Cedar Creek Reflections: Artist in Residence Program
Art and science are, in many cases, inspired by similar motivations: a desire to explore the unexplored and to uncover the hidden patterns and relationships of everyday life. Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, with its diversity of plant and animal communities and its wealth of long-term ecological research, provides a unique opportunity for artists to investigate the intersection of science, nature and humanity. We invite artists working in any genre (including but not limited to photography, painting, music, dance, creative writing…) to bring their unique ideas and perspectives to Cedar Creek to help us build a long-term, diverse body of work exploring this place and its science.
Applications for 2020 Artists in Residence are now open.
Click here for the application form.
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We look forward to reviewing your proposals!
Our 2019 Artists in Residence are
Vera Ming Wong, Cheri Stockinger and Areca Roe!
Artists in Residence are provided with:
- Access to a world-renowned research site and the diverse habitats and experiments it contains for up to one year
- Opportunities to interact with researchers and students working onsite, including formal meetings, opportunities to observe and/or participate in field work, etc
- Space to promote your project on the Cedar Creek website and facebook page, as well as in the main visitors building
- Access to a private one-bedroom house on the property for overnight stays, if desired
- Unfortunately, no funding or stipends are available at this time. We hope that will change in the future!
We ask that each Artist in Residence:
- Be over 18 years old
- Interact with site scientists and staff
- Incorporate both art and science in their final work
- Provide the Education and Outreach Coordinator with updates at least every 3 months
- Share their work with the public through an event, installation, reading, show or other appropriate outlet at some point during or at the culmination of the residency (organized by the artist, hosted and promoted by Cedar Creek)
- Consider leaving some aspect of their work for Cedar Creek's permanent collection when the residency is completed
As with all researchers and visitors onsite, we require that Artists in Residence respect all site rules and regulations, including staying on internal roads, carrying a use permit, and checking in before each visit. A residency does not give you unlimited access to the reserve. Depending on the nature of the project, residencies may last from one week to one year. No overnight stays are required and you do not need to physically be in residence at the reserve - we do encourage you to stay overnight at least once though! Artists in Residence will need to provide their own transportation, food, art supplies and other materials. Unfortunately, additional funding and stipends are not available at this time. However, many of our artists in residence have been successful at obtaining external funding for their projects through the MN State Arts Board, the Swedish Council of America, local non-profits and other sources. We are of course happy to provide official letters of support or information about the residency as part of funding applications!
PROPOSALS FOR 2020 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED. APPLICATIONS MUST BE IN BY 31 JANUARY 2020, WITH A MARCH 2020 RESIDENCY START DATE.
Please fill out this form, including uploading a project proposal and your resume. We welcome applications from individuals or teams of artists working in collaboraiton on a single project. If you have difficulty submitting your application, please contact Cedar Creek’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, Caitlin Barale Potter, at [email protected] . Applications will be reviewed by a committee, with priority given to individuals who have not previously held arts residencies at Cedar Creek. Successful applications will explicitly tie their projects to Cedar Creek as a physical location and/or research facility. We understand that projects will likely evolve once underway; however, we still appreciate seeing a fully-fledged idea to evaluate!
See work from our 2018 artists in residence at the Coffman Art Galley on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus! "Nature: A Fusion of Art and Science" opens November 7th and runs through January 26th. Details about the exhibit and reception, as well as directions to the galley are available on the Student Unions and Activities website.