Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists Residency

Ox-Bow’s Artist-in-Residence program, located in Saugatuck, MI, offers artists the time, space, and community to encourage growth and experimentation in their practice. Ox-Bow offers two distinct residency cycles during the summer and fall seasons. Each season offers the artists who join the residency program a different experience, both rooted in community, but distinct enough to address the various needs of a diverse group of artists.
The Summer Arts Faculty Artist-in-Residence Program is available to arts faculty for 2 week periods of time. The program is designed to give five teaching artists who are art faculty members at any grade level, in an adjunct or full-time capacity.the much needed time to focus on their own art work throughout the summer, and also to connect to other faculty who are teaching at Ox-Bow. Artists in residence are invited to take full advantage of the comprehensive community of students, faculty, and Visiting Artists that rotate on a weekly and bi-weekly basis on campus and should desire to work in a dynamic, discursive environment. Summer artists in residence should not apply with the intention of using the academic studios on campus.
The MFA Summer Residencyis a three-week program open to any current or recent MFA graduate. Recent grads must have graduated from an MFA program on or after December 2015. The program allows residents to take advantage of the summer community (faculty, visiting artists and students) while also having the space and time to focus on their practice. The residency is open to all visual art.
The Fall Residency is available for 2- to 5-week residencies. The fall season is a quieter and more contemplative program for artists that are interested in engaging with a small group of peers, but also are comfortable with extended periods of concentrated studio time. Fall is also the ideal time for artists who wish to apply as collectives. We also welcome writers to apply during this time. Ox-Bow's five academic studios may be available for use depending on level of experience and staff availability.


Saugatuck, Michigan: United States
Founded on the shores of Lake Michigan as an escape from the city, Ox-Bow’s campus encompasses 115-acres of pristine natural forests, dunes, a lagoon, and historic buildings. It is both defined and protected by the landscape that inspires the artists who live and work here.


  • Residency Length: 2-3 weeks (summer); 2-5 weeks (fall)
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 2 (summer); 27 (fall)
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 50
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 300


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: February 01May 01
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    MFA and Faculty Residency Deadline: February 1, 2017, Fall Artist and Writers Residency Deadline: May 1, 2017

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Ox-Bow is able to accommodate most dietary concerns.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Living quarters, studios, and public areas are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Film / Digital editing, Fine metals / Jewelry making, Glass blowing, Glass casting, Heavy metals / Blacksmithing, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
     Artists who wish to apply for the summer residency season will not be able to use studio equipment, as Ox-Bow's academic program is in session. Additionally, artists who wish to work in new media or with computer equipment must bring their own equipment. Fall artists in residence may have access to studio equipment, though use of studios is dependent on level of experience, as well as staff availability on campus.
  • Other facilities and services: Studios available for use by artists in residence are located in two group studio houses. Ox-Bow tries to place artists in residence in the space that best fits each artists needs.

Residency Fees

We are happy to announce that in 2017 Ox-Bow will be furthering our commitment to the needs of artists by no longer charging fees for the residency program (including application, room & board, and residency fees). All accepted residents will be fully funded.

Stipends / other support

Artists may apply for additional stipends to help pay for the cost of travel, supplies, and time away from work.

Additional expectations / opportunities

All artists in residence are invited to give a slide talk of their work to the community present on campus.

Contact Information

36 South Wabash, 12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
United States
Tel: 800.318.3019

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