The Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC) offers several opportunities for artist residencies each year. Located on the Leelanau Peninsula of Northern Michigan, Glen Arbor provides a perfect backdrop to create and explore. This awe-inspiring locale also offers the opportunity to work within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at Thoreson Farm, a farmstead in the historic Port Oneida district of the National Lakeshore three miles from Glen Arbor. This idyllic setting offers studio space in a seasonal, rustic building that overlooks open fields and woodlands. The National Lakeshore includes miles of spectacular Lake Michigan shoreline, wooded hills and the Crystal River. The purpose of the GAAC residency program is to provide visiting artists with a respite from daily responsibilities to enable them to concentrate on their work.

As part of their artist-in-residence [AIR] experience, each of the GAAC’s AIRs gives a conversational overview of their two-week visit. These presentations offer a chance to hear about the resident’s project, process, and how the residency unfurled. All presentations take place in the GAAC classroom, and are free of charge.


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(deadline: Feb. 7, 2019)

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2019 AIR Patricia Schaefer Bather
Friday, August 30, 2019

Artist-in-Residence Talk: Patricia Schaefer

During her GAAC artist-residency painter Patricia Schaefer wants to explore the overlay of the human body in the landscape…

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2019 AIR Emily Bate headshot
Friday, September 13, 2019

Artist-in-Residence Talk: Emily Bate

Vocal arranger and composer Emily Bate’s GAAC artist-residency will be spent composing and scoring music that is still in rough-draft form.

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2019 AIR Maureen Heintz fireworks 2018
Friday, September 27, 2019

Artist-in-Residence Talk: Maureen Janson Heintz

Maureen Heintz’s GAAC artist-residency focuses on her experiments in long-exposure photography.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Artist-in-Residence Talk: Elyse Durham

Elyse Buffenbarger will be editing a collection of short stories from her book What We Have To Lose, a love story and a tragedy.

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