City of Novi - Villa Barr Art Park: Residency Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

Associated Residency Program

Villa Barr is the most recent addition to the parks and recreation division of the City of Novi, Michigan. The four-acre property, previously owned by internationally recognized artist David Barr and dancer Beth Dwaihy Barr, includes a home, studio and multiple sculpture installations in a park setting. The home was designed by Chicago architect Lawrence Booth to reflect David Barr’s personal aesthetic, one that was “…germinated by constructivist principles of art, fascination with nature’s innermost structural processes, and a belief in the promises of the American democratic experiment.”

Novi, Michigan (population 66,000) was founded as a township in 1832. Novi is equidistant (25 miles) from the centers of Detroit and Ann Arbor. The City’s public art program is designed to enrich the visual environment of the City of Novi by placing works of art that inspire the community and engage the mind and senses.

Three residency periods per year (6 to 15 weeks) *Shorter residencies are available on a case-by-case basis.

  • Residencies are available April 15-December 15

Villa Barr provides to the artist:

  • Full use of the house and studio at no cost
  • All tools existing in the studio
  • An honorarium of up to $1,000
  • Opportunity for immediate family to reside at Villa Barr during the residency

The Artist will provide or be responsible for:

  • Day-to-day living expenses including meals
  • All supplies and materials used to create artworks
  • Maintaining the house in a clean and orderly
There is no application deadline
Residency Length
6 weeks - 15 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Glass Arts
Landscape Architecture
Performance Art
Public Art
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Participate in public programming
Give artist talk or presentation
Lead workshop for the public
Lead a skill share
Accessible Housing
Meals Provided
Residents have access to private kitchen
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Dedicated Metal Shop
Fine Metals / Jewelry Making
Washer And Dryer
Woodworking Tools
Wood Vises And Wood Working Table
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application