Art has inspired us to preserve our national public lands since the late 1800s, beginning with the National Park Service.  Extending this heritage to our National Forests, the Salmon-Challis National Forest is putting out a call for artists to participate in an Artist in Residence program.   

About the Artist in Residence Program   The program will connect artists with Forest Service employees to create a collaborative relationship, with the natural ecosystems, heritage and wilderness that are abundant on the Salmon-Challis National Forest.  The central Idaho area is home to the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 states, the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness as well as the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork and Main Salmon Rivers.  The artists selected will have the opportunity to stay in remote cabins, such as Seafoam Guard Station (about 20 miles from Stanley) that sit on the edge of wilderness.  The length of the residency will depend in part on the applicants and will run between 2-4 weeks, during late June through September.  The artist will work 20 hours a week assisting Forest Service personnel, helping maintain the guard station, checking campgrounds, interacting with the public and maintaining trails.  The artist will have enough time to work on their art.   Program participants will create a piece of art that will be donated to the Salmon-Challis National Forest.  They will also present their art to a local community, preferably near their residency.  This program is partnering with the Challis Arts Council to benefit the local community by sharing the artist’s experience in the Forest through art.   

The selected artists will have the opportunity to decide on the location of stay during their residency.  Most guard stations are accessible by a dirt road; however, they are many miles from the closest town and are relatively primitive, some have no electricity, and most do not have wifi/cell service.  The artists will be offered opportunities to work in the field with Forest Service employees on a variety of projects to improve and maintain public lands.   The artist residents will sign a volunteer agreement with the US Forest Service.  The artists are responsible for their own personal transportation to Idaho.  Housing will be provided and possibly a stipend.  Artists working with all types of medias are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be 18 years of age.  We are looking forward to welcoming you to our local community and connecting us to our public lands through your creativity.     

How to Apply   Please complete the attached application form, attach a current professional artist resume or CV.   Also, attach examples of your work, uploaded electronically during the online application process. Submit applications to Audra:0) Serrian at audra.serrian@usda.gov by 11:59PM on May 1, 2024.     For More Information   Please feel free to contact Audra:0) Serrian, SZ Recreation Technician, at the Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger Station at (208) 838-3315 or audra.serrian@usda.gov. This opportunity is posted on the Challis Arts Council website and the Salmon-Challis National Forest website/facebook page at the following links:  https://challisartscouncil.org/  https://www.fs.usda.gov/scnf  https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf?ref=embed_page