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Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology Taking New Shape

Over 100 artists, from as far away as France, England and Italy, have attended the Crosshatch Artist Residency program at the Hill House since it first opened its doors in 2010. Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology has run the Artist Residency program out of a rented cabin in East Jordan, giving artists time and space to work on their craft.

Starting in November of this year, the Hill House Artist Residency Program will no longer take place at the Hill House. The lease on the Hill House is coming to a close, as the owners plan to put the house on the market.

Crosshatch's long-term plans include developing a 50-acre parcel of farmland in Bellaire into a larger residency program supporting multiple artists at a time. In the interim, Crosshatch will be hosting pop-up residencies at various locations in Michigan.

“We are grateful to the family that has leased the Hill House to us over the last seven years. In that time, we have witnessed the deep impact that comes with the gift of time and space. This news does not indicate an end to our residency model—we're just getting started,” said Amanda Kik, Co-Director of Crosshatch. “We look forward to partnering with individuals and organizations on pop-up residencies and other arts programs. This freedom allows us a chance to experiment and prototype as we invest in the development of our 50 acres into an artist residency on a working farm.”

Crosshatch has received great feedback from the artists who have come to the Hill House. Jean Rohe, who has twice been through the Artist Residency program, recently had this to say about her time at the Hill House, “It was the precious space where we wrote several of the songs on our record, Hunger, released in August 2017. As I anticipate the record release and the months of national and international touring to follow this fall and next spring, I can see clearly how it all started at the Hill House residency in summer 2014. We simply could not have launched this project without the time and space it afforded.”

Crosshatch looks forward to continuing to be an advocate and providing support system for artists from Michigan and beyond. Keep an eye on www.crosshatch.org for more information about the evolution of their Artist Residency program and other art programming. Contact Amanda@Crosshatch.org or 231-622-5252 with any questions or comments.