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Wilderness Artist Residency

Visitor Center Artist Camp is an Artist Residency in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, nestled between rural townships, abandoned mines, and the vast Ottawa National Forest.

We camp in tents, and work in hand-built timber-framed barns. We explore creative practices influenced by the surrounding natural environment, and focus on sustainability and self-sufficiency while living and working communally in this beautiful Northwoods wilderness.

2021 Residency : JULY 21st - AUGUST 7th

Take the Local Clay Workshop to immerse yourself in your process and your environment. Hand-harvest the local clay for sculpture and pottery, and fire with a variety of traditional and experimental techniques.

Take the Woodcrafts Workshop to learn traditional timber-framing, wood-turning, or furniture-making techniques from local masters and craftspeople, and mill your own rough-cut lumber on a Mac truck sawmill.

OR, Propose an Independent Project that can be supported by our wilderness setting, environmental focus, and adventurous attitude.

Previous years’ artists have created site-specific installations and large-scale land art, choreographed performances, photographed the area’s historic mining towns, and drawn and painted images inspired by the gorgeous landscape.

From the casual craftsperson or nature-lover looking for a creative retreat away from the noise of the city, to the emerging artist looking to learn new skills and make connections, or the advanced artist looking to step out of their normal routine and experiment with new materials and techniques, the VCAC is a unique opportunity to step back from busy daily life and connect deeply with your materials, your process, and your environment.

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Space is limited! We have space for 12 residents in 2021. Rolling Applications - reviewed in order received, until all spaces are filled. Final Deadline June 15th. Acceptance announcements sent within one week of each submission.

You must be at least 21 years of age to attend. Adults of all creative backgrounds, experience levels, and fields of practice are encouraged to apply.

Questions? Contact Amy at

COVID-19 Considerations:

* This small group artist residency allows for social distancing without social isolation. Bring your own tent for camping, eat your chef-prepared meals in our outdoor pavilion, work in the fresh open air, and kick the studio barn doors open!

* $100 Early Bird Discount: Apply by April 1st, 2021 for this discount.

* If you are unable to attend the residency due to last minute COVID-19 health issues, we can offer a partial refund. See website for details.

Deadline: 06.14.2021
Name: Amy Joy Hosterman
Address: 139 S Garfield Ave
Phone: 6123852835