Participant Information

Hous­ing, travel & sup­ply forms

Please down­load the sup­ply lists for your classes: Par­tic­i­pant Sup­ply List 2014

Please down­load and read this pdf about trans­porta­tion, lodg­ing and sug­gested things to pack: info and transportation2014.

Then, if you haven’t already, fill in this online form to inform the PBI orga­niz­ers of your exact travel plans and accom­mo­da­tion needs. We strive to make your expe­ri­ence at PBI a com­fort­able one!

Travel Infor­ma­tion

Please plan to arrive at Ox-Bow no later than 5 p.m., Sun­day, May 11. Plan your depar­ture for the morn­ing of Thurs­day, May 22.

Book a flight into Ger­ald R. Ford Inter­na­tional Air­port in Grand Rapids or call Amtrak at 800.USA.RAIL or visit for train sched­ules and fares to Hol­land, MI. For bus sched­ules and fares you can call Indian Trails at 800.292.3831 or visit

We can arrange shut­tle ser­vice to and from any of these trans­porta­tion hubs dur­ing the fol­low­ing times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 11th and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 22th.  We will pro­vide you with shut­tle con­tact info for arrival/departure times out­side of this window.

Or, drive! We can pro­vide you with detailed directions.



Nested on the edge of Lake Michi­gan, Ox-Bow has been a place of retreat for artists for over a hun­dred years. It is also the birth­place of PBI. Hous­ing is in rus­tic (and very charm­ing) cab­ins and bunkhouses. Meals are pro­vided by the Ox-Bow kitchen, and are served fam­ily style, with a focus on healthy, deli­cious, sus­tain­able choices. All food restric­tions can be accom­mo­dated. Please indi­cate any food restric­tions or aller­gies on your hous­ing and travel form.

Visit the Ox Bow web­site for more details.



Par­tic­i­pants should plan to arrive before 5 p.m. on the after­noon of Sun­day, May 11, and depart on the morn­ing of Thurs­day, May 22, 2014.

PBI con­sists of two ses­sions. Dur­ing the first four-day ses­sion, par­tic­i­pants will take two classes – one meet­ing in the morn­ing and the other in the after­noon. May 16 is a break day, for par­tic­i­pants to decom­press, walk on the beach, or explore the area. The sec­ond ses­sion of classes will meet full days for four days, from May 17 to 20. The ban­quet and auc­tion are sched­uled for May 21.

Daily Life

Daily life at PBI is a pleas­ant mix of inten­sive class time, group meals and inde­pen­dent work time in the stu­dio. Guest lec­tur­ers, vis­it­ing artists and other events are sched­uled some evenings dur­ing the ses­sion for enter­tain­ment and enrichment.