ox-bow artist residence

Just Like Heaven by Taylor Wade

100 years at Ox-Bow School of Art

I’m driving back from Saugatuck now, leaving the forested dunes of the Michigan coastline, rounding the southern shore of the Great Lake. At I-90 the traffic builds and the pace thickens. 70mph turns to 80-sometimes-90 and the familiar industrial landscape returns. Steel mills, chemical plants, and refineries belch like giant robots mired on an oily beach. The pavement begins to beat with an anxious pulse, past Bethlehem Steel and the Cal Sag Channel. In the distance, the thumping Metropolis of Chicago emerges from its hazy horizon.

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Artist In Residence At Ox-Bow by Peter Mars

In 2009, Mars was awarded an Artist Residency at the prestigious Ox-Bow School of Art. With close ties to the Art Institute of Chicago, Ox-Bow provides an inspiring haven for visual artists, writers, and thinkers. A residency at Ox-Bow gives the professional Artist time to re-charge, re-think and re-invent, all within what can be an explosively creative setting.

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