The Ann Hall Artist-in-Residence summer program began in the summer of 2006. This program, a long-held goal of the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, was made possible by a special gift from the Hall family. The Halls, who have been Leland summer residents for years, were prompted to endow this position following the unexpected death of Ann Hall, a gifted artist.  As a part of this program, Artist in Residence honorees are asked to teach workshops during their residency.  These workshops are available to the public at affordable prices to allow for a wide variety of attendance with a professional artist.

Ann’s brother Charlie Hall represented the family in helping to select recipients for this honor.

hollyThe Leelanau Community Cultural Center is delighted to announce that Holly Wren Spaulding has been selected for 2017 Ann Hall Artist in Residence. Holly’s appointment will mark the 11-year anniversary of this summer program at the Old Art Building. She is also first  poet chosen for this Artist in Residence program.

Holly is a poet, editor, and teaching artist based in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, though she maintains deep ties with the Leelanau Peninsula, where she lived until recently. In 2012 she left academia and now runs Poetry Forge, a community-based incubator for writers and their work, and mentors emerging writers through her apprenticeship program and in online courses that engage writers in conversations about craft and creative process, while urging them toward the completion of significant bodies of work. Holly also teaches creative writing for Interlochen College of Creative Arts and other arts organizations.

Her passion—-helping others engage their art and thrive amidst the many social, technological, and existential pressures of our time–is most deeply felt in her live workshops and private sessions with artists, and which will be a component of the 2017 residency. Spaulding says that she regards the role of the artist in our time as “fundamentally radical in the sense that we are almost always living and working at the margins, which informs our world view, and our sense of what matters.” She says “I am here to speak of things not often spoken of, and I’m interested in remembering and revivifying aspects of the paintingwrenhuman experience which must not be allowed to disappear despite pressures to conform, or to consume as a way of life, or dedicate one’s life-forceprimarily to the pursuit of profit. Artists know that there is more to life, so I’m asking myself and those I work with: What else do you think about, or feel, or care about?”

Holly has received numerous awards, residencies and fellowships, as well as two Pushcart nominations for her writing. She has been published widely as an independent journalist, book reviewer, essayist, and poet in places like The New York Times, The Nation, The Ecologist, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, Talking River, Alternet, Z Magazine,, and even locally, with Dunes Review. Holly has published two chapbooks, The Grass Impossibly (Michigan Writers Cooperative Press, 2008), selected by Fleda Brown for that year’s poetry prize, and Pilgrim (Alice Greene & Co., 2014). She also contributed to the book We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-Capitalism (Verso, 2003); The Michigan Poet: 2005-2010, and other anthologies. Holly studied creative writing at Trinity College, Ireland (M.Phil), University of Michigan (BA), and at Interlochen Arts Academy.

To learn more about Holly Wren Spaulding visit

Previous honorees 2006-David Grath, 2007-Fred Petrosky, 2008-Bob Purvis, 2009-Melanie Parke, 2010-Charles Murphy, 2011-Dewey Blocksma, 2012-Glenn Wolff, 2013-Sallie Stanley, 2014-Richard Kooyman, 2015-Gene Rantz, 2016-Joan Richmond.

For More information visit or call the Old Art Building at 231-256-2131

2017 Artist in Residence Exhibit Schedule

  • Opening reception  Friday, June 23 from 5 to 730 pm
  • Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday from 12 to 4 pm.
  • Admission to the exhibit is Free