Katahdin and the surrounding landscape have been capturing the imagination of artists and writers since the mid 1800’s, 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. Park staff will provide orientation to the Park. No stipend is provided and a maximum of one guest may stay with the artist. BSP Visiting Artist program 2019 (1)