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Isle Royale National Park Artist Residency

September 16, 2013


Isle Royale National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program provides professional artists, working in all mediums, the opportunity to become a part of a long-established tradition of artists in our National Parks.

Selection is based on artistic integrity, a statement of purpose, ability to reside in a wilderness environment, willingness to donate a finished piece of work inspired on the island, and ability to relate to and interpret the park. We consider all forms of art except those that manipulate or disturb the park’s environment.


Isle Royale, a remote wilderness island, is located in the northwestern section of Lake Superior. The park consists of one main island surrounded by over 400 smaller islands. The area has seen many changes since French fur traders named it in honor of their king in 1669. Since that time, human activities have included copper mining, logging, commercial fishing, and vacationing. Evidence of the past can still be seen on the landscape today.Today Isle Royale has reverted back to an isolated wilderness, a roadless backcountry which is home to wolves, moose, second growth forests, refreshing lakes, and rugged scenic shores.

The Artist-in-Residence program is based in the former summer cottage of the Dassler family from Leavenworth, Kansas (cir. 1905). The cabin, located in Tobin Harbor, is two miles by canoe or trail from the park’s development at Rock Harbor. A small guest house at the site serves as a second quarters, studio, or storage facility. Accommodations are simple—pit toilet, no electricity or running water. The park provides fuel, a canoe, linens, cooking equipment, and utensils; the selected artist must supply personal gear, food, and art supplies. Isle Royale is a remote wilderness and all visitors must be well prepared. The artist should be self-sufficient, in good health, and expect cool temperatures and simple facilities.


The program provides four to five artists two or three week stays from mid-June to mid-September.

Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the park no later than February 16th.



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