Artist in residence at Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve

Butt stayed in the park’s historic East Fork cabin, built in 1929 to support crews constructing the park road.Regents Professor Harlan Butt, an internationally known metalsmith, was one of four artists chosen to participate in the 2010 Artist-in-Residence program at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Butt, whose enamel and silver vessels are inspired by a love of nature and poetry, stayed in a historic cabin and documented locations in the park through photographs, sketches and a journal of poetry and impressions.

He made a presentation for visitors during the residency in August and has donated a piece of artwork to the park’s art collection inspired by his time there. 

There are plans to exhibit his National Park Series pieces, including several inspired by Denali, at UNT on the Square in the fall.


Crowning the Alaska Range is Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest peak. Called Denali, “The High One," by the Athabascan native people, it stands at 20,320 feet.


The park is known for its diversity of wildlife. Other residents Butt encountered included grizzlies, caribou, wolves and dall sheep.








The piece inspired by Butt’s time at Denali is now in the park’s art collection.



The subtle qualities of Harlan's work is his introspective nature and quiet wit. His sense of beauty continues to inspire me from TX to NY. Thanks Harlan

Comment #1 posted by Stephen Ang (not verified) 6 years 48 weeks ago.

As always, Harlan is a phenomenal artist and craftsman. His pieces confirm a sensitivity and complexity that provide an inimitable range of interest and deliberation. I can study his works for a long time and still see something new and unrevealed each time I approach them again. This vessel is no exception. I was fortunate to have him as my major professor.

Comment #2 posted by Linda (Davis-Hill) Summers (not verified) 6 years 50 weeks ago.

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