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by Emileigh Tanner, Program Manager, posted by Deb Shaw

Huyck Artist-in-Residence poster. Download a PDF of the poster for reproduction by clicking on the link at the end of this article.

Huyck Artist-in-Residence poster. Download a PDF of the poster for reproduction by clicking on the link at the end of this article.

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station, in collaboration with the New York State Museum, is providing a unique opportunity for up to six natural history artists to immerse themselves in a two-week residency program in the picturesque Catskill hill-town village of Rensselaerville, New York. COM.EN.ART (Community. Environment. Art) is designed to provide concentrated field experience and study for illustrators, as well as encourage interaction and discussion about nature among artists, with scientists and with the community. This process affords the artist the opportunity to produce inspired and insightful natural history artwork.

Program Schedule:

Session I: June 20 – July 4
Session II: July 25 – August 8
Up to two applicants will be chosen for each session based on room availability

Application deadline: April 15, 2016
Formal decision and notification by May 1, 2016
Application can be found on our website:

Artists and scientists have worked side by side for centuries, most notably in the realm of rendering the natural world. The COM.EN.ART Natural History Artist-in-Residency Program was inspired by that long-lived historic relationship and by a desire to provide artists with an opportunity to immerse themselves in nature, through the lens of science. The goal of this program is to provide a link to environmental stewardship, preservation and conservation through the aesthetics of art. The works completed under this residency contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of our natural landscape, as well as provide realistic representation of our many seasonal flora and fauna.

During their residencies, artists are free to produce artwork in their chosen manner and medium. The Preserve provides rustic housing, studio space, access to the laboratory, and over 2,000 acres of northeastern forest, fields, lakes and streams for exploration. In exchange, the artist is asked to contribute an original work constituting something appropriate for exhibition and publication, as well as a sketch page for our ongoing Artist’s Sketchbook.

This year, we are offer two traditional sessions as well as a new session focusing primarily on new art. Details about this new category will be available soon. More information about the artist-in-residency program, including logistics, expectations, and examples of previous artwork can be found online at

If you have any questions about COM.EN.ART, please contact us at or by calling at 518.797.3440. If you would like to download the poster for posting to fellow artists, please do so by clicking here 869b62c1-4b4b-45ea-bc18-815763513388.

We hope you are encouraged to apply for this unique and exciting residency.

by Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, posted by Deb Shaw

The Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art has openings for three botanical artists/illustrators for their artist-in-residence program. Each residency is for one of the following six-week periods in 2015: April 20 – May 29; June 15 – July 24; August 10 – September 18. Accepted illustrators/artists are expected to spend five days per week on site at the Denver Botanic Gardens, although it can vary depending on agreement with the Gardens.

On-site resources include outdoor studio space, access to the Gardens’ library, herbaria, classroom and Science Pyramid. Residency contributions can include:

  • online blog participation
  • Open Studios and presentation of works-in-progress
  • work produced during the residency
  • educational workshops
  • demonstrations to the public

The residency provides a stipend of $3,000. for each of the selected illustrator/artists to be used for housing and materials. One completed original work from each illustrator/artist will become property of Denver Botanic Gardens.

Applications are due by March 16, 2015. The application form may be found on the Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art blog, at: Selections will be announced March 30, 2015. Applications should be emailed with “Illustrator in Residency 2015” in the subject line.


by Deb Shaw

Even with budget cuts and sequestering, many of our nation’s National Parks offer Artist-in-Residence programs for all different types of artists, including botanical artists.

Applications are open for one such program: the Artist-in-Residence Program at Acadia National Park, SCHOODIC District, in Winter Harbor, Maine. This program offers artists housing for two-week to four-week periods so they can pursue their art while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. The program is open in the spring and fall. No additional stipend is available.

In return, participating artists are asked to donate a piece of work representative of their style and their stay to the park collection. The park collection artworks are displayed to the public on a rotating schedule. Artists are also asked to participate in one public program per week of their residency, based on their preference for educational outreach. These may include demonstrations, talks, or workshops, and are only for a few hours of your stay.

Applications for the Arcadia artist-in-residence program must be received by October 28, 2013.

There are many such programs across the United States, with different applications and due dates. Most applications will need to include at least a few samples of your artwork. Be sure to read about the accommodations in each park before you apply. Some are quite nice; others extremely rustic, but all are available for a botanical adventure.

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