LSPP Artist in Residence Program

Our inaugural Artist in Residence (AiR) for 2021 was painter Marta Stares:

We were grateful and excited to receive 20 applications to our inaugural AiR program. We received a wide range of submissions from painters, weavers, multimedia artists, film makers and photographers.  Many artists applied from Northern Ontario. Thank you to all the artists who applied as well as the artists, curators and board members who helped us to design our program and participated in the selection process.

Stay tuned for announcements about our 2022 AiR!

Artist Marta Stares
Program Overview

Our Artist in Residence Program is open to visual artists, working in any media, whose work relates to the natural environment. Once per operating season we will welcome an AiR to create art in the park for one week. The AiR will provide finished work to the Friends of Lake Superior Park and will provide some public outreach for park visitors.  To encourage a diverse group of applicants, we aim to make the residency as barrier-free as possible by providing travel and meal bursaries, allowing artists to bring their families, and defining “artist” in a broad and inclusive way.

Program Details
  • Application to include:

    • CV or Resume with list of artistic works

    • One-page statement of intent for residency (including links to mission, vision and values of friends and proposal for public outreach)

    • Sample of artistic work (submit as appropriate)

  • Applications should be received by March 31st and the selection panel will notify successful applicants by late April.  Submissions welcome at

  • Residency will have a one-week duration (during regular park operating season)

  • The Friends of LSP will cover the costs of park fees for one week for the artist and a companion. Accommodation options include either campgrounds (Rabbit Blanket and/or Agawa Bay) or backcountry camping (with potential for a canoe rental to be included). 

  • LSPP may feature the artist’s work at the Visitor Centre or Park Office. Park staff will provide logistical support for presentation, exhibits or lectures during the artist’s stay.

  • Artists are to provide their own working materials, as well as camping supplies, food, bedding and utensils. A small stipend will be provided to partially cover the artist’s supplies. 

  • While staying in the park, all rules and regulations apply. LSPP staff will provide an orientation to the park, regulations and facilities available during the residency provided that sufficient notice is given to the park in advance. 

Selection Process

The Friends of LSP, in cooperation with LSPP staff and a panel of local artists and curators, will determine the successful applicant each spring. The selection criteria for artists will include artistic merit, use of the park’s cultural and natural features as a means to further work, and plans for public outreach. 

The Artist’s Contribution to LSPP:
  • During their residency, the artist will be expected to provide:

    • An outreach activity (for example a public lecture, workshop or demonstration to park visitors; a video presentation; a social media takeover)

    • An original piece of work representative of their artistic medium based upon their residency in LSPP. This artwork may be used in exhibits and for educational and promotional purposes by the park or the Friends of LSP.

Benefits to the Artist
  • Free camping fees

  • $300 honorarium 

  • $180 supplies stipend 

  • Travel allowance and meal stipend (based on Ontario Government rates)

  • Marketing and promotion of artists’ works may include brochures, tabloids,  the Friends of LSP website and on rotating display at the Visitor Centre. 

  • The artist retains a royalty-free, non-exclusive use license under copyright. Lake Superior Provincial Park owns the donated artwork and the rights to reproduce.