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Visitor Center Artist Camp Residency & Sustainable Practices Symposium

Type: Residencies, Workshops, Exchanges [View all]
Posted by: Art Shape Mammoth
Deadline: Tue, May 1st, 2018

The Visitor Center Artist Camp is a near-wilderness artist residency site in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We seek to combine the experience of wilderness living and resourcefulness with a contemporary art and ecology conversation. Our goal is to promote creativity and ingenuity through skill sharing, local material-sourcing, and instructor-led sculpture workshops, and to encourage new ways of thinking about the world through DIY practices, collaboration, and discussion of sustainability in art and in life.

Using simple tools and mostly handmade equipment, we are teaching and learning as we build community and explore our passions. We dig our own clay from the ground, hand-process it and formulate simple clay bodies, scupt, and fire it on site! We work with local homesteader, saw mill operator and timber-framing expert Mel Seeger, who built his own sawmill from a Mac truck,  and from whom resident artists can learn milling, building, and a variety of homesteading techniques! We use reclaimed or locally-sourced materials whenever possible, and we work together to build something larger than ourselves.

Join us July 28th - August 12th, 2018, and choose a workshop in Local Clay, Sustainable Building, or propose an Independent Project that embraces the VCAC’s rugged setting and adventurous attitude. We invite artists to experience a practice focused on sustainability and self-sufficiency by locally-sourcing and hand-processing their materials while living and working communally in a wilderness environment.

The programming for the Sustainable Practices Symposium is intended for both personal and collective growth. We will share our skills and ideas with each other though workshops, artist lectures, and campfire discussions. We take day trips to go hiking, swimming, and canoeing in nearby lakes - including Lake Superior! - in waterfalls on the Ontonagon River, and throughout the vast Ottawa National Forest. 

Apply at by May 1st, 2018.

Space is limited, and applications will be reviewed in the order received.

Questions? Contact Amy at

Posted on Tue, February 27th, 2018
Expires on Tue, May 1st, 2018

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