Founded in 2012, The Calumet Artist Residency strives to accentuate the significant local natural beauty while acknowledging the troubling relationship between industry and nature.
The residency was named after the Calumet River, which in turn, was named after a ceremonial Native American Peace Pipe. The Calumet was once a great post glacial lake, but after decades of development, it has been reduced to a series of heavily industrialized waterways. It has been declared a disaster zone in some areas due to pollution. Where it begins, just 1/4 mile from us, the river is inhabited by beautiful and diverse flora and fauna. The residency aims to recognize this duality, an oasis amongst industry.
We are located in the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, one mile North from the SouthShore train station. We have a small admission fee to help with provisions during your stay. We also offer a scholarship program. We will begin accepting applications for 2016 in January.
The Calumet Artist Residency strives to connect people, art and nature. We provide space for artists to create and experiment with the hope of raising awareness and appreciation of the Indiana Dunes and the Calumet Region, enhancing our local community and connecting people of diverse backgrounds.
We have been honored to host a number of remarkably talented people since 2012, to find a mostly complete list, click here.