The Iowa Lakeside Lab invites artists, musicians, and composers of all genres to apply for a two- to four- week residency. Artists from any region of the U.S. may apply.
The artist-in-residence program is part of an on-going partnership between artists, scientists, and community members in the Iowa Great Lakes Region of rural Northwest Iowa/Dickinson County. Artists whose work engages with ecology, science, and natural history are especially encouraged to apply.
Artists receive complimentary housing. For residencies between May 20-July 12, meals are also provided. In exchange, artists complete a community engagment project (approximately four to eight hours of contact time).
Applications are accepted from January 1 through March 1 for residencies in that calendar year. Selected artists will be notified in early April.
For questions on housing, facilities, and use of natural areas, please contact Chet Rzonca, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For art-related questions, please contact Lisa Johnson, email@example.com.
Materials and Working Conditions
Artists should plan to bring tools and materials that they need because Lakeside does not have traditional working shops. Instead, labs that are not in use are turned into studio spaces for our artists. Artists are asked to bring all tools with them that they need; the region is peppered with small towns and some supplies can be purchased in the area.
Artists are encouraged to use the landscape as their studio, and to interact with the natural landscape as much as possible. We are a nature preserve, and so we ask artists to carefully consider the environmental impacts of their on-site projects. Staff at the Lab will be happy to consult with artists-in-residence on specific environmental concerns.
Labs that are not in use are turned into studio spaces for our artists. The studio space is shared by two to four artists at a time.
The region is rural, and peppered with small towns. Some supplies can be purchased in the area, but specialty products are not common. Artists should plan to bring the tools and materials that they need because Lakeside does not have traditional working shops.
Artists are asked to arrange their own transportation to and from Lakeside. A car is helpful, but not necessary. Bike trails connect much, but not all, of the area.
Artists are encouraged to think creatively about their projects and asked to commit one day (4-8 hours) of their residency to a project that engages Lakeside's community. This event might be a lecture, a workshop, an art walk, or another creative project.
Lakeside's staff is happy to help you further develop a project that engages with our community once you are accepted as an artist-in-residence. We also understand that residencies open up new ideas, and we are open to artists adjusting their projects on site if needed.
The Application Process
Applications are accepted from January 1 through March 1 for residencies in that calendar year. Two to four artists are accepted annually. Artists working in diverse media are encouraged to apply. Selected artists will be notified in early April.
You will be asked to supply:
An Artist-in-Residence application form
8-12 images of your work (as .jpg files)
- Resolution 100 dpi; maximum pixel dimensions 1600x1600
- Please label each image as follows: LastName, FirstInitial, Number (i.e. Smith.K_1)
- Sculptors may include three additional images if needed to show multiple views
- Multimedia artists may also submit up to 10 minutes of material via links to vimeo, youtube, or soundcloud
A List of Works (pdf) that includes your name, the title of each piece, its dimensions, and date completed.
A personal statement describing your work interests and how you see it fitting into art-science-community partnerships (up to 750 words)
A description of the community engagement project you would like to host during your residency (up to 500 words)
You will receive an email confirmation once your application has been received. Thank you for your interest!