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Artist-in-Residency Program at The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station: Application Deadl

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.

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