FAIRBANKS – Two visual artists and one writer were selected from approximately 250 applicants to participate in the upcoming year’s artist-in-residence program at Denali National Park and Preserve.
Stephen Hatcher, Wendy Klemperer and Kathleen Dean Moore will each have the opportunity to experience the park during summer 2013 while living in the historic East Fork cabin.
Stephen Hatcher of Everett, Wash., has had a lifetime interest in both science and visual arts. Hatcher studied engineering and mathematics then worked as an electronics entrepreneur. Semi-retiring in 1998, Stephen concentrated in woodturning and stone carving. Combining these disparate mediums led to his style of depicting seasonal and migratory cycles.
Wendy Klemperer’s sculptures explore the body language of animals in her small wax studies and large scale sculptures made of salvaged steel. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Nelson, N.H.
Kathleen Dean Moore is an award-winning essayist best known for her books about cultural and spiritual connections to wet, wild places — “Riverwalking,” “Holdfast,” “Pine Island Paradox,” and “Wild Comfort.” A philosopher at Oregon State University, she studies ethics and climate change. She writes during the summer from a cabin where two streams and a bear trail meet a tidal cove in Southeast Alaska.
Each artist will offer a public presentation for visitors during their residency. They will each donate a work inspired by their time in Denali to the park’s collection. Pieces created by artists-in-residence from previous years will be on display in the Denali Visitor Center, Eielson Visitor Center and the Murie Science and Learning Center during the 2013 visitor season.
The artist-in-residence program is a national program that enables established artists to live in a park while they create park-related art. This is the 12th year of the artist-in-residence program at Denali National Park and Preserve. A total of 41 artists and writers, including 26 from Alaska, have participated in previous summers.
Artists interested in applying for the 2014 season are encouraged to visit the park’s website for information and to apply. The call opens on May 1, 2013.
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