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.

 

caribou

 

wolf

 

sheep

 

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