The Marquette Creative Residency A Home for Creatives On the Superior Coast

Apply now for March 1st – May 31st, 2018

Evolve Marquette is a group of Michigan creatives who love our town and love good art. In fact, we see strong connections between the stunning topography and aquatic landscape of the Upper Peninsula and good ole fashioned inspiration. That’s the air we breathe.

We also know that creatives cast far and wide can add a lot to our community. We want to see what folks are up to and enliven our own pursuits with the talent and vision of kindred spirits from afar.

The Marquette Creative Residency provides three creatives with a private bedroom and shared living space for three months at the Urban Beachcomber, a seaside retreat walking distance from our thriving downtown.

We invite applications from lauded veterans, emerging artists, and anyone in between who can articulate a strong personal vision and provide a compelling portfolio. We’re seeking talented creatives who could span from analog to digital technologies in advertising, architecture, art education, technology, culture, design, fashion, film, literature, music, performance, or visual arts. We won’t place limits on the scope of projects conducted during the residency, but we WILL provide you with your own bicycle and ask that you share your experience widely on social media. We see that as a fair trade.

Marquette, Michigan is the Upper Peninsula’s largest community, and a city whose creative economy is exploding. We have gastro pubs and a world class co-op, crazy opportunities to get outside and one of North America’s more stunning natural backdrops of sea and coast once you’re there.


Portfolio samples may be photocopies of work, or double-spaced, numbered manuscript pages in 12-point font (up to 20 pages of poetry or prose). Videos and photographs also accepted by email or link.


Applications and supporting materials are accepted before Midnight, February 2nd, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Residency recipients will be notified by February 8th.


March 1st through May 31st, 2018


Evolve Marquette will provide each resident with a private bedroom and shared living space, wi-fi, sauna, and a food stipend donated by Marquette Community Co-Op to help defray expenses. Plus, a fat bike! Travel and personal living expenses—e.g., regular food, phone, expenses related to the production of work—are the responsibility of individual residents.

Each resident will be awarded an exhibition opportunity at completion of the residency. Lectures, film screenings or performances will also be accommodated. Residents are expected to conduct one workshops open to the public and remain available for local media outlets for interviews.


All applications for the 2018 Marquette Creative Residency will be accepted by email

Please note that because of our funding requirements, this residency is only available to creatives that currently reside outside of Michigan.

When applying please submit the following information:

  1. CV/ Resume
  2. A brief creative statement.
  3. Letter of intent stating your creative goals and interests in the Marquette Creative Residency.
  4. A list of where we can find you on social media
  5. Contact information of 3 people who can speak to your qualifications as a potential resident. List the name, affiliation, phone number, and email address. Reference letters will not be accepted.
  6. Five examples of your work


Application fees are waived for 2018.


For questions about submission information please contact:

Photo Gallery of Urban Beachcomber