KALISPELL, MT – January 15, 2017 - The Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and Swan Valley Connections invite artists to apply for the 2017 Artist-Wilderness-Connection Program. The artist-in-residence program connects artists and local communities with wild lands on the Flathead National Forest in Northwest Montana.  Two artists will be selected to participate in the 2017 program.

Photo of the South Fork of the Flathead River on the Spotted Bear Ranger District. Marilyn Feather was a Flathead Nat'l Forest artist-in-residence in 2016. (Credit: Marilyn Feather Photography)

Professional working artists of various disciplines, media and styles, including writers and musicians, spend up to two weeks in a backcountry cabin on the Flathead National Forest to focus on their respective art.  The program connects artists with the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness Areas.  After completing the residency, artists select a format to share their talents and residency experience with the community and donate a representative piece of their art to the Artist-Wilderness-Connection Program.

The on-line application is available at http://hockadaymuseum.org/ under Artist Opportunities, Artist-Wilderness-Connection.  Applications are due February 18, 2017.  Individuals and group collaborations are invited to apply.

For details about the Artist-Wilderness-Connection Program, visit the Artist-Wilderness-Connection web page at the Hockaday Museum of Art.  For more information about the program or application process, contact Teresa Wenum at the Flathead National Forest, 406-758-5218 or Tracy Johnson at the Hockaday Museum of Art, 406-755-5268.