Become an Isle Royale Summer 2018 Teen Artist

Teen sitting on rocky shoreline sketching. Poster for Teen Artist Exploration Program.


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News Release Date: December 14, 2017

Contact: Christopher M Amidon, 906-482-0984

Houghton, MI – Isle Royale National Park is now accepting applications for the summer 2018 Isle Royale Teen Artist Exploration. This artistic discovery is geared to all aspiring teen artists who want to develop their art through experiencing wilderness, and is open to all visual and performing artists, writers, and composers ages 13 to 18 at time of participation.

Elisha Houle, the 2016 teen artist said of her time on the Island: "Isle Royale and the Teen Artist-in-Residence Program has opened my life to so many amazing things. My art has taken on a new dynamic; I appreciate so much more the wild and natural ways of life the Island showed me."

Over the course of a week, two selected teen artists will explore their art and the island--hike and backpack along wave-washed shores, canoe quiet bays of Lake Superior, or take boat tours. An artistic mentor will provide coaching during the artistic and wilderness exploration. Interested artists must be available for at least one of the two potential sessions:

  • Tuesday July 17, through Wednesday July 25, 2018
  • Tuesday August 14, through Wednesday August 22, 2018

Complimentary transportation to and from the island is provided on the Ranger III, a 165-foot ship operating from Houghton, Michigan. Housing will be provided by the park in the Rock Harbor Lodge Housekeeping Cottages. The cottages are equipped with kitchenettes including utensils and dishware, a private bath with tub, shower and dressing room, one double bed and one bunk bed, linens, towels, electric heat, and a studio type living area.

Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association, and the Copper Country Community Arts Council sponsor the program. The selected artists will be park volunteers and be required to donate a piece of artwork representative of their stay on Isle Royale to the park. If seventeen or younger, a legal guardian must accompany the teen artist.

For 2018, there is a new online application process. Please visit the Teen Artist Exploration website for the new submission process: To be considered, all application components must be digitally received by 11:59 pm on February 16, 2018. Entries received after February 16 will not be considered. Notification to all applicants will be made by May 1, 2018. For further information, visit the park’s website, call (906) 482-0984, or email e-mail us



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Last updated: December 28, 2017

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