The Good Hart Artist Residency offers 10-21 day residency stays to visual artists, writers, and composers at any stage of their career. Each artist is housed in a private residence with a detached studio and provided with a $500.00 stipend, a kitchen stocked with basic foods, a few home-cooked meals from local hosts, and a quiet setting along the shores of Lake Michigan. Tucked into the woods along the “Tunnel of Trees,” a Scenic Heritage Route, residents can walk into the village of Good Hart, enjoy Lake Michigan and the nearby sand dunes, and explore Northern Michigan’s inland lakes and wetlands. The Good Hart Artist residency generally hosts one resident at a time, offering each artist the time, space, and quiet to focus and create.

Community is central to the mission of the Good Hart Artist Residency. Open Studio Saturdays offer visual artists an opportunity to share their work with local residents for one Saturday during their stay, and the annual Harbor Springs Festival of the Book connects resident writers to both local and literary communities. Each artist collaborates with a local nonprofit organization during their stay to lead an educational event, workshop, or exhibition. Please visit our local partnerships page for additional information about these collaborations.

Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Elmer Johnston Nature Preserve, Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve, and Readmond Township Nature Preserve are just a few of the many nearby parks that offer inspiring landscapes and diverse habitats. The widely varying weather conditions and unique scenery provide dramatic content for artists, writers and composers.  Applicants who will draw inspiration from the natural setting and use environmentally friendly materials and methods are especially encouraged to apply.


Residents are provided with a one-bedroom, fully-furnished contemporary house, a short walk from the beach of Lake Michigan.

Accommodations include:

  • Master bedroom with a queen-sized bed, linens provided
  • Living room with double-sized fold-down futon
  • Open loft with reading area and queen-sized sleeper sofa
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Full bath with roll-in shower on main floor, and second-floor half bath
  • Washer and dryer, laundry soap provided
  • Patio and outdoor furniture, including grill and fire pit
  • WiFi
  • Acoustic guitar, keyboard (Yamaha P-125), and use of a bicycle


  • Approximately 14 by 24-foot studio space, a 10 by 10-foot outdoor covered porch, 9 by 8-foot studio hydraulic lift door, basic tools, bathroom/storage area
  • Natural and track lighting
  • Worktables
  • Easels including a travel/field easel
  • Basic miscellaneous art supplies, drop cloth, mineral spirits, rags, waste disposal
  • Studio is available for resident use May – October

Note: All other painting/art supplies to be provided by the artist and should be mailed well in advance of the residency. Local shopping for art supplies is limited. Mail supplies to 1159 N. Lamkin Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740

A three-minute tour of the studio and surrounding area is available on our YouTube Channel


The residence and the studio space have been designed with accessibility and inclusion in mind. Please see our Accessibility Plan.

If you have any additional questions regarding accessibility contact Bill Klco, Director of Operations [email protected].

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We are offering the following Application Information Sessions via Zoom.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 11:00am EST
Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 7:00pm EST

Application Requirements

Applicants must be pursuing their art, writing, or composing as a professional career. We understand that life is a journey and you may be working toward this goal. Applicants are considered on the basis of their submitted work, interest in the program, and proposed community engagement. Please review our Inclusion and Diversity and Partnership information. Applicants may be of any age or nationality. Selected residents are responsible for their own transportation to and from the residency; many use the $500 stipend to aid in travel costs.

Applications must include:

  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of intent: tell us about your art, what inspires you, and what you plan to work on during the residency if selected.
  • Brief summary of a proposed community engagement event or educational workshop to be offered during your residency in collaboration with a local partner. The applicant should indicate in their application if there is a specific partner they would like to work with; otherwise, based on the description of the proposed community event, the Good Hart Artist Residency will try to find a local non-profit partner that aligns. Once a candidate is selected they will work with the Good Hart Artist Residency and a nonprofit partner to plan and coordinate their community event. Note: Some time slots are reserved for specific partnerships. Please review our partner’s page for further information.
  • Contact information for two references (no letters required)
  • Application fee of $25. (If experiencing financial hardship, please contact us regarding an application fee waiver).
  • Visual artists shall submit images of 6-9 examples of artwork. Images should include title, medium and creation date for each work submitted. It is recommended that recent work be submitted.
  • Writers shall submit three to five pages from a current work in progress and an excerpt of no more than five pages of a completed work. Samples of previously published work must include a link to the published work or information for accessing the published work.  Projects may be in poetry, short stories, novels, essays, plays, screenplays, and/or creative nonfiction.  Writing submissions must be in English, and easily accessible without fee by the jurors.
  • Composers shall submit three digital music samples, which may include links to online content and/or live performance videos.
  • Note: Collaborating artists must each submit an application. Collaborating artists who are awarded a residency are provided with shared housing and studio space.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Out of concern for the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, residents, and community, all residents must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before attending a residency in Good Hart.  Proof of vaccination is not required to apply; however, if selected for a residency, the resident must be fully vaccinated prior to arrival in Good Hart.  Medical exemptions to the requirement for COVID-19 vaccination or consideration of an off-site residency can be considered on an individual basis.