- Location：Santa Babara, California, United States
- Disciplines and Media：All disciplines welcomed
- Residency Period：March, 2019
- Institution Provide：Accommodation, office space, exhibit space, art supplies
- Paid by artist：All other costs
NCEAS conducts transformational science focused on informing solutions that will allow people and nature to thrive. They are an independent research affiliate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a global network and impact. Their mission is to accelerate scientific discoveries that will enhance our understanding of the world and benefit people and nature, as well as to transform the scientific culture to be more open, efficient, and collaborative. Their pioneering approach brings together teams of environmental scientists to synthesize existing data and harvest from them new insights. This approach enables discoveries at bigger scales and faster speeds, making them well positioned to inform environmental policy and management.
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 the 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 please visit their website.
Benefits of the residency include:
1. Accommodations in the Via Maria Villa, generously provided by The Squire Foundation and located in the foothills of Santa Barbara
2. Office space at NCEAS
3. Interactions with a diversity of scientists spanning a range of environmental topics
4. Potential funding for travel, materials, and a stipend
5. Opportunities to give on-campus lectures at UC Santa Barbara
6. Exhibit space at SBCAST, a local center for creation and collaboration in art, science, and technology
7. An open account for art supplies from Art From Scrap, a local creative reuse store
To apply, please send the following to Ben Halpern (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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