2012-10-04 / Lifestyles

Artist program looking for potential candidate

HOUGHTON – Applications are being accepted for Isle Royale National Park’s 2013 Artist-in- Residence Program. The program provides artists the opportunity to interpret the national parks through works of art.

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Isle Royale is open to professional artists whose work can be inspired by the park’s unique character. The program offers writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to capture the moods and magic of Isle Royale through individual art forms.

The selected artist will be given the use of a canoe and a rustic cabin while on the island. The program runs from mid-June through early September. Complimentary transportation to and from the island is provided on the Ranger III, a 165-foot ship operating from Houghton. Each residency is scheduled for two to three weeks.

The Artist-in-Residence Program is co-sponsored by Isle Royale National Park, Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association and the Copper Country Community Arts Council. Artists will be enrolled in the National Park Service’s Volunteer in the Parks Program. During the residency, the artists will be asked to share their experience with the public through art presentations or demonstrations. The artists are required to contribute an art piece that is representative of the Isle Royale residency.

A panel of professionals from various art disciplines and a park representative will select the finalists. The selection is based on artist integrity, ability to reside in a wilderness environment, a willingness to donate a finished piece of artwork inspired on the island, and the artists’ ability to relate and interpret the park through their art medium. The program is open to all art forms except those that manipulate or disturb the park’s fragile environment.

Applications for the program must be postmarked by Feb. 16, 2013. Entries postmarked after Feb. 16 will not be considered. Notification will be made by May 1, 2013. For further information or to receive an application package, contact: Artist-in-Residence Program, Isle Royale National Park, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, MI 49931-1869, call (906) 482- 0984 or email ISRO_ ParkInfo@ nps.gov.

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