1 month
Application guidelines:

To apply, please send the following to Ben Halpern ([email protected]) by 5pm PDT, Sept. 4, 2018:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the residency and what you would hope to gain from it;
  • Digital images, or links to digital files, of your three best pieces; feel free to send also links to your broader body of work if you’d like, but you must identify your three best pieces separately.
  • Anticipated needs for travel, materials and stipend – please keep in mind that cost will be one of the evaluation criteria
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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Artist in Residence at NCEAS

NCEAS conducts transformational science focused on informing solutions that will allow people and nature to thrive. They are an independent research affiliate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a global network and impact. Their mission is to accelerate scientific discoveries that will enhance our understanding of the world and benefit people and nature, as well as to transform the scientific culture to be more open, efficient, and collaborative. Their pioneering approach brings together teams of environmental scientists to synthesize existing data and harvest from them new insights. This approach enables discoveries at bigger scales and faster speeds, making them well positioned to inform environmental policy and management.

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), an environmental science research center located in Santa Barbara, CA, is seeking proposals from artists for a one-month residency in March 2019. The opportunity is open to artists of all sorts, including painters, poets, musicians, photographers, illustrators, printmakers, playwrights, digital artists, and more.
The aim of the artist-in-residence program is to get artists and scientists engaged in creative conversation that hopefully changes the way each thinks about her/his own work – artists finding new ways to represent and communicate science and scientific ideas, and scientists finding different ways to pose and address core scientific questions. Science at NCEAS spans a vast spectrum of topics in environmental science – from ocean plastics, to food systems, to environmental health – creating a rich tableau within which both artists and scientists can conduct potentially impactful work. For more information please visit their website. You can learn more about the program and the current artists in residence here.


Opportunities to give on-campus lectures at UC Santa Barbara and potential for an exhibit in a local gallery.

Studio Information

Artists requiring studio space will be considered - please note this in your application.

Accommodation Information

Accommodations is provided by the Squire Foundation at the Via Maria Villa located in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains.

Contact information

735 State Street
Suite 300
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
United States

kelley [at]