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 volunteers for the AIRP committee, including a couple of volunteers to lead the committee.  If you have an interest in art - we'd love to talk with you to discuss these volunteer opportunities.

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.

Artist Programs

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.  As part of the Artist Residency, the artists will provide a public presentation demonstrating some aspect of their art.  Look for their upcoming presentations during their stays, on our Facebook page. 

Congratulations to our 2024 artists!  We had 118 applications and the selection committee had to narrow it down to 8.  If you do not see your name- thank you for your application, please consider applying again next year. 

Please note, we will be updating our application process for 2025.  Look for updates in the fall.

2024 Artists

Molly Carroll, soft pastel Maumee, Ohio
Residency Dates:  May 16-30
Presentation: May 26th, noon at the Visitor's Center

Justin David Gustafson, oil painting Ludington, Michigan
Residency Dates: June 1-14

Laura Annis, acrylic painting
Baraboo, Wisconsin
Residency Dates: June 17- July 1

John Dempsey, landscape painting
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Residency Dates: July 3-17

Lisa Boerema, hard shell gourd Belding, Michigan
Residency Dates: July 25- August 8

Jessica Bohus, sculptures/sketching/wire art
Fennville, Michigan
Residency Dates: August 22- September 5

Tracy Frizzell, painting Fridley, Minnesota
Residency Dates: September 9-30

David M. Mills "David David", photography
Berkley, Michigan
Residency Dates: October 3-20

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.