2024 residency applications are open for the following programs:
  • Self-Guided Residencies | July – December 
  • Group Residencies | July – December

Visit our SlideRoom page to apply.

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The Art Colony provides artists with independent work space in professional studios amidst the backdrop of a stunning landscape. An environment of creative freedom supports the process and development of new works, allowing for a combination of aesthetic inquiry, creative risk-taking, experimentation, and artistic development.

Juried Artists-in-Residence

Applications for our 2024 juried residency are closed

Congratulations to our 2024 Juried Artists-in-Residence:

2025 Residency Timeline

October 18, 2024 | Applications Open
December 2, 2024 | Applications Close
December 16, 2024 | Notifications
May 19, 2025 | Residency Check in
May 31, 2025 | Morning Open Studios
June 31, 2025 | Residency Check out

The juried residents will receive free studio space and lodging along with a $400 stipend.

Apply on our SlideRoom page.

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2023 Self-Guided Residencies

Experience our professional studios (clay, painting/multi-discipline, printmaking, and our writing room) and find uninterrupted space and time to focus, rejuvenate, and hone your artistic vision.

  • Applications for our July – December, 2024 residency window are now open until June 14, 2024

See all fees and apply on our SlideRoom page.

Studios available for self-guided residencies include our Ceramics StudioEco-friendly Printmaking Studio, Founders Hall Multi-discipline Studio, the Pill Box Multi-discipline Studio, and the Writing Room.

2023 Group Residencies

Experience our professional studios (clay, painting/multi-discipline, printmaking, and our writing room) and find uninterrupted space and time to focus, rejuvenate, and hone your artistic vision with a group of up to 8 artists.

  • Applications for the July – December, 2024, residency window are now open until June 14, 2024.

Max Number of Artists per Studio:

  • Ceramics = 2 artists
  • Founders Hall = 8 artists
  • Pill Box = 4 artists
  • Printmaking Studio = 4 artists

See full rates and apppply on our SlideRoom page

Email us at with questions and note that SlideRoom also has a help center.

Call for Arrowhead Artists

The Art Colony invites Minnesota Arrowhead regional artists working in two-dimensional mediums to submit applications for month-long exhibitions in its Gallery Store. Available months include May, June, July, August, September, and October. The Gallery Store is located downtown Grand Marais and is open May – October, Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10 am – 3 pm.

Application Timeline

October 18, 2023 | Call for Artists Open
January 12, 2023 | Applications Close
January 15 – 19, 2024 | Notifications
May – October, 2024 | Exhibition Season; one-month exhibitions rotating

Public Functionary x GMAC Juried Residency

We are excited to announce our 2024 PF Studios x GMAC juried artists-in-residents!

  • Patricio De Lara
  • Hibaaq Ibrahim
  • Leeya Rose Jackson
  • Godfree Manley-Spain
  • Genie Hien Tran

This residency is open to applications from artists in the Public Functionary Studio program (PF Studios) who have either 1) been in PF Studios for at least 1 year prior to application deadline, or 2) are up to 1 year from departure from the program. Juried artists will receive 8 full days and 2 partial days (due to travel) of free studio access in the Art Colony’s Founders Hall Studio, along with lodging.

Residents also receive work and travel stipends.

This program is a partnership between the Grand Marais Art Colony and Public Functionary.

Residency Timeline
Applications Open | October 23, 2023
Applications Close | November 20, 2023
Notifications | December 1, 2023
Residency Dates | February 1 – 10, 2024

With gratitude to East Bay Suites for their generous business sponsorship of this program.


Lodging is available in the Art Colony guest suite located at its 120 Studio Building. The guest suite includes three private bedrooms, each with a double bed, plus a shared kitchenette, bathroom, and common space. The guest suite requires climbing a flight of stairs. Upon request, we do have a separate ADA-compliant guest room with a twin bed and an ADA-compliant bathroom with access to a common kitchen area that is at ground level and does not require the use of stairs.

2024 Lodging fee is $45 / night plus a one-time $50 cleaning fee.

Individual Grant Funded Residencies - Outside Grant Source

For those applying for a grant to fund your residencies that requires a commitment from an organization in advance, note that the Art Colony selects a small number of artists to partner with in this way and advanced consent is required. Studio, administration and marketing fees apply.

Questions can be sent to


Permanent, year-round residents of Cook County, Minnesota or eligible for a 10% discount on residency fees. Please specify your eligibility when applying.

Studio Sessions

Give yourself the gift of space and time to work on your work!

Studio Sessions are typically week-long classes where up to ten artists bring their works-in-progress and work under the guidance of an artist faciliator / mentor. A perfect fit for artists with experience and a coherent body of work who want to work alongside other artists who are at equivalent levels in their creative practice. The facilitating artist will provide some structure for the group while meeting with each artist one-to-one to support their individual goals. Artists are invited to bring their works in progress and also explore new directions and influences.

2024 classes launch after the New Year. Art Colony members are allowed early bird registration.

Artist Services
The main way that we serve artists is through providing studio space and time for artists to do their work.

Our goal is to help artists grow their practice, by providing opportunities for them to experiment with as well as finish their work.

Along with studio access and residency opportunities, we offer a select number of photo shoots with a Cook County photographer to help artists develop their portfolios.


Need-based scholarships are available to artists-in-residence through the Belvo-Jorgenson Fund. Please fill out the attached form and return it to:

Previous Juried & Invited Artists-in-Residence:


Kris Musto | Founders Hall
Michelle Miles| Founders Hall
Ciaran McQuiston | Printmaking


David Andree | Sculpture and Photography
Galilee Peaches | Sculpture and Painting
Grace Sippy | Printmaking


Corrie Steckelberg | Installation
Christine Forni | Printmaking
Dana De Ano | Two-and-a-half Dimensional Drawing and Mixed-media
Moheb Soliman | Performance Poetry
Moira Bateman | Textiles and Mixed-media
Annie Hejny | Painting
Nick Wroblewski | Printmaking


Jonathan Herrera | Printmaking
Jeffrey Stenbom | Glass
David Andree | Sculpture and Drawing
Gabriella Boros | Printmaking


Holly Newton Swift | Drawing
John Schuerman | Drawing
Luke Johnson | Printmaking


Charles Lume | Installation
Mary Bergs & Lisa Hochstein | Installation
Walter Early | Sculpture and Drawing
Beth Dorsey | Printmaking


Mary Bergs | Installation
Marty Harris | Printmaking


Ginny Sims | Drawing on Ceramic Pots


Dan and Lee Ross | Printmaking


Hazel Belvo | Painting

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