Art+Science at NCEAS

"Art is a process of observation. So is science. They have a natural correspondence to build on." ~ Elkpen, artist


Art and Science play key roles in nurturing the innovative thinking we need to deal with the complex changes we are currently experiencing across the globe.

Both entail a process of asking new questions and exposing possible answers. While science communicates the complexity of our world with data and facts, art relies on the imagination and feelings.

Together, art and science have the power to transform.

Given this power, NCEAS is creating new and unique opportunities for artists and environmental scientists to come together to work in dialogue with and inspire each other. We hope to unleash new levels of creativity and innovation in the ways we think about, communicate, and solve the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

The following are programs that have newly begun, and other initiatives are brewing.


Artist-in-Residence Program

Our artist-in-residence program brings artists to Santa Barbara, CA for one to four weeks to observe and engage with the scientists in our working groups. This opportunity is open to artists of all sorts, such as painters, poets, musicians, photographers, illustrators, printmakers, playwrights, digital artists, and more.

Benefits of the residency include

  • Accommodations in the Via Maria Villa, generously provided by The Squire Foundation and located in the foothills of Santa Barbara
  • Office space at NCEAS
  • Interactions with a diversity of scientists spanning a range of environmental topics
  • Potential funding for travel, materials, and a stipend
  • Opportunities to give on-campus lectures at UC Santa Barbara
  • Exhibit space at SBCAST, a local center for creation and collaboration in art, science, and technology
  • An open account for art supplies from Art From Scrap, a local creative reuse store

For more information or to discuss a possible residency, contact halpern [at] nceas.ucbs.edu (Ben Halpern).

We are currently seeking proposals from artists for a residency in March 2019. Download the call for proposals to learn more and apply.

2018 Artists in Residence


James Stephenson
Composer

Emily Vizzo
Poet, Novelist, Essayist

Nicole Berry
Photographer

 

Art+Science Gallery Space

We periodically host environmental science-themed exhibitions by local artists at our office in downtown Santa Barbara.

Current featured artist: Colin Schildhauer

Our office also features a permanent mural, called "The Butterfly Effect," created by LA-based street artist Elkpen, which conveys the study of ecology through visual metaphors. Learn more about the artist and mural.