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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE (Porphyry Island) 2017

Artist in Residence, Lois Nutall was one of the first to be a part of the program

Program Outline: The Artist in Residence (AIR) program will operate two month this summer at Porphyry Island and qualifying artist(s) will be provided with: transportation, living accommodations and studio/gallery space to develop art. 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 & waves, and the dark skies available for night photography. Read 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 artist(s) who would like to create in a quiet, natural setting at Porphyry Island Lighthouse and be inspiration to new levels. Whether you’re a writer, sculptor, painter, sketch artist, or practice other forms of art CLLS encourages all interested artists to apply.

Gayle Buzzi created these acorns out of clay while working as a mixed media artist.

The application process involves; the presentation of a small portfolio of work to be judged by a selection panel. Chosen candidates will be provided; transportation to-and-from the Island (Thunder Bay to Porphyry), food & lodging in the lighthouse staff quarters, along with studio & gallery space for a mutually agreed period between 1-2 weeks in the 2017 season. As a resident of the lighthouse your main responsibilities will be to share your work with visitors. At the end of the residency, artists will be asked to donate a piece or part of their work to be auctioned at the CLLS’s annual lighthouse fundraiser. Currently there are only four position open.

Residency Details: The private residence will be in a house shared setting with CLLS summer lighthouse staff and volunteers. The common areas and 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 and some interruptions (we average 5-7 visitors 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 provides cellular service and WiFi access onsite.

Porphyry Island seen from the air. The residence is located on the bottom right of the picture.

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 by our summer staff. The Artist in Resident’s main point of contact will be a designated member of the CLLS Board of Directors and CLLS on-site Managing Director. On the lighthouse website there are several videos that you can watch to acclimatize you further to the experience.


Application Process: In order to qualify for the AIR program, interested artists are required to submit the following documents and samples:   (Application form is below)

  • 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 outlining why you want a residency at Porphyry Island Lighthouse?
  • Answer a few questions regarding your qualifications, and resume.
  • Photographs of recent work, and if they are a writer, then five to ten pages of previous published work.

All applications are to be submitted via email on or before the deadline May 20th., 2017. It is expected in the first week of June that the successful artists will be contacted.



Step one- copy the text below and paste into your email window. Step two- answer the questionnaire. Step three- attach your cover letter & resume and Step four- send to  before the May 20th deadline.

Create a cover letter telling us; your available between July 4th. -Aug. 24th. 2017? and the following: a) Description of what you are planning to do while in residence. b) Why you want a residency at Porphyry? (200 words), c) Signed with your contact info, email address, phone number d) Your resume.

Completed the following:

  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?
  4. Please attach images of your work, or 5 pg. of published work (if you are a writer).
  5. Please provide two references.

Email your application by May 20th., 2017. NOW CLOSED

Thank YOU for applying.

Gayle Buzzi puts the finishing touches to the Gordon Graham Gallery sign while she attended as an Artist in Residence.