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.”

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for co-directors to lead the AIRP.

We are also looking for a selection committee for the 2024 artists. Duties involve reviewing all the applications and selecting artists in one of the three categories: music, writing, and visual. Reviewing begins in late February and selection in March.

If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please email with a brief description of your background and why you'd like to be considered.

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.

2023 Artists

Lorraine Bubar, paper cutting
Los Angeles, California

Mick Grochowski, oil painting
Williamsburg, Virginia

Ken Reif, oil painting
Berwyn, Illinois

Kelly Meredith, painting
Butternut, Wisconsin

Alison Young, audio narrative
Brimley, Michigan

Simon Vansteenwinckel, photography
Belgium, Europe

Now Accepting Applications for 2024!

2024 AIRP Application
(Now accepting applications for 2024. Applications accepted until February 14, 2024.)
Application Instructions
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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We are enthusiastic in announcing this year's artists and hope that continued interest in the AIR program and the Porkies remains high in coming years.