Individual Artists Residencies

Ely, MN, United States

Three Individual Artist Residencies are offered in 2023 for individual artists and/or small collaborative teams of all disciplines (literary, performing and visual arts) who wish to create work in the natural environment and in community with other artists.

There is also time for play and rejuvenation - all in support of each artist’s goals, needs and interests.

Lodging for the residency and a welcome meal on the first night are provided; artists purchase food and prepare their other meals; there are fully-equipped kitchens in each cabin; sheets, bedding and towels are also provided.

Applications are open from January 2 - February 15, 2023

The dramaturgical assistance of TLC Executive Director & Dramaturg Liz Engelman is available, if desired.


2209 Fernberg Road
Ely, MN 55731
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Embedded in a non-profit inn and retreat center
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Residency Length
6 days - 12 days
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
May apply as a team
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Literary Nonfiction
New Genres
Performance Art
Multimedia Arts
Public Art
Social Practice
Pets (Non-service animals)
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Lead workshop for fellow residents
Lead a skill share
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Opportunity to travel
Unstructured time
Unrestricted funding
Access to studio space to create new work
Access to equipment, specialized facilities and/or technical support
Inspiration from natural environment
Professional development support and/or trainings
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Opportunities for work with the local community
Opportunities to exhibit or perform new work
Additional Eligibility Information

We believe the land Tofte Lake Center sits on and the programs and opportunities we offer belong - and should be accessible to - artists of all genders, ages, abilities and racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. We regard TLC as a home where all artists, arts supporters and audiences can touch the land, honor the ancestors, and through art become cultural stewards for the generations to come. We create community through personal and professional exploration of our ever-changing cultural dimensions: spiritual, political, economic, health and well-being, academic and, of course - art.

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

Lodging is provided to the artists; meals are not included; stipends are not available; no additional fees are charged to the artists

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
US Dollar (USD)
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
High contrast, clear way-finding and/or signage
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Additional Accessibility Information

Situated adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, TLC is in a beautifully remote, rugged location 16 miles from town. The cabins are not wheelchair accessible; one cabin has a ramp and kitchen, bathroom, sleeping and living spaces on one floor, suitable for someone with limited mobility, but not wheelchair bound. The performance and visual arts studios are accessible, with bathroom facilities in a portable unit. The communal gathering space has limited accessiblity, but the bathroom is not wheelchair accessible. 

Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Liz Engelman, Executive Director
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Artists with limited mobility would be able to participate in activities in the performance and visual arts studios, and around the campfire. The communal building is accessible to individuals with limited mobility (cane, walker) but not a wheelchair. The communal building is where residents access WiFi. 

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

Boating and waterfront activities including the sauna would not be easily accessible.

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Shared bedroom
Accessible Housing
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Accessible Communal Spaces
Universally designed
Common/Communal Spaces Information

The communal space is accessible and on one floor, but the bathroom facility is not suitable for wheelchair access.

Additional Housing Information
No laundry access
No WIFI in housing
Housekeeping services
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Residents have access to private kitchen
No meals are provided
Additional Meals Information
Snack and beverage provided
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

The performance studio is a 30x40 foot area screened in on three sides with a Marley dance floor; it is not heated.

A state-of-the-art sound board and music system is installed in the performance studio; mics are not available.

The visual arts studio is 20x30 feet and uses space heaters, if needed. It is equipped with pop-up work tables, stools/chairs, a sink, and a large cork board for display.

Artists are expected to bring their own materials for visual arts.

Nearby bathroom facility is an outhouse.


Studios/Special Equipment
Shared Studios
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Dance Studio With Sprung Floor
Printers + Scanner
Music/Media Studio Non-recording
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Large Sinks
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided