Art and Ecology

Ecologies of Precarious Abundance: Queer Life and Natures

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Overview
As climate change, biodiversity loss, and widespread pollution drastically reconfigure the environments we live in, things are not only getting worse, they are also getting weirder. Looking to novel organisms, chemical contaminants, and strange bedfellows, we will draw inspiration from queer theory to re-examine ecological relations; breaking down some of the received understandings of the supposed ‘naturalness’ of heteronormativity, while also considering how the field of queer ecologies upholds queer ways of life as strategies for survival and thriving.

Led by Heather Davis with guest faculty Ama Josephine B. Johnstone and Tejal Shah, Ecologies of Precarious Abundance asks us to look again at our toxic worlds, asking what affordances or possibilities may be found. Intended for visual artists who work at the intersection of queer life and ecology, the residency will provide a lens to re-think how we might wish to understand relations with each other and with the other-than-human world. 

What does the program offer?
Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting faculty, artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and professional development of their work. Participants are provided with a studio, accessible 24 hours a day, as well as access to our extensive facilities. 

What length of residency is available?
This program is designed for participation over the entire period. Variable dates will not be considered.

Who should apply?
This residency is for visual artists who work at the intersection of queer life and ecology with an exhibition/publication record and who have completed formal training in visual arts at the post-secondary level, or who have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers. Collaborative groups of no more that two are welcome to apply.

*Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.

Program Dates: August 2 - September 2, 2022
Application Deadline: March 23, 2022
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/34qRxRe

Deadline: 
23/March/2022
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Earth Connected Artists

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Wild Bear announces an open call for all artists to participate in "Earth Connected Artists", a juried show with a goal to inspire love for our magnificent Earth! Be a part of our much needed ECO Revolution! Wild Bear Nature Center is providing a platform for your voice in support of the earth.

Deadline: 
18/August/2021

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$20
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Sitka Center / Artist and Ecologist Residency Program

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Sitka residencies provide time and space for self-paced work and reflection in an inspiring natural setting. Residents from  a broad range of art, writing, performance and science-based practices come to Sitka to create and explore away from the familiar contexts and constraints of daily routines, and free from external expectations. Located within the unique ecosystems of Cascade Head and the Salmon River Estuary on Oregon's central coast, Sitka is a place where natural curiosity is sparked and creativity is unleashed.

Since our founding, we have hosted hundreds of visual artists, photographers, writers, journalists, musicians, composers, filmmakers, educators and a broad range of natural scientists and interdisciplinary creatives. We currently invite 14-30 practitioners to stay at Sitka each year. Some are emerging voices while others are practicing professionals, and our residents represent a diversity of geographies and cultural backgrounds. A range of personal and shared experiences are possible at Sitka, from sanctuary and solitude to cross-pollination and community.

‍Sitka is committed to equity and welcomes people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences. Bringing together people from different backgrounds and fields of expertise is core to Sitka's art and ecology mission. From climate change and environmental justice to systemic racism and cultural appropriation, diverse perspectives help spark new ideas and collaborative approaches to address today's challenges in creative ways.

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30/March/2021
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