Residency applications for Artist at Sea are due no later than November 15, 2021
General Residency applications for Fall/Spring 2021/2022 are currently closed
The Artist at Sea Residency provides the opportunity for a visual artist, writer or musician to spend 14 days on an oceanic research vessel interacting with a scientific team gathering data on the size structure and composition of zooplankton in marine food webs off of the Oregon and Washington coasts.
The next research trip is scheduled for Feb 28- March 13, 2022. The ship will be loaded on Feb 27 with an anticipated departure date of Feb 28. The ship will return on March 13 and be unloaded on March 14 . The selected artist must be available from Feb 27- March 14, 2022. The 2 week (optional) residency at Sitka will follow after from March 14 - March 28, 2022.
• An opportunity to live on an oceanic research vessel for 14 days and interact with a team of scientists from Oregon State University and University of Oregon
• 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
• $1500 artist stipend including travel and materials
• 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 show at the Giustina Gallery on the Oregon State University Campus in Corvallis
The Artist at Sea Residency provides the opportunity for a visual artist, writer or musician to spend 14 days on an oceanic research vessel interacting with a scientific team gathering data on the size structure and composition of zooplankton in marine food webs off of the Oregon and Washington coasts. Oregon State University received grant funding from the National Science Foundation to complete 4 oceanic research trips in 2022-2023.
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 plankton or their biology, 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.
We are seeking applications from visual artists, writers and musicians to join 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.
Please apply using our online application process.
With regard to covid, vaccinations are required and masks will need to be worn when in close quarters. It is also possible that some quarantining before the cruise will be necessary—again, depending on the state of things by next Feb/March. The artist should be flexible and prepared to undertake any required protection measures.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at (541) 994-5485 or email.
PAST ARTIST-AT-SEA RESIDENTS
• Kristin Link (AK), 2019
• Esteban Camacho Steffensen (OR), 2018
• Rebecca Welti (WA), 2018
• Sarah Grew (OR) 2019
Fall Residencies: October 4, 2021- January 4, 2022
Spring Residencies: January 17, 2022- April 24, 2022
We offer residencies ranging in duration from two weeks to three months. Please indicate on your application your preferred length of stay. Special residencies, where noted, may have separate deadlines and dates.
We welcome art and ecology inspired applications from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary practices.
Sitka is committed to equity and welcomes people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences. Bringing together people from different backgrounds and fields of expertise is core to Sitka's art and ecology mission. From climate change and environmental justice to systemic racism and cultural appropriation, diverse perspectives help spark new ideas and collaborative approaches to address today's challenges in creative ways.
If you have questions about which or how many work samples to share, or how best to share them, please contact the Sitka Center office by email at email@example.com or phone at 541-994-5485.
We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application materials. The selection process is informed by peer review, and based on the applicant's field(s) of practice. Each complete application is considered individually, and finalists will participate in an interview process. We strive to host residents from a diversity of backgrounds and practices within each residency session. All applicants will be notified by email 8 weeks after the application window closes.