McCanna House Artist-in-Residence Program


North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks, ND)

The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting applications for the 2019 McCanna House Artist-in-residence season. Artists working in music, theatre, literature, or the visual arts are encouraged to apply. Open to artists in all stages of their career. Preference given to regional artists (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba), with remaining availability open to all.

The North Dakota Museum of Art presents a unique opportunity with the McCanna House Artist-in-residence program. This retreat consists of a 1920’s farmhouse and large outlying steel building in the midst of the thriving farmland of the Red River Valley of Eastern North Dakota. While the residency affords no dedicated media specific facilities at this time, the open mutable space of the house, barn and grounds affords opportunity for the creation of work in many scales. The powerfully vast physical space of the Great Plains allows the imagination to run wild, with the close proximity to large scale agriculture drawing one into the cycles of growth and harvest. Out of this open horizon emerges a peace and  presence of mind uniquely conducive to creativity and artistic shift.


The residency consists of 2 – 5 week blocks of time layered throughout the operating year. The house is open from June 1 through the end of September or early October. There will only be one artist on the property at a time, unless a group project is accepted. While there are no expectations for the artist to complete work during the residency, artists are asked only to use their time wisely, and be aware of the transformative potential of time spent there. 


More Information

Applications accepted until January 15th of each year. Residencies announced February 1st.



*Wireless Internet

*Well lit French country-style farmhouse, detached 40 x 70 foot steel building, and large outdoor space with yards and surrounding tree lines.

*House has 3 full bedrooms, each with attached bathrooms

*New washer and dryer

*New electric stove in well appointed kitchen

*Screened in porch area with convenient BBQ

*A modest array of hand tools

*Opportunities to work with surrounding community groups

*10 miles from town of Larimore (pop.2,000), yet feels remote and private.

*35 miles from Grand Forks (pop.55,000), with its thriving art scene and good shopping/dining

*5 hours to Minneapolis and 2 hours to Winnipeg, Manitoba

*Well stocked library

*Fruit trees

*Surrounded by working fields producing soy beans, potatoes, canola, and more…

*Endless sky

*Big weather

Email Matthew Wallace with questions: [email protected]

Note: The workspace is very raw at this point, and is not handicap accessible. There are no media specific studio areas and the large steel building has a dirt floor. Work space in that building consists of a long wooden bench, an assortment of hand tools and hardware, 220V (single phase) electricity, and a lot of open area with 20 foot ceilings. The steel building will be in use as a staging area for museum resources during the 2015 season, and only a limited area including a long workbench will be accessible for smaller projects. In future years, the whole space will be opened up for installations, projections, and larger 2D and 3D work.
Artists are Responsible for the following: Transportation, groceries, all art supplies, computers or iPads (if needed), $150 cleaning fee upon arrival.

Application fee: $35

Opportunity Opens

Wednesday, Nov 6th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Wednesday, Jan 15th 2020, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists