Art at Sperry Chalet

A resident artist program.

We are now accepting new artist applicants for the 2023 summer season.

Belton Chalets, Inc. would like to invite an artist to stay at Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park free of charge, to create art and interact with backcountry visitors. In exchange we would like an original piece of artwork from the artist and for the artist to go on to share the beauty of Glacier National Park’s backcountry as widely as possible.



Any artistic genre will be considered. Plein air painting is well suited to this environment. We are curious about interesting proposals from artists of less obvious disciplines such as sculptors, poets or filmmakers. If you have a creative and well thought out idea for this residency we will welcome your proposal.

The artist must be able to demonstrate a professional commitment to the arts and be currently engaged in creating artistic works. The artists years of experience and curriculum vitae will be used to evaluate their professional commitment.

The artist must be willing and able to live and work for the entire residency in a primitive wilderness setting reached only by trails.

The artists proposed medium, supplies and equipment must be suitable for transportation and use in the Glacier National Park wilderness.

Expectations of the artist

Residency details

Belton Chalets, Inc will provide at no charge a private bedroom and all meals at Sperry Chalet to one artist for up to two weeks during the summer season. The next residency opportunity will be in the 2023 summer season, August 13 through August 27.

Belton Chalets, Inc. will also provide logistics and material support for a stay in the backcountry. Art supplies and personal duffel will be packed in and out of the chalet.* All meals provided by the chalet kitchen, food comparable to that served to the guests. Emergency communication will be available with our offices.

Sperry Chalet is a primitive facility. There is no electricity, televisions, internet or heat. Cell phone reception is poor. Indoor space is limited. The art studio will be the great outdoors, which the artist is expected to responsibly share with the mosquitos, Park visitors, and other wildlife.

While we do not wish to dictate artistic content, Belton Chalets, Inc. would appreciate if the produced artworks be suitable for all audiences. Because Sperry Chalet serves people of all ages and from all walks of life, nudes or discriminatory artwork, for example, would not be appropriate in this venue.

The Art at Sperry Chalet residency is privately operated and not affiliated with the artist in residence program offered by Glacier National Park.

* Sperry Chalet, being a remote location with only pack animal supply capability, is extremely limited in the amount, weight, and size of freight that can be packed in. Artists that wish to use unusually large or heavy materials and equipment cannot be accepted.

Selection Criteria

Artists will be evaluated against the following criteria:

Applying artists will be evaluated on these five points by the management staff of Belton Chalets, Inc. All our decisions are final. The most suitable artist will be given a telephone interview to further ensure that Belton Chalets, Inc. and the artist have compatible goals. This interview will also provide an opportunity to ask questions of each other and communicate as we embark on this endeavor. Because of the unique and challenging nature of Sperry Chalet’s location, communication and good planning is a necessary prelude to any project.

For additional information contact:

Kevin Warrington - Chalet Coordinator


Artists interested in applying for the Art at Sperry Chalet residency should provide us the following information in writing.

Successful applicants will also be subject to a telephone interview.

Mail applications to:

Belton Chalets, Inc.
Attn: Art at Sperry program
P.O. Box 189
West Glacier, MT 59936

The deadline for 2023 applications is May 1, 2023.