Participant Information



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.



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.

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.