Ox-Bow, School of Art and Artists’ residency

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Founded 1910
Saugatuck, United States


Ox-Bow connects artists to: · A network of creative resources, people, and ideas · An energizing natural environment · A rich artistic history and vital future Ox-Bow offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages in their career. With year-round programs that cater to degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow is a protected place where creative processes break-down, reform, and mature.

Local Information

Ox-Bow is proud to call Saugatuck, Michigan home. Saugatuck retains its essential traditional character and quaint charm, having been spared the suburbanization of chain store and "mall" invasion that makes most other places look almost identical to each other. At the same time, the villages offer much in terms of first class lodging, restaurants, recreation, shipping and cultural opportunities. A resort, tourist, and "cottage" culture emerged in the 1880's and took a propitious turn in 1910 when a group of Chicago artists established the Summer School of Painting on the Ox-Bow Lagoon and when a huge dance hall, called the Big Pavilion, was built on the waterfront. The resulting influx of well-known artists and big name Chicago architects resulted in a wave of buildings in the Arts & Crafts and Colonial Revival manner. The seed planted at Ox-Bow has continued to flourish over the years, with the area currently known as the Art Coast of Michigan.

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