Artist-in-Residence Program

Painting of the northern lights over Isle Royale National Park.
Northern Lights, Oil, 55" x 19"

NPS / Jennifer Williams, Artist-in-Residence 1998


Artists in National Parks

Artists have had a long influence on the formation, expansion, and direction of America's national parks. By painting landscapes of the American West, artists publicized natural wonders little known to an eastern populace. Their work helped stimulate the establishment of parks and to foster an appreciation of them.

Today, artists continue to document the landscapes of our national parks with contemporary techniques. These artists translate the park's purpose, as a place of pleasure and preservation, into artwork that brings insight, enjoyment, and understanding.


Isle Royale Artist Programs


Each summer, this program provides three to four artists a two to three week immersion in Isle Royale's wilderness environment. This immersion provides time for the artist to connect to the many moods that only a north woods wilderness can provide. Selected artists must donate a piece of artwork representative of their stay on Isle Royale to the park within one year of their experience.

Teen Artist Exploration

The Isle Royale Teen Artist Exploration is for all aspiring teen artists who want to develop their art through experiencing wilderness. It is open to all visual and performing artists, writers, and composers ages 13 to 18 at time of participation.




Teen Artist Exploration

  • A chalk pastel painting of a misty sunrise on Isle Royale.
    Teen Artist Exploration Overview

    The Isle Royale Teen Artist Exploration is open to all aspiring teen artists who want to develop their art through experiencing wilderness.

  • Teen Artist sitting on rocky Lake Superior shoreline, sketching with colored pencils.
    How to Apply

    How to apply to become a teen artist on Isle Royale!


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Last updated: April 5, 2024

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