Apply for the LandLab Residency 2017

The LandLab residency invites professional artists to create projects which operate on the platforms of artistic creation, ecological restoration and education. Improving the health of our environment is one of the greatest challenges the world faces today. In an effort to create innovative solutions, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) will work with a panel to select 3 artists or artist teams to work with members of the environmental community (ecologists, educators, restoration professionals) to create innovative, engaging works focusing on solutions to ecological challenges faces in the Philadelphia region.

The Schuylkill Center inspires meaningful connections between people and nature by using our forests and fields as a living laboratory. The Center for Emerging Visual Artists provides career development services for professional visual artists, helps artists reach their audiences, and promotes interest in and understanding of the visual arts among citizens of the Philadelphia region. Together and through this first residency of its kind in Philadelphia, we invite artists to engage audiences in the processes of scientific investigation, artistic creation, and ecological stewardship as they create an innovative, art-based installation that prevents or remediates environmental damage.

LandLab seeks artists engaged in environmental exploration and discovery, who work well collaboratively across disciplines, have a working understanding and awareness of the ecology of Eastern Pennsylvania region, and are committed to deepening public awareness of environmental issues.

Three paid residencies, taking place from Summer 2017 - Summer 2018, will grant selected artists resources and space on the Schuylkill Center’s 340-acre property to create public artworks that prevent or remediate environmental damage. 

Each artist selected for a LandLab residency will:

· Develop an art-based outdoor intervention at the Schuylkill Center 

· Collaborate with specialists (ecologists, land managers, educators, etc.) to problem-solve, experiment, and design a project that operates on the multiple platforms of art, ecological restoration and education

· Conduct engagement and educational components that could include artist lecture(s), participatory events or public workshops, and/or projects with the Schuylkill Center’s partnering schools during the course of the residency

· Document the development of the project and the final result

· Participate in a two-part exhibition (final installation outdoors on the grounds of the Schuylkill Center and additional artwork and documentation presented indoors in Center City, Philadelphia)

 To help you think about what you may want to focus on for this project we have listed some ecological issues you will find on the site:

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In support of this application process, the Schuylkill Center and CFEVA will provide more information about this opportunity: 

Site visit and information session at the Schuylkill Center

(8480 Hagy's Mill Road) 

February 22 from 4 to 6pm


Questions? Contact Julia Fox at (215) 546-7775 ext13 or

Please RSVP for information sessions and site visits.

All professional visual artists with some experience in ecological art or environmental practices who are able to work on-site at the Schuylkill Center for during the period of summer 2016-summer 2017 are invited to apply before March 15, 2017.


January 6
March 15, 2017