Posted by: Kath Usitalo | January 13, 2012

Opportunities For Artists In Michigan

Artists find inspiration at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan

Writers, musicians and visual artists seeking solitude and inspiration in nature have opportunities to find both in residency programs at parks in Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas.

Those with a creative interpretation of the iconic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island may enter their work for consideration for an exhibition on the island, which is located in the straits that separates the two peninsulas.

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum will feature the legendary resort in a juried exhibition from May-October 2012.

Visual artists are invited to interpret Mackinac’s Grand Hotel for a 2012 exhibition on the Northern Michigan island

Mackinac State Historic Parks, which operates the museum, is accepting works of art depicting “Mackinac’s Grand Hotel” in any medium by living artists.

Works selected are eligible for $10,500 in cash awards, from the Best of Show ($5,000) to three honorable mentions ($500 each).

Click here to find details and rules; postmark deadline for submissions is April 2, 2012.

Artist-in Residence programs at parks in Michigan

About 30 of the U.S. National Parks offer artist-in-residence programs, including Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In addition, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park has an artist-in-residence program.

Artists-in-Residence are given accommodations for a set period of time, and the opportunity to record their impressions of the natural areas. They may be writers, musicians or visual artists; eligibility varies by park as do accommodations, which range from roughing-it to primitive. To check out the details and application process for each:

Isle Royale National Park – February 16 deadline

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – March 31 deadline

Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore  – April 15 deadline

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (deadline was December 31; plan ahead for 2013)

And around the Great Lakes:
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana – March 1 deadline

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