Mountain Arts

Painting of mountains with river and green slopes in foreground and clouds and snow-capped peaks in the background.
Alaska Range, as portrayed by Bill Brody, Artist in Residence at Denali National Park and Preserve.


Mountains inspire different forms of art, from visual arts to regional craftmaking, music, and more. Many mountain parks host an artist for 2 to 4 weeks through the Artist-in-Residence program. View art produced through this program at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Denali National Park and Preserve, Catoctin Mountain Park, and other parks linked to the NPS Artist-in-Residence website.

In Olympic National Park, mountain glaciers inspired an artistic elegy of watercolors, paintings, poetry, music, stained glass, a story map, and much more. Project Terminus uses art to immortalize the park's dwindling glaciers as the climate changes.

Music and craftmaking are other ways that people express their creativity in mountain communities:

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Blue Ridge Music

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The wilderness of the Blue Ridge Mountains has long been a source of artistic inspiration and creativity. Join two Blue Ridge musicians as they describe their artistic connections to this distinct mountain wilderness in Shenandoah National Park.

Last updated: January 22, 2024