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. The spring residency season runs from March 15 – June 15 and the fall residency season runs from September 15 – November 15. Scientists may apply to do field work throughout the year.

Residencies are open to artists (visual artists, writers, musicians, conceptual artists, etc.) who wish to work in science, scientists (biologists, geologists, ecologists, climatologists etc.) 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:
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. Take a look at our facilities and see  a residency at AS IF will support your art-science work. With advance notice, additional studio space may be available through arrangements with a ceramic studio right next door, a darkroom 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.

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 affordable rates, work space, and supplies, see our Facilities page.

Meals are not provided, but you will have access to a shared kitchen. For information about provisions, see our Local 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 local 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 at Toe River Arts, 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 Hoel, founder and editor-in-chief of SciArt Magazine. Interviews will be published on the SciArt blog.

How to apply for an Art-Science Residency

To apply, please fill out this Application for Residency. Collaborators should each fill out a separate application, and name your collaborators in the space provided.

Land Use Permits:
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 and submit it with your application.

After you fill out the application via Google forms (and Land Use Permit if applicable), click “Submit.” Then, please also email us to let us know you’ve applied.

If you would like more information, to send materials in addition to your application, or to request a visit outside of residency times, please contact us.