David Barr Artist Residency

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David Barr Legacy

Artist Residency

Inspired by the work of artist, writer and educator David Barr, Michigan Legacy Art Park provides resident artists with time, space, support and inspiration for furthering their work by offering artist residency programs.

Application Details

Designed for artists interested in nature, health, philosophy, science, math, education, research, or the Michigan experience.

Dawnice Kerchaert

2023 Artist In Residence

A Pontiac-based artist, Kerchaert was selected for her a profound connection to nature that aligns perfectly with the mission and vision of Michigan Legacy Art Park. Her work is a celebration of the natural world, inviting viewers to pause and appreciate the often-overlooked textures and forms of the environment.

Joshua Kochis

2021 Artist In Residence

“As the Michigan Legacy Art Park 2021 artist in residence, I look forward to making sculpture as a form of conversation with the natural world,” Kochis said. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, Kochis works in painting, sculpture, printmaking, mold making and casting, carpentry/woodworking, landscape design and material sustainability. His practice is focused on creating images, objects and installations that encourage a more symbiotic relationship with the natural environment and develop sustainable community spaces within that framework.

Theresa Smith

2017 Artist In Residence

Marquette metal artist Theresa Smith was the artist in residence at the Art Park in 2017. Her work draws strongly from nature—and plant life in particular—for inspiration. Her residency involved time working in the park, as well as an incredible education experience and a community iron pour event.