2019 residency

Residency fees include 3 meals per day, afternoon snacks, all-day coffee, and all symposium activities such as slide lectures and discussions, trips to lakes and waterfalls, and a tour of Mel Seeger's Matchwood Sawmill. You will also have access to camping grounds, water, electricity, work space and basic shop tools, This fee also pays for kitchen and composting-toilet supplies such as soap, toilet paper, and composting materials.

If you are using the Clay Studio facilities: $750 Includes demos, 1-on-1 project guidance, and use of basic tools, glazes, and fuel for firing.

Independent Projects: $550 Includes shared work space and use of basic tools in the Seeger Studio barn, and writing space in our newly renovated treehouse in the woods, the Porcupine Palace.

If you are using the sawmill for a project with rough-cut lumber, and/or want to learn more about wood construction and work closely with Mel:  $650 Learn basics of building with rough-cut lumber, timber-framing, and milling techniques from local Yooper and master builder Mel Seeger, and enjoy tours and milling and building demos at Mel's Matchwood Sawmill. Mel is also always experimenting with DIY techniques for things like constructing bread ovens, building outdoor kitchens and saunas, brewing traditional Finnish style ale, and untapped methods for organic farming in the clay soil of the UP.


We will be offering a limited number of $100 merit-based and need-based scholarships, scholarships dedicated to local UP residents, and work-scholarships for those on the kitchen crew. Members of Art Shape Mammoth and previous Visitor Center participants are eligible for a reduced rate. Please include your interest in a scholarship on your application.

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal for a twenty minute presentation. Selected presenters will receive a $50 scholarship toward their symposium fee. We are interested in themes of global concern, issues of sustainability, and contemporary radical practice in art and life. Proposals can be submitted with your application.