Wrangell Mountains Residency Program

See the 2017 Meg Hunt Artists in Residence here. The application for the 2018 residency program will be available this winter.

2014 Meg Hunt Resident, Joe Barrington's, raven sculpture in front of the Wrangell Mountains Center

2014 Meg Hunt Resident, Joe Barrington's, raven sculpture in front of the Wrangell Mountains Center

Overview:

The Wrangell Mountains Center (WMC) is a nonprofit organization committed to connecting people with wildlands through art, science, and education in the Wrangell Mountains. The residency program aims to support artists of all genres, writers, and inquiring minds in the creation of their work. Our organization and community will provide unrestricted work time and space to focused individuals. We invite applicants with creative and inquisitive minds who will both add to and benefit from the interdisciplinary efforts at our campus in McCarthy, Alaska and the surrounding Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Writing in a field of Dryas plants Photo: Nathaniel Wilder

Writing in a field of Dryas plants

Photo: Nathaniel Wilder

Located in a small mountain community and within the boundaries of the nation’s largest unit of the national park system (over 13 million acres), our vast and spectacular setting provides a unique natural and cultural environment for the WMC. Positioned near ice-capped mountains, the roaring Kennicott River and McCarthy Creek, and the raw terminus of the Kennicott Glacier, the local landscape is a dynamic laboratory for study in ecology, glaciology, and geology. The town of McCarthy was established during the copper mining period in the early 20th century. Many historic sites and buildings in McCarthy and Kennecott combine to make the area a rich cultural environment, hosting vibrant communities full of character and dynamic narratives. It is an ideal place for contemplation and creative endeavor.

Currently on the National Register of Historic Places, the WMC campus includes the Old Hardware Store that was built in 1911 as a town general mercantile. In the 1980s, the historic space was converted into an active educational center for place-based learning and understanding. The campus also includes the recently acquired adjacent homestead property, Porphyry Place, which houses programming and models off-the-grid technologies and practices. All facilities at the WMC campus are designed to effectively support a learning community. 

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Each resident will be provided with a private and furnished live/work space. These spaces are rustic but sufficiently equipped to provide basic comforts, a productive space, and privacy as well as the opportunity for immersion in the natural world and the human community. Residents will have access to common areas and classes on campus. Simple, mostly-vegetarian meals will be provided and shared communally with WMC staff, students, and visitors.

Our remote location limits the ability of visitors to obtain many goods and services in the area. Participants should come prepared with all the necessary research materials and art supplies since they are not available for purchase locally. Please communicate specific needs for the residency period to ensure enjoyment and productivity. Internet and email access can be purchased on a personal computer, but the ability to charge electronic devices is dictated by solar power availability, which can be limited in inclement weather. We have limited running water and hot water is produced in a wood-fired heater. The WMC utilizes outhouses, an outdoor shower, and a simple sauna which is available to residents. Laundry opportunities are also available. 

Read about our past residents from 2014-2016.

Program Goals:

  • To provide work time and space for committed residents
  • Facilitate a personal experience with the dramatic landscape and sense of place
  • Foster meaningful connections and educational opportunities with the WMC
  • Create lasting collaboration and development between Residents and the public space and local community
  • Promote professional and personal relationships between Residents

Our live/work resident studios are located in the back yard of Porphyry Place Photo: Anders Link

Our live/work resident studios are located in the back yard of Porphyry Place

Photo: Anders Link

Artist in Residence Greta Van Campen working in the Meg Hunt Studio

Artist in Residence Greta Van Campen working in the Meg Hunt Studio

Meg Hunt Residency:

Artists and writers of all genres and stages in their career are encouraged to apply for one of several two-week residencies. The WMC will make selections through a competitive admissions process. We hope to encourage emerging and mid-level career voices as well as mature professionals. Selected artists will receive room and board for their entire stay in exchange for community outreach or the donation of artwork as a result of the residency. During the residency, the artist will be asked to share their experience with the public by demonstration, talk, or other means. The presentation will depend on the artist’s medium, interests, and experience. This exchange component will be outlined before resident arrival but may be revised on-site. The WMC will assist with arranging transportation (within Alaska) if needed.

In 2017 we plan to host four residents on the following dates:

  • June 7 - June 20
  • July 19 - August 1
  • August 12 - 25
  • August 28 - September 10

 

Apply online and learn more through CallForEntry.org. The 2017 application period is open from January 1 - February 12.


ArtSpace Bungalow Residency:

ArtSpace Studio Photo: Anders Link

ArtSpace Studio

Photo: Anders Link

Artists and inquiring minds of all genres and skill levels are welcome to reserve this small cabin for a stay of 5-14 days. This space is available on a first come, first served basis from June 1 - September 10. For $65/day, the participant will be provided room and board. Participants will be encouraged to share their work and to interact with the Wrangell Mountains Center and the McCarthy-Kennecott community, but they are not required to do so. Preference will be given to Alaskans. Transportation to and from McCarthy is the responsibility of the participant.

Studio Space:

The Art Space Bungalow is a newly remodeled 10’ by 10’ structure that features wood flooring, a covered deck, skylight and window, and a small wood stove. Nestled near the main homestead cabin of Porphyry Place, garden, greenhouse, and the workshop, this cozy space includes a single bed and work table.

ArtSpace Bungalow Questionnaire:

  • Please describe your background as an artist/writer/creative thinker?
  • What would you like to accomplish during your residency?
  • What dates would you like to reserve for your residency (include 2-3 options if possible)?
  • Attach a link to your personal website, blog, Facebook page, etc. where we can learn more about you (optional).

There is no deadline for this residency opportunity.


The Meg Hunt Residency Program is sponsored in part by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts