Peninsula School of Art: 2022-23 Winter Sessions

Associated Residency Program

For over 55 years, Peninsula School of Art has supported the advancement of visual artists’ careers, the creative process, and the development of new work. Originally a seasonal destination for artists and educators to make, exchange ideas, and collaborate, PenArt has evolved into a national arts hub; working with a growing audience through innovative workshops, exhibitions, and public programs. With such value placed on taking risks and pursuing new directions throughout our history, we are thrilled to expand our support of the artists of today through our Artists-in-Residence Program.

Designed for artists of all career stages, the Artists-in-Residence Program is an immersive studio experience awarded to six individuals each year. The program prioritizes time and space for residents to engage fully in their creative practice, experiment, and pursue new projects and ideas. In an environment that encourages contemplation, experimentation, and exchange, this program is invested in new modes of thinking and working in the field of visual art.

Residency Details

  • Six-week residency sessions
  • Two artists-in-residence at a time
  • 24-hour access to 500 square foot, semi-private workspace in our new Madeline Tourtelot Studio Building.
  • Access to printmaking, digital, metals, and ceramics studios and equipment.
  • Private bedroom in shared, fully furnished Resident House located directly across the street.
  • One-hour studio visit with session's Visiting Critic
  • Opportunities to engage with the public and neighboring arts organizations, including a brief Meet-and-Greet Event and End-of-Session Studio Tour

Session Dates

  • Session 1: November 3 - December 15, 2022
  • Session 2: January 12 - February 23, 2023
  • Session 3: March 30 - May 11, 2023

Fees and Funding
Residents pay a fee of $750 for their six-week session at PenArt. A select number of residencies each year are fully funded fellowships awarded by the selection committee. Please indicate your interest in being considered for funding on the application.

Living in Fish Creek
Peninsula School of Art is located in the center of Door County - a 70-mile-long region in northeast Wisconsin. The School and Resident House are a half-mile from downtown Fish Creek (population 997). Local attractions include several taverns and restaurants, Fish Creek Market for all of the essentials, Nelson's True Value for hardware and much more, YMCA, Door County Auditorium, Peninsula State Park, and Lake Michigan. Greater Door County features a number of galleries and artist studios, performing arts venues, miles of county and state park trails, lighthouses, a restaurant with goats on the roof, and unbeatable sunsets. While often thought of as a summer and fall destination for tourists, it's a great place to spend the winter and spring - a bit quieter, but equally beautiful.

Residency Length
6 weeks - 6 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Performance Art
Digital Media
Multimedia Arts
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Only open to artists based in country the program is located
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Slab Roller
Electric Kiln
Dedicated Metal Shop
Fine Metals / Jewelry Making
Jeweler’s Bench
Anvils, Stakes + Hammers
Hydraulic Press
Soldering Workspace
Acetylene/Air Torches
Soldering Picks+Tweezers
Solderite Boards
Bench Grinder
Buffing Machine
Enameling Kilns
Printers + Scanner
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Drawing Benches
Printmaking Workspaces
Etching Press
Drying Racks
Silkscreen Studio
Light Tables
Large Sinks
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Additional Eligibility Information


  • Artists must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Artists may not be enrolled in a degree granting program at the time of the residency.
  • Artists of all visual arts disciplines and career levels are eligible to apply.
  • Small collaborative teams are eligible to apply. Please note, if selected, PenArt is only able to accommodate two members of a collaborative team to live on-site and participate in the residency.
  • Participation requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

What You Need to Apply

  • Contact information, including mailing address, phone number, email address, and pronouns.
  • Artist statement (150 words max)
  • Letter of interest, outlining why a residency experience is important to you at this stage in your career and what you intend to investigate while here. Note, PenArt's residency program is not tied to a specific outcome or project. (500 words max)
  • Ten samples of work completed in the last five years.
  • Contact information of three references who can attest to your ability to participate and work within an artistic community.
  • Scheduling preferences.
  • $35 non-refundable fee. These fees go directly to the expenses associated with the selection process, including stipends for the selection committee members and the cost of the application portal. Selection committee feedback is provided to all applicants.

Selection Process and Criteria

Applications are reviewed by a rotating committee of artists, educators, and arts professionals. The selection process consists of an online review followed by a full committee meeting. Every effort is made to ensure an impartial and broadly inclusive review process. Residents are selected based on the creativity, innovation, and skill of their work; potential for career development and growth; and readiness to engage with and benefit from the residency experience offered at PenArt.
Notifications to all applicants are sent via email after the selection committee has made its final decision and references have been contacted. The selection process takes approximately eight weeks from the application deadline.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

The actual cost of supporting an artist for six weeks is $3,600. Thanks to the generous support of donors and granting organizations, the artist’s contribution for an individual residency is $750.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

A select number of the six residencies are fully funded fellowships awarded by the selection panel. Please indicate your interest in being considered for funding on the application.

Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application