We will not be inviting new artists for the summer of 2022. Due to COVID our last year's recipients will continue on. Please revisit our site in fall 2022 if you are interested in applying for summer 2023.
Eligibility, Commitment, and Application
The residency is intended to provide concentrated time for personal creative work that furthers exploration and understanding of scientific research at the Trout Lake Station as well as more philosophical reflections on the relationships between humans and the natural world. The resident artist will have the opportunity to interact with researchers and students who work at the Trout Lake Station during the season.
The artist in residence will have the opportunity to visit the study lakes and record their artistic impressions (journals, illustrated journals, writings, video, etc).
The artist will create at least one art piece (visual, writings, film, etc.) that can be included in the online gallery, Drawing Water, which is part of the Trout Lake Station website and potentially shared on the larger Ecological Reflections national network website.
The artist will collaborate with at least one of the scientists on site.
The artist will be invited to participate in periodic larger exhibitions should opportunities arise.
The artist will have the opportunity to make a presentation to the staff.
The artist will participate in a closing conversation with a staff member of Trout Lake Station to help refine and improve the program.
The selected artist will be invited to stay at the station for 7-14 days for one or two years. No stipend or travel allowance will be paid, however lodging on station will be provided at no cost in a furnished, rustic cabin with its own kitchen and bath. The residency is offered for a week long time period during summer field season (May 15-Aug 20) or up to two weeks during shoulder seasons (April, early May, September, and October). Depending on space demands, during summer the artist may share cabin living space with other station users, but the artist will have his/her own bedroom. During shoulder seasons, the artist will have a private cabin. It should be noted that while students are not generally on site during shoulder seasons, permanent staff and scientists are available to work with the resident.
All facilities have wireless Internet access. Residents may want to bring a laptop and a cell phone. Artists need to provide their own transportation and food for the duration of their stay. We encourage residents to bring their own kayak/canoe to use on area lakes and a bicycle for use on area bike trails. A Trout Lake Station canoe may be made available for your use (note: you need to provide your own means to transport the canoe), and artists may accompany researchers into the field. Artists should bring personal field equipment; station equipment such as knee boots and life jackets will be available. For more details on facilities at Trout Lake Station, see the User Guide.
Artists working in 2 and 3 dimensional media, musicians, performance artists and creative writers are encouraged to apply. All work must be original, no commercial molds, patterns, kits or laser prints will be accepted. The residency jury will select artists based on quality of your work, resume, and application. Please note that selection will also consider the broader impacts of your work to enhance community understanding and appreciation of lakes.
Visual artists should submit three digital images that accurately represent the quality and style of their work. Artists working in three dimensions may include two images for each piece. Images must be labeled with name, medium(s), image size (height x width). Digital images should be in Jpeg format.
Musicians should submit up to three MP3 files.
Dancers or other performing artists may submit up to three short videos in avi format.
Poets should submit a maximum of five poems, and prose/essay writers should should submit a maximum of five pages in pdf format.
After uploading your media and entering all other information, click the 'submit' button. You will be taken to a page confirming successful submission, and you will receive a confirmation e-mail.
Please contact us if you do not see the confirmation page after clicking on 'submit'.