The Mission

“To offer residencies to new and established artists of recognized excellence from around the world to pursue their creative process in a wilderness environment.”

The Program

The Artist-in-Residence program at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is open to artists and artisans whose work can be influenced by this unique northern wilderness setting.  It offers writers, composers and all visual and performing artists and artisans the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Porkies and express it through their particular art form.



A rustic, timber frame cabin provides accommodations for the artist in residence. “Dan’s Cabin” was built as a tribute to Dan Urbanski, founding president of the Friends of the Porkies and award winning photographer.

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Free Demo’s and Workshop

Sam Knecht, painter from Hillsdale MI will be demonstrating his painting techniques from 3-5  at Lake of the Clouds, July 14 (rain date – next dry day).  Come and see how the magic happens!

Randi Ford, painter from Grand Rapids, MI will be demonstrating gouache or acrylic painting at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, Saturday, August 27 from 3-5 PM  Take a break and stop by to see what’s inspiring her!

Leigh Cox, ink and watercolor artist from Marietta, OH is presenting a free class for kids and their parents on Sunday, September 25 from 1:30-2:30.  Birds of Prey and their super-powers will wake the imaginations and be inspiration for this drawing, mini workshop.