Nestled on an old oxbow cut off from the Kalamazoo River near 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. The studios are large and comfortable, providing the space and facilities needed for PBI classes.
PBI at Ox-Bow
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. Swimming and canoeing provide a break from studio work. Lake Michigan, with its’ beautiful beaches, can be reached by canoe or a short walk. There are a number of hiking trails through the woods on the Ox-Bow property and, for those wanting a workout, you can head down the road to the 100 steps, a staircase which takes you to the top of a dune overlooking Lake Michigan. A large fire-pit on the shore of the oxbow is a festive gathering place in the evenings. When the weather is inclement, people often get together on the large screened in porches in the Old Inn, the Dining Hall in the New Inn, or one of the fireplaces found throughout Ox-Bow.
Room and board
Housing is in rustic (and very charming) cabins and dorms. Most rooms are double occupancy but there are a few single occupancy rooms, which can be reserved for an additional fee. All bathroom facilities are shared. Participants supply their own towels and bedding. In May, weather in Michigan can be extremely variable so participants must be prepared for a range of temperatures. Meals are provided by the Ox-Bow kitchen, and are served family style, with a focus on healthy, delicious, sustainable choices. The kitchen works to accommodate most food restrictions.
PBI consists of two 4-day sessions. During the first session, participants take two classes – one meeting in the morning and the other in the afternoon. There is a day off, and the second session begins, consisting of one class that meets for the whole day.