Good Hart Artist Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Good Hart Artist Residency was founded by Susan and Bill Klco. We believe that connecting people from different backgrounds and cultures opens minds and makes for a more interesting and compassionate world. As our children were growing up we hosted multiple exchange students and always felt that we received far more than we gave. When our children left the nest we were left with an underutilized studio apartment space above our garage and we decided to start an artist residency program to provide opportunities and support to emerging artists. Based on all of our experiences and a desire to support the arts we decided to establish the Good Hart Artist Residency program.

After four great years hosting artists, in 2017 we decided to expand the program to bring in more artists and writers and partner with additional community organizations. We see art as a driver of social change. By partnering with other nonprofit organizations and connecting them with artists with common interests, it helps both get their message out to the public in creative ways. We support artists by providing them with a place, great food and time to immerse themselves in their work and in the scenic landscapes of Northern Michigan. Through partnering with other organizations we provide opportunities for the local community to meet the artists, see their work, engage them in conversation and participate in educational workshops and presentations.

Viewing, making and interacting with art and artists increases our quality of life, and inspires us to do more for good in our lives and in the community. Future plans include building a residency and studio space on a separate property in Good Hart that can host artists and writers year-round.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The Good Hart Residency Program in Good Hart, Michigan offers 2-3 week residencies to dedicated visual artists and writers. The residency provides a live/work studio space, food, a $500.00 stipend, and a quiet setting to concentrate on creative work. The residency works in partnership with several local community organizations. Please review our partners page for additional information.

The resident artist is housed in a rural setting within walking distance of Lake Michigan and the village of Good Hart, along the “Tunnel of Trees,” a Scenic Heritage Route. The Good Hart Artist Residency offers both a solitary experience and the option to visit studios of local artists.

The many local, state, county, and township parks offer inspiring landscapes and habitats that may be also be of interest. Some of these locations include: Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Elmer Johnston Nature Preserve, Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve, and Readmond Township Nature Preserve. These richly diverse habitats and our widely varying weather conditions provide dramatic content to artists interested in nature and landscape. Applicants that will draw inspiration from the setting and use environmentally friendly materials and methods are encouraged to apply.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile Art
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time


Grants available

$500 stipend provided at the end of the residency.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
Expectations of the artist
  • Leading Workshop or Class
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at a later date

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English

How to reach

By train


By plane

The nearest airports are:

Pelston, Michigan (PLN) - 30 minutes drive to the residency.

Traverse City, Michigan (TVC) - 2-hour drive to the residency.

Transportation to and from the airport will be arranged by the residency.

By car

The residency is located in the small village of Good Hart, Michigan. Good Hart is located in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan. Five hours north of Detroit.

Nearest airport

Traverse City, Michigan (TVC)

Contact information

Good Hart Artist Residency
PO Box 182
49740 Harbor Springs
United States of America

Phone: +1.231.412.0688

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