Artist-in-Residence Application

Application Deadline: February 1, 11:59pm (applicant's time zone)


Elegibility: Artist-in-Residence applications are accepted from professional artists not currently seeking a degree (students are not eligible).

Please prepare a single PDF document to upload in this application. That document file should be no larger than 5MB and include name and website at the top of each page. Do not include any sensitive or private information (eg. SSN) in the file. Include only these components, in this order: 

  1. Five Images or Other Representations of your work from the past three years, with identifying information below each image. One image or item per page. If images cannot reasonably represent your work (e.g. music, writing?) please use this space (1 to 5 pages) to provide material or web links to specific products that do, so that we can experience five samples of your work, quickly.
  2. Artist Statement (250 words or less). Tell us about yourself, your work, and your process. Please speak specifically about how your work connects to science, biology, or the natural world. Refer to the ArtLab Mission statement to understand what we are looking for.
  3. Residency Proposal (250 words or less). Outline a potential project plan for your residency. Please let us know: studio space requirements, special resources, infrastructure, materials, or other limitations or requirements of your work (for example, we do not have a kiln). 
  4. CV (no more than 2 pages).

Expectations: All artists live and work within the Mountain Lake Biological Station community, present short presentations on their work, and are asked to participate in the all-station public Open House day. There are no other participant requirements or expectations.

Health, safety, comfort, and personal needs at MLBS: Mountain Lake Biological Station is a remote field station with limited facilities, access, and communications. Many activities at MLBS occur out of doors in unpredictable and demanding weather and physical conditions. Some modern conveniences are unavailable. Emergency medical response time is 30 minutes or more. There is no cell phone service. Wifi is provided in most buildings and residences. Please contact us at 540-243-4989 or if you have any questions or concerns about living and working in this environment. 

Learn more about the MLBS ArtLab program.

Program Costs: ArtLab program runs for two weeks. All studio fees, user fees, and housing costs are covered by the program. Artists-in-Residence pay only dining fees.


Please provide names and email addresses of three (and only three) references. Recent references who can comment or your suitability for a science or field station-based residency will be most useful.
Files must be less than 5.5 MB.
Allowed file types: rtf pdf doc docx ppt pptx zip.

Thank you very much!

  • Applications without complete and properly formatted PDF file will not be reviewed.

  • Application review takes several weeks following the application deadline. Offers will be made sometime in February. For questions about the program or your application please call 434-982-5486 or email

  • Mountain Lake Biological Station values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action in all its programs.

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