Artist commissioned for KNHP program

Kasey Koski

Calumet — This summer Keweenaw National Historical Park, Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission and Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association welcome Kasey Koski as the first artist to participate in the park’s new Commissioned Artist Program. Artists help our national parks with their root mission: conservation and enjoyment. Historic records and technical drawings help preserve the nuts and bolts of a national park, while the hand of an artist will preserve the park’s soul. The artist’s work draws the public closer to the park’s resources, so that they enjoy it on a deeper level and help to preserve it.

Art has been a part of the history of the National Parks since the 1870s when Hudson River School painters captured majestic Western landscapes. This summer, Koski’s work will capture the workers and families who once crowded the Copper Country. The everyday lives of those who are gone, but not forgotten. The finished products will be installed near the Quincy Dry House Ruins along US-41 in Hancock. Throughout the summer, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with Koski and her work on social media, and in person during special public programs and events.

Koski is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator living in Wenatchee, WA. From 2015 to 2023 she served as exhibits curator for the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center and is currently serving as curator for the Chelan County Museum. However, her ties to the Keweenaw run deep. She studied art at Finlandia University and the Kuopio Academy of Craft and Design.

In her personal work she expresses herself frequently through paint and fiber, but has also worked in metal, wood and landscape. Her work has been shown throughout Washington and Northern Michigan in select shows. She has worked with the City of Wenatchee, Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, and the Trust for Public Land on various large-scale art projects and continues to take an active interest in art opportunities at the public scale.

Her portfolio is accessible through this link https://www.kaseykoskiart.com/


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