Artist in Residence at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Dates or Deadline: 
1 March 2019 to 31 March 2019
Organized by: 
Amanda Kelley
United States

Create art inspired by interactions with environmental scientists and the scientific process while
helping influence the way science is done. The National Center for Ecological Analysis and
Synthesis (NCEAS), an environmental science research center located in Santa Barbara, CA, is
seeking proposals from artists for a one-month residency in March 2019. The opportunity is open
to artists of all sorts, including painters, poets, musicians, photographers, illustrators,
printmakers, playwrights, digital artists, and more.

The aim of our artist-in-residence program is to get artists and scientists engaged in creative
conversation that hopefully changes the way each thinks about her/his own work – artists finding
new ways to represent and communicate science and scientific ideas, and scientists finding
different ways to pose and address core scientific questions. Science at NCEAS spans a vast
spectrum of topics in environmental science – from ocean plastics, to food systems, to
environmental health – creating a rich tableau within which both artists and scientists can
conduct potentially impactful work. For more information about our science, visit

You can learn more about the program and our current artists in residence at

Benefits of the residency include
• Accommodations in the Via Maria Villa, generously provided by The Squire Foundation
and located in the foothills of Santa Barbara
• Office space at NCEAS
• Interactions with a diversity of scientists spanning a range of environmental topics
• Potential funding for travel, materials, and a stipend
• Opportunities to give on-campus lectures at UC Santa Barbara
• Potential for an exhibit in a local gallery

Artists needing studio space will be considered; please note this need in your application. To
apply, please send the following to Ben Halpern ( by 5pm PDT, Sept. 4, 2018:

1) Cover letter explaining your interest in the residency and what you would hope to gain
from it;
2) Digital images, or links to digital files, of your three best pieces; feel free to send also
links to your broader body of work if you’d like, but you must identify your three best
pieces separately.
3) Anticipated needs for travel, materials and stipend – please keep in mind that cost will be
one of the evaluation criteria

Topic Area: Art and Ecology