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David Barr Legacy Artist Residencies

Inspired by the work of artist, writer, and educator David Barr, Michigan Legacy Art Park and Villa Barr are collaborating to provide artists with the time, space, support, and inspiration they need to further their creative work.

Applications are now being accepted. Special consideration is given to sculptors, environmental artists, and writers. For residency details and to apply, visit our website:

Reflecting the work of artist David Barr, these residencies offer opportunities for artists interested in nature, health, philosophy, science, math, education, research, or the Michigan experience.

Located at two different sites in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, from the urban southeast (Villa Barr) to the forested northwest (MLAP), each location offers distinct resources, amenities, and programming.

As the resident artist at either location, the artist shall create and exhibit their artwork and share their knowledge and vision with the public through ancillary educational/community services deemed appropriate by the artist and the host.


Thompsonville and Novi, Michigan: United States

Located at two different sites in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, from the urban southeast (Villa Barr) to the forested northwest (Michigan Legacy Art Park).

Villa Barr is the most recent addition to the parks and recreation division of the City of Novi Michigan. The four-acre property, previously owned by internationally recognized artist David Barr and dancer Beth Dwaihy Barr, includes a home, studio and multiple sculpture installations in a park setting.

Michigan Legacy Art Park is a 30-acre sculpture park dedicated to sharing the stories of the people, events and natural resources that continue to shape the legacy of Michigan. Founded by David Barr in 1995, the Art Park currently exhibits 50 works of art. Michigan Legacy Art Park is located in rural Benzie County, 15 miles from the shore of Lake Michigan and within the resort community of Crystal Mountain.


  • Residency Length: 2 to 15 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1 at each location
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 1


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: May 15
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    May 15, 2018, deadline is for residency at Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville, MI. Earliest residency start date: September 1, 2018 Application fee: $15 payable online To apply, please go to

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Accessibility: no

Residency Fees

$15 application fee.

Stipends / other support

Up to $1,000.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

12500 Crystal Mountain Drive
Thompsonville, Michigan 49683
United States