Tusen Takk Residency Program 

Named for an expression of thankfulness, the Tusen Takk Foundation nourishes artists by giving them a place to work, engagement opportunities to enrich the culture of Northwest Michigan, and a platform to share their work internationally.

Tusen Takk’s three- to eight-week residencies are geared for artists to explore new ideas or expand current work. We look for ideas and work that will affirm and enrich the human spirit, giving form to chaos and perception to beauty.

Tusen Takk was designed to host one resident, or two in collaboration. The single most important qualification for artists invited to Tusen Takk is that they have created a body of work that exemplifies excellence and has (or could) significantly contribute(d) to their artistic field. Tusen Takk welcomes applications from both emerging and established visual artists in photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting, as well as creative writers and music composers.

Artists should be self-motivated so they can be productive in the isolation afforded by a residency with a giving spirit that’s exemplified by a willingness to share insights with audiences about their work and processes. While in residence, artists are asked to engage with the local arts community; this could take the shape of a private workshop or studio visit, or a public artist’s talk, exhibition, or performance, either virtually or in collaboration with one of the Foundation’s partner organizations (see below).

Artists-in-residence are provided housing with 24/7 access to the Foundation’s Studios. Financial assistance is provided to the artist in the form of an honorarium. Arrangements can be made to use the Peckham Library and Collection as a resource for learning and inspiration.

Tusen Takk hosts six to eight residencies each year between the months of March and December filled by applications submitted to an open call.

Tusen Takk is a proud Emerging Program Member of the Alliance of Artists Communities.

Program Details

Application period: April 15 – July 15, 2021
Residency period: June 2022 – June 2023

A Tusen Takk Residency Includes:

  • An honorarium of $625/week to help cover residency-related costs including travel, shipping, materials, and day-to-day living expenses

  • Housing in the Guesthouse outfitted with two bedrooms, one full bath, two half-baths and a living room/dining room/full kitchen area

  • 24/7 access to the Guesthouse’s Studios and Foundation Library

  • An opportunity to engage with the community in either a private or public setting

  • Professional documentation of works and process (if desired)

  • Promotion on Tusen Takk’s website and social channels

  • Access to Tusen Takk’s staff

  • An opportunity to engage with Tusen Takk’s staff, network, and be featured on our social channels beyond the residency period

  • The vast majority of the time the artist will be doing their own grocery shopping and cooking their own meals in the Guesthouse’s fully equipped kitchen. Occasional meals will be shared at the Tusen Takk Main House.

  • To enable self-sufficiency, and because Tusen Takk is located outside of public transportation, taxi and delivery service, the artist will have use of a Tusen Takk vehicle during their stay (with a valid driver’s license)

  • Access to the Director Geoffrey’s personal library of over 700 volumes and private collection by appointment

Residency Candidate Qualifications

Tusen Takk welcomes applications from both emerging and established visual artists working primarily in photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting, as well as creative writers and composers who have/are:

  • The ability to produce a consistent body of high-quality work

  • A dedication to their artistic practice with a desire to spend at least 30 hours a week in the studio

  • The self-motivation needed to work alone. Unless the residency is to be a collaboration between two people, the vast majority of the time the resident will be living and working in solitude

  • A willingness to engage audiences

  • An openness to sharing thoughts on their work, their practice, and their processes through Tusen Takk’s online and printed publications

  • Comfortable communicating with Tusen Takk’s English-speaking staff and audiences

  • 21 or older

  • US citizenship or the ability to obtain a US visa (if needed). Most international artists can come on a visitor visa, but certain countries do not participate in the visa waiver program. Since delays can occur, international applicants should be sure to check the visa appointment wait times. Upon offer of a residency, the Tusen Takk Foundation is able to provide letter(s) of invitation.

  • Alumni Tusen Takk artists are welcome to reapply 5 years after their last residency

Please note that we are seeking applications from visual artists working primarily in the disciplines listed above, those best supported by our current facilities. At this time, we are not accepting applications from artists proposing to work primarily in movement, dance, performance (art or music), academic research, or film.

Program Requirements

  1. In fulfillment of Tusen Takk’s mission, artists are highly encouraged to engage with the regional arts community when in residence. Since the context and form of this engagement opportunity are very flexible, Tusen Takk welcomes proposals from the artist for programs to be coordinated with staff either before or during the residency period.

  2. Artists should be willing to share their work, processes, and experience with audiences through Tusen Takk’s website, social channels, and printed publications.

  3. In collaboration with the Director, Geoffrey Peckham, artists are asked to donate one work to the Foundation’s collection. This can be worked out in creative ways with writers and music composers. Artists are also encouraged to leave behind a book as a contribution to the Foundation’s library for future residents.

How to Apply

We receive applications via the SlideRoom portal which has detailed application instructions. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once their application has been submitted and received.

Applicants will be asked to provide a(n):

  • Application form (including an artist statement, bio, residency proposal, and the names of 3 references)

  • CV

  • Portfolio of work samples created within the last four years:

    • Maximum 20 images (up to 5MB each) in JPEG format

    • Maximum 3 video submissions (up to 250MB each) or 3 links (YouTube or Vimeo)

    • Maximum 5 audio submissions (up to 30MB each) or 5 links (YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud)

    • Maximum 3 samples of writing in pdf (up to 10 pages each and up to 10MB each)

  • $25 Non-refundable application fee paid through SlideRoom. 100% of this fee goes towards the cost of administering the open call.

Apply

Applications for the 2022-23 season will open on April 15 and close on July 15, 2021. Please join our mailing list to receive updates.

Please note: We will continue to monitor public health recommendations related to COVID-19 and will be in touch with applicants should we need to reschedule residencies.

If you have any technical issues with the SlideRoom platform, please contact SlideRoom. If you have questions regarding Tusen Takk’s residency program, please first see the FAQs page. With any additional questions, please contact us at info@tusentakk.org. We’re happy to be of assistance.

2022-23 Selection Process

Finalists will be contacted for an interview. All applicants will be notified of their status by November 2021.

Please note that due to the large quantity of applications we typically receive, we are not able to provide individualized feedback on applications.