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2023 ACWL-Nuveen
Emerging Artist of Color Residency


Made possible by the Consumers Energy Foundation and

an anonymous donor


2021 EACR, Nina Oliver, with mentor artist Lester White

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2022 EACR, Elijah Pierce, with mentor Tatsuki Hakoyama

Program Description

Muskegon County artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, ages 17-21, are invited to apply for the third-annual Arts Council of White Lake-Nuveen Center (ACWL-Nuveen) Emerging Artist of Color Residency. Sponsored by an anonymous donor and the Consumers Energy Foundation, this three-week program will provide one local artist working with 2-dimensional and/or mixed-media a studio space, materials and up to 72 hours of dedicated time to pursue a visual art project of their choice. The chosen artist will receive a $1,000 stipend and special mentoring from accomplished painter and educator Tatsuki Hakoyama. Mr. Hakoyama will meet individually with the artist and help guide them toward creating a body of work that will be exhibited at the ACWL-Nuveen within six months of the completion of the residency.

2023 Mentor

Tatsuki Hakoyama

                                              Tatsuki Hakoyama is a Japanese artist who lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan.                                                                Although he works with a broad range of content and media including painting, drawing, and                                                  printmaking, his passion is creating allegorical paintings influenced by magical realist painters.                                                  His works often reflect on his experiences of living in three countries: Japan, Samoa, and the                                                    United States. Aside from exhibiting his work in various solo and juried group exhibitions, he                                                    teaches as an adjunct faculty at Kendall College of Art & Design and Grand Rapids Community                                                College.


- The residency will take place August 1 – 18, 2023

- The artist must commit to 65 total hours of personal studio time at the ACWL-Nuveen over the course of three

weeks. The ACWL-Nuveen is open Tuesday-Friday from 11:00am – 5:30pm and Saturday 11:00am – 3:00pm

- The artist will receive $500 upon completion of the first 30 hours of studio work and the remaining $500 upon     

completion of the entire three weeks in the studio. The artist can work with any supplies in stock at the ACWL-

Nuveen and staff will order other supplies to help them complete their project, within reason.

- The artist must present an exhibition of the artwork created during their residency at the ACWL-Nuveen

and/or another offsite venue.

- If transportation to Whitehall is a barrier, it will be provided. The artist will be reimbursed for gas mileage and

will receive a $180 food stipend for the three-week residency.

To Apply

Fill out the form found HERE or pick it up at the ACWL-Nuveen. Please call (231) 893-2524 if you would like an application mailed to you. Completed applications must be submitted by May 19 at 11:59pm. Applications can be submitted on our website, via mail, or emailed to If there are multiple strong applicants, ACWL-Nuveen may hold interviews before selecting the 2023 Emerging Artist of Color. The selected artist will be announced by June 2, 2023.

Questions?  Call (231) 893-2524 or email ACWL-Nuveen Director Erin Peyer at

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