University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
Lance Nelson of Blaine, MN poses with mask made from his face. Artist Linda Buturian's journal on the dock at Cedar Bog Lake."Adam's Research", painting by artist Glenn Terry

Arts and Humanities Initiative

Welcome to the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve’s Arts and Humanities initiative, Cedar Creek Reflections. Building on a rich heritage of long-term research in ecology, we now embark on a long-term look into the connections between science, nature, and humanity via creative writing and visual arts.

Artists participating in the Artist Residency program experience Cedar Creek through the lens of the scientists, natural space and authentic research. Discerning how these factors change over time and space and intersect the human experience is the focus of the resulting work. Cedar Creek has been part of a larger collaboration called Ecological Reflections — a “network of sites dedicated to long-term, collaborative science and art inquiry into particular sites of great ecological or cultural importance.” Pieces developed as part of a Cedar Creek Artist Residency were also included in this larger body, which is no longer actively maintained.


We encourage local artists to consider doing an Artist Residency project here onsite and to contact Caitlin ( with project proposals.


Artist-in-residence archive


Linda Buturian (2011)

Jill Johnson (2011)

Glenn Terry (2012-2017)