Independent Projects


The option to work on an Independent Project is intended for creative people in all mediums who don’t need access to advanced facilities or instructional staff. It is perfect for someone who wants the time to paint, write, create music or choreography, build a wilderness installation, or photograph the landscapes and small towns of the Upper Peninsula.

Make work, hike, swim, meditate, and let the wilderness inspire you. Facilities will be available for use, including space in the studio barn with electricity, and our newly renovated treehouse - the Porcupine Palace - which is a reclaimed hunting blind just a fifteen-minute walk into the forest from the rest of camp. 

Previous years’ artists have also created site-specific installations in the forest with wood and textiles, travelled the area taking photographs of the old mining and logging towns nearby, made their own traditional Finnish-style beer, created campy video projects, and painted images of the inspiring landscape of the UP!