A partnership between the Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, and Swan Valley Connections.

Each year, artists are invited to apply for the Artist Wilderness Connection program. The AWC places professional working artists from various disciplines, media, and styles in remote forest cabins for one to two week stays. In return, the artists give a public presentation related to their residency experience.

The program experience focuses on the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wilderness Areas, with opportunities for artists to reside in cabins in designated Wilderness. Two artists will be chosen and their residencies will be in cabins on the Flathead National Forest during the months of July, August, and September 2018.

Wilderness values, natural processes and features, history, wildlife, resource management issues, and other topics related to Wilderness and wilderness management are used as themes around which artists' visits are organized. All media of art work is encouraged.

For more information about the program, please click on the "Learn More" button below. You can also contact Jessica Evans at 406-387-3822 or trails@bmwf.org if you have additional questions. To apply, please visit the Hockaday Museum of Art's website here.


Filmed in August 2012 for the Artist Wilderness Connection. Artist Residency program through the Hockaday Museum of Art, U.S. Forest Service, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, and the Swan Ecosystem Center. This artistic collaboration was filmed at the Spruce Park U.S. Forest Service Cabin in the Great Bear Wilderness, MT.

Mandy Mohler. Director of Photography. www.MandyMohler.com

Bettreena Jaeger and Josh Harvey of Betty and the Boy. Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin. www.BettyAndTheBoy.com

Kati O'Toole. Vocals, Guitar. www.KatiOToole.com

Alex Hogle. Mandolin.

The film was edited by Jeri Rafter. www.jerirafter.com

Artist in Residence - Artist-Wilderness-Connection: A Collaborative Project managed by Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and the Swan Valley Connections