Grand Marais Art Colony Juried Residency

Image of Print Studio that is approximately 1,000 square feet and well lit.

Image of Print Studio that is approximately 1,000 square feet and well lit.

Grand Marais Art Colony Juried Residency

Grand Marais, MN, United States

The Art Colony has applications open for 2 juried artists-in-residence, one who will work in our Eco-friendly Printmaking studio, and one in our multi-disciplinary Pill Box studio. Both studios are located in our Studio 21 building.

Residency Timeline

October 18, 2022 | Applications Open 

December 1, 2022 | Applications Close

December 15, 2022 | Notifications

May 29, 2023 | Residency Check in 

June 10, 2023 | Morning Open Studios

June 11, 2023 | Residency Check out

The juried residents will receive free studio space and lodging for the nights of May 29 - June 10, 2023, along with a $400 stipend.


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.

Pill Box Studio

* 500 square feet

* Downtown studio adjacent to exhibition hall. 

* Easels

* Painting perch stools and chairs

* Tables

* Water source 

* Artists can work directly on the walls

Printmaking Studio

* 750 square feet

* Takach 40 x 72-inch etching press

* Vandercook Number 4 proof press

* Copper etching facility

* UV exposure unit and light box

* Vent hood for aquatint

Guest Room

The guest suite includes separate, individual and lockable rooms with queen-size beds, plus a shared kitchen, bathroom, and common area. 


Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded in an arts or cultural organization (including theater + gallery)
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
2 weeks - 2 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Literary Nonfiction
New Genres
Environmental Arts
Pets are not allowed
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
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
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
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
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

Accepted residents receive free lodging and studio space for 2 weeks, plus a $400 stipend.

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
Captions for videos
ASL interpretation
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?
ADA Compliant
Accessibility Contact Name
Ruth Pszwaro
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

All of it.

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

We have two separate lodging areas. The main guest suite is up a flight of stairs but we have an independent room that is accessible.

Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
ADA Compliant
Common/Communal Spaces Information

All of our buildings are accessible either by ground level door or ramp.

Additional Housing Information
No laundry access
WIFI available in housing
Housekeeping services
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
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
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Drawing Benches
Printmaking Workspaces
Book Arts Facilities
Etching Press
Glass Inking Table
Drying Racks
Aquatint Box
Hot Plates
Metal Plate Shear
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
Tech hours
On-call Studio support provided
Studios/facilities Details
Heat and Cool control access