Artist/Scientist Residencies

Bringing Artists and Scientists Together

Leonardo/ISAST and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (DRAP) collaborate on the annual Scientific Delirium Madness artist/scientist residency that brings together artists and scientists for a monthlong retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains. During the course of the residency, artists working in a variety of media work closely with scientists working in various disciplines to explore and transform the boundaries of art and science.

Each year, six distinguished scientists and six forward-thinking artists are selected from hundreds of applicants and nominees to participate. In any given year, for example, choreographers, composers, writers and visual artists work alongside physicists, biologists and engineers to expand their own work and inspire each other.

In addition to collegial time, the artists and scientists contribute to a regular series of blogs, LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) events organized by noted cultural historian Piero Scaruffi, an Open House/Open Studio public gathering at the Djerassi Program, papers and a special section in Leonardo.

In collaboration with

This program is made possible with support
from the National Endowment for the Arts.