Scranton, PA and Lake Ariel, PA – The Lacawac Artists’ Residency brings artists of all genres into nature to enhance environmental awareness through artistic expression. It affords the opportunity to work in the field, which is a treasured and increasingly rare experience, vital to insightful and inspiring work.
Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station is a nature preserve, biological field station, and environmental education center located near Lake Ariel Town in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Sanctuary’s property covers 545 acres, includes a pristine glacial lake, Lake Lacawac and its watershed; two ponds, arboreal bogs, forests with hiking trails, and a Camp Lodge listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Art that involves the natural world can provide a link to environmental stewardship, preservation and conservation. The Lacawac Artists’ Colony project is a wonderful way to continue to encourage dialogue and interaction among artists, scientists, and communities. In keeping with the educational aspect of our Mission at Lacawac, we encourage all forms of artistic expression that help connect the people of an increasingly technological world to an increasingly threatened environment.
Artists whose work in any genre reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for one-week or two-week residencies at the Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station.
Each year professional or aspiring artists are selected to spend one to two weeks at Lacawac Sanctuary and Biological Field Station. During their residencies, artists are free to produce artwork in their chosen manner and medium. The institution provides rustic housing and some studio space. The 2015 Residency dates are: Session 1-- August 9-23, 2015 and Session 2—October 11-25, 2015.
For The Lacawac Artists’ Residency, artists are provided:
Artisits provide their own transportation and take care of their meals while at Lacawac. The lodge and guest house are well equipped with cookware and dishes and all necessary kitchen amenities. Both the lodge and guest house have wireless internet. Residents should bring a laptop if they so desire. A telephone is available in lodge and coulter visitor center. Residents should have a calling card or pre-paid phone card if they wish to place long-distance calls. Cell phone connection is generally available at Lacawac.
While there is no fee associated with Lacawac Artists’ Residency program, but a suggested donation of $150 per week is encouraged to help support the day-to-day operations of Lacawac’s Lodge and facilities that make this residency possible.
All applications for Lacawac’s residency program will be reviewed by the selection committee. There are no hard deadlines for the submission of applications. However it is strongly recommended that applications be submitted by May 1st. Applicants that meet the May 1st submission date will be notified of Lacawac’s decision by June 1st. Applications are reviewed on a rolling process. There is no fee for applying.
All applicants will be notified of their acceptance or denial via mail or e-mail provide on the application. If accepted into the program, Lacawac will provide further details on lodging. Applications are available online at: www.lacawac-outreach.org/lacawac-artists-residency.html
For more information on the 2015 residency, please contact Kurt Opprecht, Residency Director at
email@example.com or Craig Lukatch, Lacawac President at 570.689.9494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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