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, and others. What will you make of it?

See if you can spot the Yellow House from across the road

Residencies in 2018:
This year, art-science residencies are available for one 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.

Synergy with other art-science workers:
Because this is a new program, your 2018 residency may or may not coincide with other art-science workers. Eventually, we will structure residencies so that we ensure 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.

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. Take a look at our facilities, and if you think you can work here, you are welcome to apply. 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:
To learn about rates, lodging, pets, family members, work space, and supplies, see our Facilities page.

Meals are not provided. There is an Ingles grocery store 30 minutes away in Burnsville, and another Ingles the same distance in Spruce Pine. During most months of the year, there are several farmers markets that sell local organic produce, meat, dairy, and other items.  If you have special dietary preferences, you can get almost anything you need in Asheville, an hour away – inquire for details if you need something special. There are several decent restaurants and coffee shops in the area such as  Knife and Fork , Fox & the Fig, and DT’s Blue Ridge Java in Spruce Pine; Snap Dragon and Appalachian Java in Burnsville; and Mountain View Cafe in Little Switzerland. The Coffee House at Penland School of Crafts is delightful, as well.

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.

We are in the southeastern United States but because of the elevation, the weather is a lot more like the northeast. In fall and spring, you will want to have a fleece along and other winter gear. We sometimes get snows as early as October and as late as March or April. In summer, nights can be cool so it’s nice to have some layers. The weather in this part of the world is extremely changeable – if you don’t like the weather, just wait a little while and it will do something different. You can check the forecasts at NOAA for zip code 28705 (Bakersville) and Ray’s Weather also offers good weather information with a bit of local color.

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 AS IF Center Application for Residency.

Collaborators should each fill out a separate application, and name your collaborators in the space provided.

Financial assistance:
A limited number of full and partial fee waivers are available to residents on the basis of need and availability of funds. Financial assistance decisions are made subsequently to and separately from the awarding of residencies. After you have been accepted to the residency program you may apply for financial aid by filling out this Application for Financial Assistance. Please note that fee-waived facilities are at the Yellow House only and do not accommodate pets or family members.

If you would like more information, please contact us.