Monday, February 09, 2015

Sleeping Bear Dunes Artist-In-Residence Program

Deadline: April 15, 2015 {POSTMARK} or {HAND DELIVERY}

Artist-In-Residence Program
Sleeping Bear Dunes

Empire, Michigan
September and October, 2015

Since 1993, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has hosted an Artist-in-Residence program. Artists have had a long-standing influence on the formation, expansion, and direction of our national parks.

The Artist-In-Residence program is open to professional American writers, composers and visual artists, including photographers, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by this superb Michigan scene. It provides resident artists the opportunity to capture the moods of Sleeping Bear Dunes in their particular medium. The program provides rent-free use of either a park house located in the vicinity of the village of Empire (no pets), or a campsite in one of the developed mainland campgrounds.

Two 3-week residencies are available during September and October. The artist is asked to donate to the park an original piece of work representative of their medium, produced during the residency, and to contribute to the advancement of the park's mission. This is done by sharing knowledge with the public during the final week of the residency through a demonstration, reading, slide talk, etc. In addition, the artist must be willing to interact with park visitors when contacts are made in the field while working. Donated works will be displayed in the park or shared with the public through other appropriate means. These works will characterize the Lakeshore for present and future generations.

Offering the public an opportunity to experience our national heritage through the eyes, ears and talents of the contributing artists fulfills one of the program's main purposes. The artist will be enrolled in the Volunteers In Park (VIP) Program of the National Park Service.

Download Program Brochure:

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For more information contact Susan Sanders:

Artist-in-Residence Program
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
9922 Front St.
Empire, Michigan 49630