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Artist at Sea Residency

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Artist at Sea Residency

The Artist at Sea Residency provides the opportunity for a visual artist, writer or musician to spend 10 days on an oceanic research vessel interacting with a scientific team gathering data on the dynamics of mesozooplankton food webs at different depths and during different seasonal currents off of the Oregon and California coast. The next research trip is scheduled for Mar. 2- 12, 2019 on the R/V Sikuliaq. The ship will be loaded on February 28 & Mar. 1 with an anticipated departure of March 2. The ship will return on March 12 and the ship will be unloaded on Mar. 13. The selected artist must be available from Feb. 28- Mar. 13, 2019. There is an additional (optional) 10 day residency at Sitka from Mar. 13- Mar. 22, 2019 to help give the artist time to respond to the research experience.
Application deadline:
October 31, 2018

Residency Provides:

  • An opportunity to live on an oceanic research vessel for 10 days among a team of research scientists from OSU, UofO and PSU
  • Free room and board while on the ship with an additional (optional) 2 week stay at Sitka's main campus to creatively respond to the experience
  • $1000 artist stipend, $300 travel stipend, plus $100-$350 materials stipend depending on the creative medium
  • An opportunity to share or display the art created during this residency in a variety of channels including the HMSC Visitor Center, the Sitka Art Invitational and at a scaled traveling show with the intent of touring both Oregon’s metropolitan areas as well as underserved coastal communities

RESIDENCY OVERVIEW

The Artist at Sea Residency provides the opportunity for a visual artist, writer or musician to spend 10 days on an oceanic research vessel interacting with a scientific team gathering data on the dynamics of mesozooplankton food webs at different depths and during different seasonal currents off of the Oregon and California coast. Oregon State University received grant funding from the National Science Foundation to complete 4 oceanic research trips in 2018-2019. Click here to view the research project abstract.

A visual artist, writer or musician will be invited to participate in each cruise, journal about their experience, and be inspired to create a product that gives a unique voice to the research team’s findings and processes. The goal of this collaboration is to enhance both the scientific process and broaden cultural understanding of science and this specific project.

It is not necessary that the artist’s current work directly relates to the study of plankton, but it is essential that the artist chosen is exploring environmental themes that highlight ocean ecology and the importance of understanding the benefits and health of this ecosystem. 

Artwork created in response to this residency experience will  be displayed or shared in a variety of channels including the Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center, the Sitka Art Invitational and at a scaled traveling show with the intent of touring both Oregon’s metropolitan areas as well as underserved coastal communities.

The first of the four trips took place in February 2018 with artist Rebecca Welti spending 10 days on the research ship Sikuliaq observing and conversing with scientists from Oregon State, University of Oregon and Portland State University.

The second trip took place July 3- 12, 2018 with artist Esteban Camacho Steffenson on the research vessle Sally Ride.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

We are seeking applications from visual artists, writers and musicians to join the the next research trip in February. Applicants whose work directly explores themes of ocean ecology and has the potential to help inform, engage and impact a wide audience in current environmental issues will be prioritized.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please apply using our online application process. The deadline for the March 2019 trip is October 31, 2018.

The dates for the summer research trip and the application will be announced in early 2019.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at 541.994.5485 or email.

PAST ARTIST AT SEA RESIDENTS

  • Esteban Camacho Steffensen (OR), July 2018
  • Rebecca Welti (WA), Feb. 2018
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