When we say rugged and adventure, we mean it! We offer a wilderness art-making experience. Accommodations include tent camping, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor solar-heated shower, composting toilets, and well-water. Electricity is available in our studio barn, and our camp has miles of hiking trails and great star-gazing! 


Meals will be primarily ova-vegetarian and prepared in our outdoor kitchen shelter, the Chow Hut.

Meals will be purchased and prepared by VCAC staff, with the assistance of Kitchen Crew work-scholarship participants, and residents. This includes 3 meals a day and is paid for with your Symposium fee.

We have Kitchen Crew positions available with work-scholarships to reduce your symposium fee. If you are interested in a work position, let us know in your application and include any experience you have with working in an outdoor kitchen or cooking for large groups.

camping accommodations

We have a beautiful landscape for tent-camping and a masterfully built Studio Barn with electricity available for power tools. Well-water is available at the Water Station with a utility sink and a solar-heated outdoor shower. We have sheltered outhouses and outdoor privies that use a composting toilet system with peat moss and hay. This system creates very little smell and is a very pleasurable way to poop in the woods.

Bring your own tent with a rain fly, sleeping bag, and any other camping gear that you need. Please let us know if you are new to camping and need advice on what to bring, but here are some general tips:


Temperatures can dip to the 30s at night and reach the 90s during the day. Bring a warm sleeping bag and long underwear as well as some shorts and swim wear. It is essential that participants bring outdoor gear such as raincoats, a flash light, sun block, a brimmed hat, comfortable closed-toe shoes, water-resistant boots, and layers of clothing. Be sure to bring tools and supplies for making artwork that you will want during your stay. We will provide more detailed suggestions to registered participants.



The Visitor Center is located near the town of Ewen, Michigan. The nearest airport is Ironwood, Michigan. Air Choice One flies to (IWD) the Gogebic - Iron County airport from (ORD) Chicago O'Hare. 

Greyhound offers affordable bus service to the Upper Peninsula from many points in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. Watersmeet, Michigan is the closest bus stop. Upon acceptance, Visitor Center staff can give advice on travel arrangements and will promote car-pooling option between participants.

Important information - time zones in the u.p.

The VCAC is in Ewen, MI, in the EASTERN TIME ZONE

However, the bus station in Watersmeet, MI and the airport in Ironwood, MI are in the CENTRAL TIME ZONE

Please take this into account when planning your trip, and/or arranging for a pick-up in Watersmeet or Ironwood, MI.

arrivals / departures

Plan to arrive by 2pm Saturday, July 28th and depart by 2pm Friday, August 10th, 2018 for the Visitor Center Team to provide ride assistance. Arrangements for pick-up from Watersmeet and Ironwood must be made a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. Any pick-ups at other times will be subject to a transportation fee.