product should be a notated chamber piece for traditional instruments found in classical orchestral repertoire (with optional use of electronics and/or projection). The park hopes that the completed piece will be premiered at the Denali Music Festival in a subsequent year, and the selected composer will consult with park staff to ensure that the instrumentation and technical requirements are appropriate for that setting.

Within this general framework, there are no stylistic requirements.

During the winter period, the residency hosts one writer and one visual artist. In summer, the residency hosts one writer, one composer and two visual artists.


Artists agree to present at least one public program during their residency. Public programs should take advantage of the individual artist's skills and interests, and might, for example, take the form of a slide lecture, demonstration, or workshop. Residents agree to donate to the park an original piece of work representative of their stay.

Accommodation Information 

Depending on weather conditions, each winter resident may spend as many as four nights at the historic Upper Savage Cabin near Mile 13 of the Denali Park Road. Please be prepared for extreme winter conditions. There is no electricity or running water. There is an outhouse nearby, a small wood stove for heat, and a propane stove for cooking. A double bed, bedding, and an arctic sleeping bag are provided.The remaining six nights of a winter residency are based in shared, apartment-style housing at Park Headquarters near Mile 3.4 of the Park Road. Summer residencies are based at ranger patrol cabins located in remote settings, but within proximity to the Denali Park Road. Typically, offerings include a 14' x 16' cabin with an outhouse, propane heater, range, oven, and refrigerator, bunks with double beds, bedding, a full complement of cooking equipment, and a small resource library. There is no electricity or running water, but water jugs are replenished regularly by park maintenance staff. Showers, laundry, telephone, and limited access are available at the Toklat Road Camp near Mile 53.


Denali National Park and Preserve is a national park and preserve located in Interior Alaska, centered on Denali, the highest mountain in North America. 

P.O. Box 9
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, AK 99755
United States
(907) 683-9535

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