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SUBMISSION for the AIR PROGRAM is now closed



Gayle Buzzi, Mixed Media Artist, participates in the 2016 program. The residence can be seen in the background.

“the island is very accessible with a variety of places to go and things to do; from the

Black Sands Beach and nighttime photography to arctic alpine flora and fauna,

there’s an abundance of opportunities” Lois Nuttall – Photographer


Dennis McGonagle paints from the Red Chairs, part of the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.

Program Outline: The Artist in Residence (AIR) program will operate for two months this summer at Porphyry Island and 4 qualifying artists will be provided with an opportunity to do art in a great outdoor setting. Transportation to the lighthouse island, living accommodations and studio/gallery space are provided, so that artists may develop art in an inspiring setting.

The AIR program allows an artist to practice and share their art experience with visitors. Last year’s artists enjoyed the sunrises & sunsets, the Black Sands Beach, the waterscapes and the dark night skies. Read more about the AIR program in last year’s Chronicle Journal article titled “Lighthouse Dispatches“.

 Call for Artists: The Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Inc. (CLLS) is looking for (4) artists who would like to create in a quiet, natural setting at Porphyry Island Lighthouse and bring inspiration to a new level. Whether you’re a writer, sculptor, painter, sketch artist, or practice other forms of art, CLLS encourages all interested artists to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Writer Adam de Pencier with his dog Puff on the veranda of the guest house.

Residency Details: The private residence will be in a shared setting with CLLS summer staff and volunteers. The common areas/ kitchen is available so that everyone can eat together. Studio space will be in an area easily accessible by visitors and guests so be prepared for drop-ins daily.

Family, friends, and relatives, including pets may not stay overnight at the residence but arrangements can be made to accommodate overnight requests at the guesthouse or camping areas. TBayTel (Rogers) provides cellular service and there is WiFi access onsite. There is limited power and artists are expected not to be reliant on computers and tablets to accomplish their artistic work.



Artist Eileen K. Hennemann shows the Youth Rangers from the MNRF her work. Later the group would be clearing trails.

The Artist is responsible for obtaining their own equipment and materials. Artists are welcome to sell their art, with a small commission paid to CLLS. A recommended clothing/gear-list and orientation package will be provided upon acceptance to the program. The Artist in Resident’s main point of contact will be a designated member of the CLLS Board Member. If you’d like more information check out some of our videos to acclimatize you further to the experience. Volunteers and staff are in place to help when necessary, AIR’s are expected to pitch-in without being asked.


Creatively perched on Point Porphyry Island rocks, Michel Dumont’s sculpture can be seen. Credit: Donny Wabasse.


How to Apply:
In order to qualify for the AIR program, interested artists are required to submit the following documents and samples:

1. A cover letter outlining:

-preferred dates of residency

-a brief (250 word) description of what you are planning to do while in residence

-and a short paragraph on Why you want a residency at Porphyry Island Lighthouse?

2 . Answer a few questions regarding your qualifications

3. Attach your resume, images, and references

DEADLINE  March 31, 2018 NOW CLOSED.


In four steps:

Step one – create your cover letter

Step two - answer questionnaire

Step three – attach your resume, images, references and questionnaire response

Step four – send your AIR application to  by March 31, 2018

     Create a cover letter to include:

  1. Description of what you will do as an Artist-in-Residence?
  2. Why do you want to be an Artist-in-Residence? (200 words)
  3. If accepted, preferred dates? July 2-16, July 16-30, July 30- Aug. 13, Aug. 13-27
  4. Your contact info, phone #, and please use your surname for saved files

     Answer the following questions

1. What are your qualifications as an artist, skill sets and background? (250 words)                     2. How might you engage with our daily visitors and showcase your work? (100 words)

3. Do you have any special needs or requirements?

       Include with your cover letter:

  1. Your resume
  2. Attach images of your work, or 5 pg. of published work (if you are a writer)
  3. Provide two references
  4. Questionnaire


March 31, 2018

Thank YOU for applying!