Campton, NH – February 7, 2018 The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) and Arts Alliance of Northern NH invite interested artists in all media to apply for the 2018 WMNF artist in residency program, a celebration of the connections between forest, landscape and culture. The deadline for applications is March 20, 2018.
The program offers professional and emerging artists in all disciplines from around the country — visual and performing artists, craftspeople, writers, composers, eco artists and media artists — an opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being inspired by the surrounding forest and, on several occasions, sharing their work and their artistic process with members of the public. The goal of the residency program is to use art and creative expression to explore the many ways in which people relate to forests — and to the White Mountain National Forest in particular. This year’s artist in residence will be part of the 2018 celebration of the Forest’s Centennial.
One artist residency of at least three weeks will be offered between mid-July and September. The artist will be provided accommodations on or near the forest as well as limited reimbursement of travel expenses and the cost of supplies and materials. Friends of Mead Base have provided housing to several artists in the past. Public programs may include demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks or hikes, or performances, based on the medium, interest and experience of the artist.
“All of our selected artists so far have really connected with the forest – as well as with the local community and with Forest Service personnel,” says Frumie Selchen, Executive Director of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, a nonprofit working to promote, support and sustain cultural life throughout northern New Hampshire.
Clare Mendelsohn, WMNF Forest Supervisor commented, “There’s a sense of expectation and excitement about each new artist, and the ways in which he or she will help us see and understand our landscape, and the incredible resources the forest offers. This year’s Centennial celebration makes the opportunities even more exciting.”