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Rabbit Island

Lake Superior, MI         

The Rabbit Island Artist Residency serves as a space for artists to consider the modern relationship between art and the environment. The residency provides time and space to investigate and challenge creative practices in an untouched, undeveloped, remote setting. It is an intellectual and ecological laboratory of sorts.

Artists live and work on the island for 2-4 weeks, engaging directly with the landscape, responding to notions of conservation, ecology, and sustainability via their individual practices. The residency reflects on the American continent’s four hundred year history of settlement and division of land, and stems from the idea that in a developed society intelligent organization of wild spaces is one of the most civilized things we can collectively pursue.

The island itself, an unsettled and undivided space, enables artists to present commentary on these ideas, creating interpretations and solutions to issues of global importance–climate change, loss of natural habitat, the value of pristine watersheds, the environmental implications of entrepreneurship, and so forth. Modern understanding of our natural reality, as well as our cause-and-effect relationship to it, dictates a need for principles that are ethically consistent with our time. Rabbit Island offers the opportunity to consider these ideas and itself represents an evolving discourse for the larger arts and conservation communities.  

Location: Four miles east of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior

Duration: 2 – 4 weeks

Exhibition Partner: DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University

Rabbit Island: By Ben Moon

In the middle of the vast watery stretch that is Lake Superior sits Rabbit Island, 91 acres of rocks, earth, trees and wild habitat. Rabbit Island has never been divided or developed, nor will it ever be. In collaboration with a land trust, a conservation easement has been placed on the island, ensuring that it will remain protected forever. This place offers a new kind of wild experience, where the point is to do nothing to an ecosystem and see what it teaches us. This film is a brief study of an island set on the majestic Lake Superior, an

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Rabbit Island Exhibition Catalog, 2015

The exhibition catalog that accompanied the 2015 DeVos Art Museum show of work created by artists in residence on Rabbit Island.

Choral Works Created on Rabbit Island in 2015

2015 island resident Noam Enbar is a composer and performer from Tel Aviv, Israel. He lived and worked on Rabbit Island between July 21st and August 8th, 2015. While in residence he composed five works that premiered at the 2015 Rabbit Island Exhibition opening at the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, Michigan, on September 25th. The following songs were performed in the spirit of the American Sacred Harp tradition by a group of local Marquette, Michigan, community singers, led by Enbar.

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