Art-science Residencies

AS IF Center is a hybrid — something between a biological field station and an artists community. We hope you will be inspired by our biologically diverse region, dark skies, sites of geological interest, community of hundreds of artists, and tranquility. Our community has welcomed writers, sculptors, entomologists, herpetologists, installation artists, musicians, dancers, geologists, painters, ethnobotanists, physicists, storytellers, geneticists, composers, printmakers, papermakers, hydrologists, fiber artists, and others. What will you make of it?

Artists in the Yellow House studio

Art-science residencies are available for one to four weeks, from March through October. Residencies are open to artists (including writers) who wish to work in science, scientists who wish to work in the arts,  artist-scientists who work across those disciplines, and artist-scientist teams who wish to collaborate. Applications for our general residency program will be reviewed within one month of receiving them. If your work will impact the environment in any way (art installation, collecting specimens, etc.) you will also need to submit a Land Use Permit.

Synergy with other art-science workers:
Because this is a new program, your residency may or may not coincide with other art-science workers. As we grow, a critical mass of artists and scientists will be working in parallel. For now, a good way to brush up against other artists and scientists when you’re here is to check our calendar so that you can schedule your residency when others are here. If you would like us to assist you in connecting to an artist or scientist, please see the Brighter Impacts Consulting page.

Art media and scientific disciplines:
The work spaces are for general use, not outfitted for any particular media or lab work, but we have a lot you can play with. For work in art media, we have a ceramic studio right next door, a wood shop up the road, and hundreds of studios in the area who might have what you need. For scientific work, we have a lot of field collecting equipment, glassware, a microscope, lots of field guides, and sundry supplies. The local area has a surprising abundance and variety of art supplies and science supplies. Take a look at our facilities, and if you think you can work here, please send in an application. If you don’t see what you need but you’d like to come anyway, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to make it happen.

In a former life our set of sieves were used for sorting insects; now this one is sifting wild clay for use as pigment.

Rates and facilities:
Studio access is free as part of your residency; lodging is not. To learn about lodging and rates, pets, family members, work space, and supplies, see our Facilities page.

Meals are not provided. For information about provisions, see our iocal area page. If your art-science residency coincides with one of Penland’s workshop sessions, we will treat you to lunch at The Pines. Give us a few days’ notice to reserve a spot for you.

You may work in privacy or enjoy the company of the interesting, creative folks who live here. Residents will be encouraged, but not required, to share your past work or work in progress with the entire High Cove community. This could include 20-30 people and might take the form of an informal coffee or happy hour at the Firefly Lodge, a presentation on the Lodge porch or in the Yellow House Garage, a mini exhibit, a group hike, or some other kind of activity. If you wish, you are also welcome to take part in some of our pot lucks that offer great local food, intelligent conversation, and a relaxed atmosphere.

After you have completed your residency, art-science residents at AS IF Center will be eligible to take part in an interview with Julia Buntaine, founder and editor-in-chief of SciArt Magazine. Interviews will be published on the SciArt blog.

To apply for an art-science residency, please fill out this Application for Residency.

Collaborators should each fill out a separate application, and name your collaborators in the space provided. If you intend to collect specimens, create an art installation, or otherwise engage in activity that impacts the landscape, please also fill out a Land Use Permit.

If you would like more information, please contact us.