Artists Invited to Apply for Unique Residency Program

Artists Invited to Apply for Unique Residency Program

NOVI, MI – The City of Novi is excited to present the David Barr Legacy Artist Residency program, a new venture in collaboration with the Michigan Legacy Art Park (MLAP). This opportunity for artists is inspired by the work and life of the late David Barr, a long-time Novi resident and internationally recognized sculptor. Designed for artists interested in nature, 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 one of two locations, Villa Barr or the Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville, Mich.

Villa Barr is a recent addition to the Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services’ park offerings with four beautiful acres featuring Barr’s contemporary former home, studio, and a sculpture garden slated to officially open to the public in fall 2018. Michigan Legacy Art Park is a 30-acre forest sculpture park located adjacent to Crystal Mountain Resort and was founded by Barr in 1995.

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

When Barr approached the City about future uses of his property once he died, an artist in residence program was always part of the conversation. Not only was Barr an artist, he was a professor who hoped Villa Barr would continue to “serve its residents and creative personages of the world.”

Realizing the unique opportunity, Novi City Council approved the purchase of Villa Barr and supports the development of the park.

Applications are currently being accepted through April 30 for residency at Villa Barr. Artists working in a wide variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply online at

The Friends of Villa Barr is a citizen group responsible for upholding the vision for Villa Barr Art Park and planning a phased development of facilities and programing. Villa Barr is also supported by the Novi Parks Foundation and a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

For information about the Villa Barr Art Park and other art opportunities in Novi visit or call 248.347.0400.

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