Artist at Pine Needles Residency Program

Artist at Pine Needles

The Artist at Pine Needles residency program invites natural history artists or writers to spend 2 to 4 weeks to immerse themselves in a field experience, gather resource materials, and interact with environmental scientists and the local community.

The setting for the Artist at Pine Needles project is the James Taylor Dunn Pine Needles Cabin, located just north of the village along the St. Croix River.

Applications will be accepted from writers and visual artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with environmental scientists and to create links between their art, the natural world, and the sciences.

In addition to accepting applications from establish artists, the Pine Needles Residency includes an emerging artist category to encourage and support upcoming artists with this same calling. Emerging artists show some evidence of achievement but, to date, do not have a substantial record of accomplishment, and are not yet recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, critics, and arts administrators. Emerging artists will be considered in a separate pool and must be 21 years of age or older.

As part of the program, artists will be encouraged to design an outreach project to share their work with the local community and to contribute an original work for the benefit of the research station.

Housing and rustic studio space are provided for the artists' choice of a 2 to 4-week residency.

How to apply

Application materials for each summer's residencies are posted here during the first week of January. Applications are accepted until the end of February (check annually for exact dates), and artists are notified of the selection decision by the first of April. Three or four residents are selected each year.

For more information, contact Alaina Fedie, Operations Manager, (651) 433-5953 ext. 12 or afedie@smm.org.

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