Michigan Legacy Art Park announces David Barr Legacy Artist Residency

David Barr hangs the flag at Stockade Labyrinth at Michigan Legacy Art Park. (Courtesy Photo)

David Barr hangs the flag at Stockade Labyrinth at Michigan Legacy Art Park. (Courtesy Photo)

THOMPSONVILLE – Michigan Legacy Art Park is proud to be collaborating with the City of Novi, to present the David Barr Legacy Artist Residency program.

This new opportunity for artists is inspired by the work and life of sculptor and Art Park founder David Barr. Designed for artists interested in nature, health, philosophy, science, math, education, research or the Michigan experience, the residency provides time, space, support and inspiration to further their creative work.

Interested artists may apply to do their residency at either of the two locations, Michigan Legacy Art Park or Villa Barr.

Michigan Legacy Art Park is a thirty-acre forest sculpture park in northwest lower Michigan. Villa Barr is the founding artist’s storied former home and the newest park in Novi, a community located between Ann Arbor and Detroit.

As the resident artist at either location, the artist shall create and exhibit their artwork and share their creative process with the public. Due to the collaborative nature of this residency program, resident artists have the opportunity to visit the sister site to present their work.

Art Park executive director, Renee Hintz, was instrumental in developing the relationship with the City of Novi.

“When David Barr died in 2015, we knew it was imperative that his artistic genius be celebrated,” said Hintz. “By developing a new artist residency program that utilizes David’s former home, Villa Barr, we are increasing opportunities for artists from diverse backgrounds to pursue their creative work while involving them in our mission.”

Applications are currently being accepted through April 13, for the residency at Michigan Legacy Art Park, and April 30 for the residency at Villa Barr. Artists working in a wide variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply online at michlegacyartpark.org/residency.

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