St. Croix Watershed Research Station Announces Artist and Writer Residencies

Pine needle cabin.

Artist at Pine Needles, a residency program sponsored by St. Croix Watershed Research Station, invites applications from artists and writers for the summer of 2022. With a vision to enhance scientific understanding through art, the St. Croix Watershed Research Station invites artists-in-residence to interact with science staff and the local community to further explore the intersection between art and science. In addition to accepting applications from established artists, the Pine Needles Residency includes an Emerging Artists category to encourage and support emerging artists with the same appeal. Visit their website for more information on emerging artists. Since 2001, the Artist at Pine Needles program has welcomed more than 55 artists and writers to the banks of the St. Croix River in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota.

The St. Croix Watershed Research Station is the environmental research station of the Science Museum of Minnesota. The artist setting at Pine Needles Residency is the James Taylor Dunn Pine Needles Cabin, located just north of the village of Marine on St. Croix, along the St. Croix River. The 2020 Deferred Artists were: emerging artist and photographer, Sarah Lilja; visual artist, Mark Odegard; and writer Mary Pflum Peterson. The artists in 2021 were: writer Jill Swenson; large-scale digital artist, Dee Etzwiler; engraver and photographer, John Pearson; and emerging artist and photographer, Cynthia Dickinson.

Applications for 2022 will be accepted from writers and artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics and strive to connect the complex world between art, the natural world and science. As part of the program, artists will be encouraged to design an outreach project to share their work with the local community.

Applications are available from the St. Croix Watershed Research Station or www.smm.org/scwrs/programs/artist/. The application deadline is February 28, 2022; decisions will be announced by March 31. For more information, contact Alaina Fedie at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station: [email protected] or 651-433-5953 ext. 12.