Grand Marais Art Colony

The Art Colony began in 1947 as an outpost for student artists when professor and avid fly-fisherman, Birney Quick (professor at Minneapolis School of Art, now MCAD) led an 8-week painting intensive to the small fishing village of Grand Marais.  Twenty students joined Quick that first summer to explore and paint the rugged coast and inland expanse of waterways, forests, and wilderness.  Hosting weekly fish fries, Birney and his students quickly became acquainted with the surrounding community and etched out a niche for what would become the Grand Marais Art Colony.  Since then, the Grand Marais Art Colony has offered a sanctuary for the creative spirit, providing the novice to the professional artist with instruction from renowned artists, mentored guidance, and space to grow; all within a pristine, natural landscape.  The Art Colony hosts year-round classes in four high-quality studios (ceramics, glass, print, visual arts) as well as an Arts Festival, Plein Air Competition, Winter Arts Festival,  Artist-in- Residence, and a home tour featuring extensive and unique art collections. 

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Latitude: 47.751746 Longitude: -90.337284 Elevation: 665 ft
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Carolyn Fritz

Seasons Open


Hours Open



Open to the Public, Fees vary by class

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