Beltway Poetry Quarterly

Great Lakes

Anderson Center

Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, PO Box 406, Red Wing, MN 55066 (651) 388-2009. Residencies of 2 weeks to 1 month from May to October. Room, workspace, and board provided. Residents must provide community service (e.g., talk, lecture, reading, performance, teacher training or workshop). The center is also home to The Environmental Learning Center, Tower View Alternative HS and the Institute of Archeology. Open to those working in anthropology, archeology, biology, botany, children’s literature, drama, fiction, geology, history, music composition, nonfiction, painting, photography, poetry, sccreenwriting, and sculpture (visual, literary arts; scientists, humanists)

Artist at Pine Needles

Artist at Pine Needles, St. Croix Watershed Research Station, 16910 152nd St. N., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 (651) 433-5953. Located on a heavily-wooded, 20-acre site along the St. Croix River. Accomodations in rustic cabin built prior to WWI. Residencies of 2 to 4 weeks in Spring and Summer. Open to writers and visual artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics. Artists asked to participate in a community outreach project (school visit, demonstration, workshop, reading, etc.) and contribute one artwork. (visual, literary arts)

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 East River Rd., Fridley, MN 55432 (763) 574-1850. Community arts center in an 1847 inn on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Has one writer and one visual artist in residence for a 12 month term beginning in September. Opportunities to teach and mentor, give exhibitions or readings, small stipend. (visual, literary arts)

Blue Sky Project

Blue Sky Project, Summer Residency, PO Box 10506, Dayton, OH 45402 (937) 732-5123. Artists work collaboratively with Dayton-area teens (aged 14-19) for 8 weeks each summer. Housing, stipend, and project budget provided; use of art and computer facilities. Projects should “use the contemporary art-making process to develop self-awareness, leadership, critical thinking and creative problem solving skills in youth” while giving resident artists a forum “to extend their own exploration and studio practice in a unique collaborative setting with young people.” Projects culminate in final public exhibition or performance. Projects can include visual arts, sound installations, folklore, photography, land art, video, more. (visual, performing and media arts)

Charlotte Hollow Foundation for the Arts

Charlotte Hollow Foundation for the Arts, 6993 Wesleyan Church Rd., Pataskala, OH 43602 (614) 927-3566. Open April 1 through Nov. 1. (performing, visual, literary arts)

Chicago Art Retreats

Chicago Art Retreats, House of Two Urns, 1239 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60642 (773) 235-1408. Hosts week-long retreats for writers and visual artists. Fees charged; some scholarships for reduced fees. Located in the Wicker Park neighborhood. (visual and literary arts)

Collingwood Arts Center

Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH 43620 (419) 244-ARTS. Located in the historic Old West End of Toledo, in a former convent in the Flemish Gothic style, the Arts Center offers an Artist-in-Residence program, as well as a 608-seat public theater, and art classes for adults and children. Resident artists pay low-cost rent and get marketing support, and opportunities to perform and exhibit. Residents asked to volunteer several hours a month (housekeeping, ushering events, or other tasks) and leases are for 6 months minimum. Facilities include 25 visual arts studios, 9 music studios, one dance studio and over 50 dorm-like residential spaces of varying sizes with shared bathrooms and kitchens. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology

Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology, PO Box 929, Bellaire, MI 49615. Tel.: (231) 622-5252. Hill house is a two-story log cabin that is not ADA compliant, that can accommodate 2 to 4 artists at a time. Alternatively, an artist can request to bring up to 3 children and/or caregivers. No fees; residents provided with accommodation, studio space and food. Residencies of 2 to 4 weeks. (visual, literary, performing and media arts)

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, AIR Program, 3675 Oak Hill Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264 (330) 657-2796 or (800) 642-3297. 2 residencies per year of 6-8 weeks in Spring and Summer. Run by the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center and National Park Service. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Dillmans Creative Arts Foundation

Dillmans Creative Arts Foundation, PO Box 98, Lac de Flambeau, WI 54538-0098. Located in the Wisconsin Northwoods on a lake. Workshops and retreats. Fees charged. (visual arts)

Fields Project

The Fields Project, PO Box 444, Oregon, IL 61061 (815) 732-6347. Painters, photographers and sculptors in residence for nine days each summer, housed with farm families, to “bring art and architecture together.” Artists can work on their own or do a “field sculpture,” by cutting/moving flora on a piece of ground up to 15 acres in size, to create a sculpture designed to be viewed or photographed from the air. Residencies end with a public Fine Arts Festival at Mix Park. Fees charged. (visual arts)

Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park, 29815 Unity Ave., Shafer, MN 55074 (651) 465-3701. 16 acres in the St. Croix River Valley, 45 miles NE of Minneapolis. Open to established and emerging sculptors. 20 artists per year invited to create site-specific outdoor work. Residency and stipend. (visual arts)

Guest House at New Light Studios

The Guest House at New Light Studios, 1610 Town Hall Rd., Beloit, WI 53511 (608) 362-8055. Two-bedroom cottage on a Wisconsin “farmette.” Swimming pool, ping-pong, basketball, hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing nearby; booked on a first-come, first served basis; guests supply own food; fees charged. (visual, literary, performing arts, and “anyone seeking solitude in a peaceful, rural setting”)

Hiawatha National Forest

Hiawatha National Forest, Artist*Forest*Community Program, 400 E. Munising Ave., Munising, MI 49862 (906) 387-2512 ext 25. Two week residencies. The National Forest has rugged cliffs, expansive beaches, inland lakes, and a vast wilderness area. Each artist must give a public presentation/workshop. Artists housed in cabins, cottages, or camps, some primitive. 1 artist hosted per quarter. Open to Michigan residents only. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612) 871-1326. 3 residencies for emerging printmakers from MN, sponsored by the Jerome Foundation. (visual arts)

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, AIR Program, 1100 N. Mineral Springs, Porter, IN 46304 (219) 926-7561 x 225. Residencies of 2-4 weeks in houses or campsites from June to September. Artists asked to donate art to park and to interact with interested patrons and staff. Dunes rise 200 ft. above the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Beach, marsh and prairie. (visual, literary, media arts and landscape architects)

Island Hill House

Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology, PO Box 929, Bellaire, MI 49615 (231) 480-4515. Offers year-round residencies of 2 to 4 weeks. Residents share a two-bedroom log cabin in East Jordan, a small town in NW lower Michigan, near the Mackinaw State Forest. Can accommodate artist parents and their children, collaborating artists, and artist couples. Opportunities for community exchange through performance, readings and workshops (by request). Emerging musicians are offered a small stipend to aid in professional development. Food provided, but residents do their own cooking. (performing, visual, literary arts)

Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park, Artist-in-Residence Program, 800 E. Lakeshore Dr., Houghton, MI 49931 (906) 487-7152. Operates mid-June to mid-Sept. 5 residencies of 2-3 weeks. Island wilderness in Lake Superior; artists housed in shared rustic cabin (pit toilet, no electricity or running water). Artists must purchase food for entire stay in advance; canoe provided for transportation; ability to reside in a wilderness environment and to relate and interpret the park through art work are criteria for selection. Open to 2D visual artists, photographers, sculptors, performers, writers, video/filmmakers, composers. (visual, literary, and performing arts)

John Michael Kohler Art Center

John Michael Kohler Art Center, Arts/Industry Program, 608 New York Ave., PO Box 489, Sheboygan, WI 53082-0489 (920) 458-6144. 2-6 month residencies offered for 16 to 22 artists annually; room and board, travel costs, materials, access to industrial equipment and engineers for consulting; sculpture, ceramics, crafts; artists working in cast iron, bronze, ceramics, enameling; open access to pottery and iron foundries (visual arts)

Lanesboro Arts Center

Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro Residency Program, PO Box 152, Lansboro, MN 55949 (507) 467-2446. Nestled in the valley of southeast MN’s Root River, in a small town with a unique atmosphere that is part European hamlet, part tourist destination and part farm town, 2 hours south of the Twin Cities. 2-4 week residencies for sculptors, painters, poets, writers, and other emerging artists who reside in the US. Stipend, living and studio space provided. (visual, literary arts)

Mary Anderson Center for the Arts

Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, 101 St. Francis Dr., Mount St. Francis, IN 47146 (812) 923-8602. 1 week to 3 months; up to 6 writers and visual artists at a time; residents pay what they can afford; 400 acre wildlife refuge located 15 min. north of Louisville, KY in southern Indiana. (literary, performing, visual arts; architects, designers and scholars)

Minneapolis College of Art & Design

Minneapolis College of Art & Design, AIR Program, 133 E. 25th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404. Teaching residencies of 1-12 months, includes room, studio, stipend. Sculptors encouraged to apply. (visual arts)

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 24 North Third Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 338-3634. 1 year residencies; 24 hour access; teaching opportunities. For artists working in book binding, papermaking, printmaking. (visual arts)

Mitch Collective

Mitch Collective, 501 N 7th St., Martins Ferry, OH 43935. (740) 278-3011.  Located in a three story house built in 1907 that sits upon a hill along the Ohio River just across from Wheeling, WV.  Residencies of 2 weeks to 2 months for 2 artists at a time; shared studio; fees charged per week.  Open year-round; artists asked to teach a public workshop.  (visual and literary arts)

New York Mills Arts Retreat

New York Mills Arts Retreat, PO Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567 (218) 385-3339. Studio and housing; some stipends (half of all residencies granted funding); emerging artists who are writers, visual artists, composers, choreographers; artists provide own food; located along the Continental Divide in the town of New York Mills (pop. 1,200). Approximately 12 artists accepted each year for residencies of 2 or 4 weeks; one in residence at a time. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Northern Clay Center

Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 339-8007. McKnight Artist Residency Program. Open to mid-career ceramic artists who are not residents of Minnesota; 3 month residency. (visual arts)

Ohio University School of Art

Ohio University, School of Art, 528 Seigfried Hall, Athens, OH 45701 Attn: Ridges Visiting Artist Residency. Residencies of 1-4 weeks includes free lodging, private studio, chance to work with MFA students, and a solo exhibition. Must give a public lecture and private studio meetings. All contemporary disciplines encouraged. (visual arts)

Open Wabi

Open Wabi, 68 Mount Vernon Ave., Fredericktown, OH 43019. Tel: (740) 263-7870. Located on 20 acres in a 100-year-old factory building in rural Ohio. Accommodations in a converted railroad depot; participants also have the option to camp on the property. Residencies of 2 weeks for 4 to 5 artists at a time; fees charged, shared kitchen. Artists must provide their own transportation, food, and materials. (visual, literary, performing arts)


Ox-Bow Workshop for the Arts, Academic Administration, 37 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 49453 (312) 899-7455. 110 acres of wooded dunes, between the Kalamazoo River and Ox-Bow Lagoon, in Saugatuck, MI; housing in pre-Civil War Inn or cabin; fees charged; residencies of 2-5 weeks (visual arts)

Pewabic Pottery

Pewabic Pottery, AIR Program, 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214 (313) 822-0954. 6 month, 1 year, or 2 year residency includes studio, stipend, health insurance, materials; open to emerging ceramicists making functional pottery and/or architectural tile; artists must work at the Pottery 16 hours per week (may include teaching, design work or production); artists make own housing arrangements. (visual arts)

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, AIR Program, PO Box 40, Munsing, MI 49862 (906) 387-2607. Artists live and work in the park. Located along the shores of Lake Superior, multi-colored sandstone cliffs have been carved by the lake into towers, covers, and arches. Parkland also encompasses beaches, dunes, inland lakes, forests. Choice of accomodations from campsites to cabin to a former Coast Guard empoyee residence.1 residency per year of 4 weeks. Open to 2D visual artists and photographers. (visual arts)

Prairie Center of the Arts

Prairie Center of the Arts, 1412 SW Washington St., Peoria, IL 61602 (309) 673-5589. Housed in a century-old warehouse listed on the National Historic Register formerly a rope manufacturer. Near the Illinois River, 3 hours from Chicago and St. Louis. Housing and meals not provided; artists are given a stipend to cover those costs. Artists are expected to participate in public programs and studio tours, and to donate a piece of artwork. (visual arts)

Rabbit Island

Rabbit Island (Traverse Island), Lake Superior, Lake Linden, MI 49945 (810) 412-8884.  Residencies of 10 to 28 days.  Located on a 91 acre forested island in Lake Superior three miles east of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula; most of the island is maintained as a conservation easement and is home to eagle, heron, trout, and salmon.  Offers residencies for up to 3 artists per year in the summer, includes travel and materials stipends, and an exhibit at the DeVos Museum in Marquette MI.  Open to visual artists, writers, architects, designers, filmmakers, musicians and choreographers age 21 or older.  Not handicap-accessible; residents are advised to have experience with camping, wilderness travel, boat handling and first aid.  (visual, literary, performing, media arts)


Ragdale Foundation, 1260 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045 (847) 234-1063. Live/work spaces on the historic Howard Van Doren Shaw family estate, listed on the Register of Historic Places. Adjacent to 50 acres of prairie, located 30 miles from Chicago and 2 miles from Lake Michigan. Residencies for 18 or 25 days; fees charged, some financial aid and scholarships available; dinners served 5 nights/week, residents make all other meals from food provided. (visual, literary, and performing arts)

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, AIR Program, 9922 Front St., Empire, MI 49630-9797 (231) 326-5134. The massive dune which gives this park its name towers as high as 460 feet above Lake Michigan. Park also encompasses lakes, birch-lined streams, rugged bluffs. Choice of accomodations in campsite or park headquarters; 2 3-week time blocks available. Moderate reimbursement for mileage and out-of-pocket costs; artist asked to contribute one original work and to give one public program (demo, reading, slide talk, etc.) and must be willing to interact with the public while working in public spaces. Open to 2D visual artists, photographers, sculptors, writers, composers. (visual, literary, performing artists)

Soap Factory

Soap Factory, 514 Second St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (612) 623-9176. Located in a former warehouse along the riverfront. The AIR program supports emerging and mid-career visual and media artists with private studios, stipends, housing coordination, and career development support, plus opportunities to exhibit, monthly field trips, and informal gatherings. Length varies. Offers solo exhibition residencies, Midwest artist residencies, and curatorial residencies. (visual, media arts)

Studios Midwest

Studios Midwest, PO Box 291, Galesburg, IL 61402 (309) 344-1177. 8-week summer residencies for 4-6 artists from June through August; free housing and studio space; opportunities for informal community interaction and one group exhibit. Artists supply their own transportation, equipment, food. (visual arts)


Studium/Visiting Scholar Program, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, 104 Chapel Lane, St. Joseph, MN 56374. Tel: (320) 363-7172.  Open to creative writers and scholars whose “projects and personal style are in keeping with Benedictine cultural and social commitments (the boundaries are wide!)—awareness of God, community, prayer and work, listening, hospitality, stewardship and peace.”  Residents provided with apartment and office, access to campus events and gym.  Noon and evening meals are in the monastery dining hall.  Fees charged; some scholarships available for those staying a month or longer. (literary arts)

Taleamore Park

Taleamore Park, P.O. Box 456, LaPorte, Indiana 46352 (765) 586-2686. Located on a 375-acre farm, about 1.5 hours from Chicago. Two and four week residencies for artists, scientists, and scholars in a two-story 1854 Italianate brick farmhouse for up to 4 at a time. Residents must agree to spend 2.5 hours a week helping with upkeep in the house and garden. Fees charged; residents must provide their own food. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Thurber House

The Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 464-1032. Residency for writers, and for writers of children’s literature. Stipend. (literary arts)

University of Wisconsin Center on Age & Community

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Center on Age & Community, Residency in Applied Arts, Milwaukee, WI. Residencies of 3 months, stipend plus travel, housing and supplies for artists of all disciplines interested in developing work addressing aging and memory loss. Open to permanent US residents who are professional artists. Artists must develop a project, engage directly with community participants, provide two one-time master classes (one for students; one for the community); participate in a culminating exhibit or performance. (visual, literary, performing, and media arts)

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, AIR Program, 1064 Race St., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 454-7000. 4 artists at a time; 2 years. (visual, media, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary arts)

Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park, AIR Program, 3131 Hwy. 53, International Falls, MN 56649-8904. (218) 283-9821. National Park encompasses more than 30 lakes, countless bogs, marshes, beaver ponds on land that was once the route of French-Canadian votageurs. Home to moose, deer, timber wolves, bald eagles, ospreys, and loons. Two artists at a time share a one-bedroom cabin with modern bath and kitchen for 2 weeks in August. Canoe provided. Artists asked to donate one work to the park collection and offer a public program. Open to 2D visual artists, photographers, sculptors, performers, writers, video/filmmakers, composers. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing

Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Dept. of English, University of Wisconsin, 600 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706. Fellowship of 9 mos. and stipend of $20,000 for poets and fiction writers who have completed an MA or MFA and are working on a first book. 2 awards annually; residency for one academic year. Writers must teach one class each semester and give one public reading. (literary arts)

Witt Residency

Roman J. Witt Residency Program, University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art & Design, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069. (734) 764-3464. One residency per academic year awarded to a visiting artist or designer to develop new work in collaboration with students and faculty. Open to established and emerging artists with good social and communication skills who are interested in generating creative partnerships across disciplines. Honorarium, housing, studio space, materials budget provided. (visual, media arts)

Witts Residency

Roman J. Witts Residency Program, University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art & Design, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. (734) 764-3464. Awards one residency per academic year (up to 12 weeks) for a visiting artist/designer to develop new work in collaboration with students and faculty. Provides honorarium, plus additional funding support for project materials, housing, studio space. Open to individuals or creative teams. Equipment available includes printmaking, metal working, video and photography tools.(visual arts)

Write On Door County

Write On Door County, P.O. Box 457, 4177 Juddville Rd., Fish Creek, WI 54212. (920) 868-1457. Located on nearly 40 acres of meadows, orchards, and woodlands near the shoreline of Green Bay, between the villages of Egg Harbor and Fish Creek. Short and long-term residencies available to two writers at a time. Accommodations can be made to writers’ families. Residents must provide a community service during their stay (such as teaching a class, visiting schools or senior centers). (literary arts)

Writers in the Heartland

Writers in the Heartland, c/o Dr. Patricia Brett Erens, 180 E. Pearson St., #3802, Chicago, IL 60611. Residency for up to 5 writers at a time in Gilman, IL, two hours south of Chicago, on a secluded lake surrounded by 32 acres of woodlands and farmland. Property includes hiking trails, a meditation garden, and an outdoor running track. All meals provided (vegetarian, low-fat, low-sodium fare). Open September and October only. Most writers stay one week, but some longer residencies also possible. (literary arts)

Writing By Writers

Writing By Writers, PO Box 60544, Palo Alto, CA, 94306. Offers two residency programs. Wolf House is located in NE Minneapolis and offers two one-week residencies (one in Spring, one in Summer). Mill House is located in Bend, OR and offers one two-week residency each Winter for up to 6 writers. At Mill House, each writer lives in a 1 or 2-bedroom cottage (and there is a shared hot tub). For both residencies, there is no fee for lodging, but residents are responsible for their own meals and transportation. At both residencies, artists may opt to bring their dogs (but no spouses, children, or friends). (literary arts)