The Good Hart Artist Residency offers 10-21 day residency stays to visual artists, writers, and composers at any stage of their career. Each artist is housed in a private residence with a detached studio and provided with a $500.00 stipend, a kitchen stocked with basic foods, a few home-cooked meals from local hosts, and a quiet setting along the shores of Lake Michigan. Tucked into the woods along the “Tunnel of Trees,” a Scenic Heritage Route, residents can walk into the village of Good Hart, enjoy Lake Michigan and the nearby sand dunes, and explore Northern Michigan’s inland lakes and wetlands. The Good Hart Artist residency generally hosts one resident at a time, offering each artist the time, space, and quiet to focus and create. 

Three minute tour of the residency space

Community is central to the mission of the Good Hart Artist Residency. Open Studio Saturdays offer visual artists an opportunity to share their work with local residents for one Saturday during their stay, and the annual Harbor Springs Festival of the Book connects resident writers to both local and literary communities. Each artist collaborates with a local nonprofit organization during their stay to lead an educational event, workshop, or exhibition. Please visit our local partnerships page for additional information about these collaborations. 

Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Elmer Johnston Nature Preserve, Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve, and Readmond Township Nature Preserve are just a few of the many nearby parks that offer inspiring landscapes and diverse habitats. The widely varying weather conditions and unique scenery provide dramatic content for artists, writers and composers.  Applicants who will draw inspiration from the natural setting and use environmentally friendly materials and methods are especially encouraged to apply.


Residents are provided with a one-bedroom, fully-furnished contemporary house, a short walk from the beach of Lake Michigan.

Accommodations include:

  • Master bedroom with a queen-sized bed, linens provided
  • Living room with double-sized fold-down futon
  • Open loft with reading area and queen-sized sleeper sofa
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Full bath with roll-in shower on main floor, and second-floor half bath
  • Washer and dryer, laundry soap provided
  • Patio and outdoor furniture, including grill and fire pit
  • WiFi
  • Acoustic guitar, keyboard (Yamaha P-125), and use of a bicycle
Photo gallery showing the exterior and interior of the residency building
Photo gallery showing the exterior and interior of the studio building.


  • Approximately  14 by 24-foot studio space, a 10 by 10-foot outdoor covered porch, 9 by 8-foot studio hydraulic lift door, basic tools, bathroom/storage area
  • Natural and track lighting
  • Worktables
  • Easels including a travel/field easel
  • Basic miscellaneous art supplies, drop cloth, mineral spirits, rags, waste disposal
  • Studio is available for resident use May – October

Note: All other painting/art supplies to be provided by the artist and should be mailed well in advance of the residency. Local shopping for art supplies is limited. Mail supplies to 1159 N. Lamkin Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740

A three-minute tour of the studio and surrounding area is available on our YouTube Channel


The residence and the studio space have been designed with accessibility and inclusion in mind. Please see our Accessibility Plan.

If you have any additional questions regarding accessibility contact Bill Klco, Director of Operations bill@goodhartartistresidency.org.