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Applications being accepted for Baxter State Park Visiting Artist Program

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Baxter State Park is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Visiting Artist Program. The park invites visual artists, writers, poets and musicians to apply by March 15, 2020.

Katahdin and the surrounding landscape have been capturing the imagination of artists and writers since the mid-1800s when famed American landscape artist Frederic Church began his visits to the area and Henry David Thoreau made his dramatic ascent described in The Maine Woods. Over the years, many have worked to capture the aura of Katahdin as seen from Katahdin Lake and Chimney Pond while others have ventured to the northern reaches or interior of the Park. In recognition of this long tradition, Baxter State Park adopted the Visiting Artist Program to provide rustic cabin lodging for two weeks in September to a visual artist or writer. This provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the wildness of Baxter State Park and interpret the experience through one’s art.

“We’ve had some wonderful visual artists over the years,” says Park Naturalist Marc Edwards, who administers the program. “We would love to have writers and poets apply for the program this year to broaden the pool from which to choose.”

Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2020, and notification of selection will be made by April 15. The residency begins Sept. 5 and ends Sept. 18.

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