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CTAC Artist Residency Program

about the artist residency program


The CTAC Artist in Residency Program in Good Hart offers 2 and 4 week residencies to dedicated, emerging 2D artists. The residency is located in beautiful, rural, Emmet County, in Northern Michigan, a short distance from Lake Michigan. The residency provides artists with a live/work studio, meals, and a quiet setting to concentrate on creative work. The four week residency is offered between May 12 – June 9, 2017, and the two week residency is offered between either August 4 – August 18, 2017OR September 22 – October 6, 2017. 

The resident artist is housed in a rural setting within walking distance of Lake Michigan and the village of Good Hart, along the “Tunnel of Trees,” a Scenic Heritage Route. The CTAC Artist in Residency offers both a solitary experience and the option to visit studios of local artists. The many local, state, county, and township parks offer inspiring landscapes and habitats that may be also be of interest. Some of these locations include: Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves, Headlands International Dark Sky ParkElmer Johnston Nature PreserveGoodhart Farms Nature Preserve, and Readmond Township Nature Preserve. These richly diverse habitats and our widely varying weather conditions provide dramatic content to artists interested in nature and landscape. Applicants that will draw inspiration from the setting and use environmentally friendly materials and methods are encouraged to apply.


Main Residence
Main Residence


Benefits to the Artist:

  • Either a two or a four week residency
  • A live/work studio space in a beautiful rural setting near Lake Michigan
  • Solitary time for studio work
  • Meals (great food!)
  • Time to enjoy nature, and time away from technology
  • The opportunity to offer a workshop or artist’s talk
  • The opportunity to exhibit in a group exhibition in the CTAC Gilbert Gallery in October of 2017
  • The opportunity to meet with other local artists.

Requirements of the Artist:

  • Must be over 21
  • Need to have completed an undergraduate degree in a visual art or design related field
  • Should be in pursuit of a career as a professional artist, or an MFA degree
  • Completion of a competitive application process via CAFE (
  • Including:
    • Resume including art related experience
    • Artist Statement
    • Statement of intent for the residency
    • Images of five examples of work (including medium and date of creation)
    • Preference for dates of residency
    • Application fee of $25
    • Title and brief summary of the workshop or artist’s talk you would offer at CTAC in Petoskey during your residency.

      Accepted Artists will: 

      • Correspond with the host family and CTAC staff about logistics and arrangements.
      • Participate in a post residency exhibition at CTAC from October 14 – November 18, 2017, in the Gilbert Gallery at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. Participating artists will be offered a $200 stipend to defray the costs of shipping work to and from CTAC-Petoskey.

Timeline for 2017 Program

● Artist in Residency applications available from December 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017 via CAFE ( )

● Application deadline is January 31, 2017

● Notification of acceptance by phone or email by February 21, 2017

● Artist commitment to the residency is due March 7, 2017

● The calendar for Residencies:

  • four weeks between May 12 – June 9, 2017
  • two weeks between:
    • August 4 and August 18, 2017OR
    • September 22 and October 6, 2017

Include your preferred dates in your application

Studio Apartment
Studio Apartment

Setting – of the residence

  • 2.5 acres
  • Partly wooded / partially open clearing / old orchard
  • Large garden area and flower beds

Accommodations and meals

The resident artist is housed in an apartment/studio space on a residential property, accessible only by stairs. Note: The apartment is not handicap accessible. Dinners are provided 5 days a week, and may be shared with the host family or enjoyed in the apartment/studio.

Studio Kitchen
Studio Kitchen

The apartment includes:

● Small sitting area

● Private bathroom with shower

● Queen size bed

● Bedding and towels provided

● Access to laundry facilities in the main residence

● Mobile phone reception and internet access available but not always reliable and can be very limited

● Radio reception but no television reception (TV is available to play DVDs)

● Kitchenette: sink, microwave, small refrigerator and kitchen table

(Kitchen will be stocked with basic breakfast and lunch food items)

● Basic supplies provided: miscellaneous cleaning items, waste disposal

● The artist in residency apartment and property are a nonsmoking area

● No pets are allowed

● Due to the solitary, focused nature of the residency, overnight guests are not allowed

Studio Space
Studio Space

Studio – (part of the apartment) includes: 

● Natural and track lighting

● 6×11 foot studio space

● Work tables

● Two easels

● Shelving

● Basic supplies: mineral spirits, rags, waste disposal

● Travel/field easel

*Note: All other painting/art supplies to be provided by artist and should be mailed well in advance of the residency. Local shopping for art supplies is limited.


● Residents need to provide their own transportation to and from Northern Michigan (pick up from local airports in Pellston or Traverse City, or pick up from local bus stations can be arranged)

● A bike will be made available to the artist

● Artist will be within walking distance of many natural resources, Lake Michigan beaches, and the small community of Good Hart.

Apply to the 2017 Artist in Residency Program on CAFE (



If you have questions about the 2017 Crooked Tree Artist in Residency Program in Good Hart, Michigan, please email Galleries Director, Sheila Ruen:



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