Grand Marais Art Colony Group Residencies

Image of an artist working on an easel.

Image of an artist working on an easel.

Image of a group working in Founders Hall.

Image of a group working in Founders Hall.

Grand Marais Art Colony Group Residencies

Grand Marais, MN, United States

The Art Colony has two application periods for group residencies. This application is for artists who are looking to schedule a residency from January - June, 2023. Group residencies are fee-based and intended for groups of up to 8 artists. Artists can work with outside grant sources to fund their time at the Art Colony. 

**Residency Timeline**

* October 18, 2022 | Application Open 

* December 12, 2022 | Applications Close

* Rolling | Notifications

* January - June, 2023 | Residency Period

Applications for residencies scheduled for July - December 2023, will open January 16, 2023.

* All of our studios are within walking distance of Lake Superior, the downtown business district, guest suite, and YMCA. 

* Studios are accessible from ground level or by ramp and residents have 24 hour access plus WiFi.

* Residencies are subject to a 25% non-refundable deposit

* Full payment due 45 days prior

Group residencies are possible in the following studios: Ceramics, Founders Hall, Pill Box, and Printmaking. See our website for full fee details:


Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded in an arts or cultural organization (including theater + gallery)
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
1 week - 4 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
Costume/Fashion Design
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Literary Nonfiction
New Genres
Performance Art
Graphic Design
Environmental Arts
Urban Planning/Design
Art Conservation
Art Education
Art History
Pets are not allowed
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Unstructured time
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to equipment, specialized facilities and/or technical support
Inspiration from natural environment
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Additional Eligibility Information

The Grand Marais Art Colony recognizes the arts as an inherent and vital aspect of our shared common life. The creation and experience of artistic expression contribute to both individual and community well-being. We believe in the ability to build connections and understanding through supporting everyone’s artistic expression no matter their: race, tribal affiliation, ethnicity, national origin, immigration / refugee status, age, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, socioeconomic background and / or the intersectionality of these identities.

GMAC acknowledges that systems and structures currently in place have historically marginalized and underserved many of those whom we wish to have as part of our shared common life.

We are committed to closing access gaps in the arts with urgency and accountability. We believe sustained impact requires authentic relationships and transformative work, and to this end we are deeply invested. It will take time, it will take thought, it will require that we act with intention and integrity.

We are committed to making inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) as much a part of our everyday operations as it is a part of the Art Colony’s mission. We believe that if we really want a flourishing organization, we can’t get there unless we are inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible.

Sounds great, but what does it mean and how do we do it?

Answering that takes far more understanding, effort, and actualization than simply beginning to use words such as ‘inclusion’, ‘diversity’, ‘equity’ and ‘accessibility.’ The full implication of these words implies a way of thinking and acting that’s different from business as usual.

To understand the forces that cause disparities in our communities, organizations and country, there is history to unravel and a need for us to take a thoughtful look at how race, tribal affiliation, ethnicity, national origin, immigration / refugee status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, disability status, geography, age and other forms of bias and oppression are embedded within the institutions and systems in our community, within the Art Colony, and within ourselves.

That means recognizing how privilege works as the flip side of bias and oppression, creating unspoken advantages for some communities over others. For us as an arts organization, it also means grappling with our identity in a sector where disparities can be profound. Ultimately, it means applying our learning as individuals and as an organization to make meaningful change in how we operate at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

We know this will be a continuing journey. Our thinking will continue to evolve. As we deepen our commitment to sustaining a flourishing, inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible organization, we have refined our working definition of IDEA to mean the existence of conditions where all people can reach their full potential in the arts.

While building on the organizational efforts already made under the umbrella of IDEA, GMAC will focus its resources to educate ourselves, modify our practices and shift our own organizational culture to challenge and address disparities as we move towards building and sustaining a more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible arts sector.

A truly flourishing, inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible Art Colony will take all of our collective knowledge and commitment. And, as we redouble our effort to make this intent a reality, we expect it will be uncomfortable at times. We do not have all the answers. We will make mistakes. Nonetheless, this is important work that we must do.

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

Variable fees apply depending on the studio and the number of artists in the group. Currently our range begins at $180/week for our Ceramics, Print, and the Pill Box studios, and goes up to $275 for Founders Hall.

Lodging is $35/night and studio and lodging cleaning fees apply.

See our website and each studio for full details:

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Full description of accessibility on campus
ASL interpretation
Written and or hard copies of text being presented
Accessible seating
Staff/volunteer reading information aloud
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Contact info for accessibility requests for event/programming
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Housing available on campus
Accessibility Contact Name
Ruth Pszwaro
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Artists can experience everything with limited mobility.

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

The main guest suite is up a staircase. However, we have a separate ADA compliant bedroom available.

Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
ADA Compliant
Common/Communal Spaces Information

All of our studios are accessible by ground-level entry or a ramp.

Additional Housing Information
No laundry access
WIFI available in housing
Housekeeping services
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
No meals are provided
Additional Meals Information
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Computer and internet connection provided in studio area (private)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Slab Roller
Clay Mixers
Raku Kiln
Electric Kiln
Fine Metals / Jewelry Making
Jeweler’s Bench
Anvils, Stakes + Hammers
Acetylene/Air Torches
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Drawing Benches
Printmaking Workspaces
Etching Press
Glass Inking Table
Drying Racks
Aquatint Box
Hot Plates
Paper Soaking Sinks
Paper Tearing Table
Light Tables
Large Sinks
Large Exposure Unit
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff
Studio support provided by dedicated tech
On-call Studio support provided