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2022 ACWL-Nuveen
Emerging Artist of Color Residency


Made possible by the Youth Advisory Council of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County


Congratulations to Elijah Pierce who has been chosen as the 2022 Emerging Artist of Color! 

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2021 EACR, Nina Oliver, with mentor artist Lester White

2021 EACR, Nina Oliver, with her finished artwork

Program Description

Muskegon County artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color, ages 16-20, are invited to apply for the second-annual Arts Council of White Lake-Nuveen Center (ACWL-Nuveen) Emerging Artists of Color Residency. Sponsored by a grant from the Muskegon Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council, this three-week program will provide one local artist working with 2-dimensional media a studio space, materials and up to 72 hours of dedicated time to work on a visual art project of their choice. The chosen artist will receive a $1,000 stipend and special mentoring from two accomplished painters, J Arthur Sanders and Tatsuki Hakoyama. The mentors 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.

2022 Mentors

J Arthur Sanders

                                               Mr. Sanders, a prolific painter, received his MFA from Western Michigan University with                                                               additional study at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de                                                       Allende, Mexico. His distinctly expressive canvases are sought after by private collectors and                                                     have been exhibited in venues around the world including galleries in New York, Paris, and                                                       Mexico. His paintings are also included in the permanent collections of the Grand Rapids Art                                                   Museum, Muskegon Museum of Art, Battle Creek Art Center and Muskegon Community                                                           College.

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 2 – 19, 2022

- 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.


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