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Kristin Link is a science illustrator and an artist living off the grid in McCarthy, Alaska. She shares about her life there, why she loves helping people see the natural world up close through science illustration, and her tips for applying to artist-in-residencies at national parks.
Find the episode below, on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, GooglePlay, or wherever you stream podcasts.
Featuring: Kristin Link, with a special intro segment featuring Chevon Powell, founder of Refuge Outdoor Festival.
Hosted by Gale Straub
Music is by Jason Shaw, Lee Rosevere, Doctor Turtle, Steve Combs and Kai Engel via freemusicarchive.org.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
– Chevon Powell share her vision for the Refuge Outdoor Festival coming to Tolt-MacDonald Park September 28 – 30, 2018
– About Kristin’s life off the grid near McCarthy, Alaska
– What brought Kristin to Alaska and how it lead her to a career in science illustration
– What science illustration is and the different ways you can pursue it as a career
– Why Kristin focuses on the environmental aspects of science illustration
– About artist-in-residencies programs through the National Park Service
– What the application process is like for artist-in-residency programs
– The goal of Kristin’s work, whether it’s science illustration or fine art
– How it’s difficult to live sustainably, even when you’re living off the grid
– How Kristin’s relationship with the land and its history has evolved in her time living in Alaska
– Why science illustration will never go away as a profession and why she recommends it for others interested in art and the environment
Artist-in-Residencies info from Kristin
The Wrangell Mountains Center, the nonprofit where Kristin used to work, also has a residency application there and hosts a two-week residency in McCarthy and the Wrangell-St. Elias. Their application is also on CaFE.
Voices of the Wilderness is a collection of artist residencies on public lands and wilderness areas in Alaska. It is one application where people can apply to many opportunities. In 2017, Kristin did a residency in the Nellie Juan – College Fiord Wilderness Study Area with the Forest Service in Prince William Sound. There is no fee to apply which she appreciates.
The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency has it’s own application hosted on the Yukon Arts Center’s website. Also no fee.
Some artist residencies are just listed on NPS websites or organizations that work with them, so it can be worth searching around. A surprising number of places have artist residencies, and it seems like there are more becoming available. Here is the Joshua Tree National Park one, which she did in 2016.
Signal Fire is an organization that hosts artist residencies for groups of artists on public lands. They take out groups of people of all experience levels and are accessible to people who have never been camping or backpacking before. Kristin did a backpacking trip with them in the Chiricahua Mountains in 2017.