University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
Blown glass birds of Cedar Creek, glasswork by Doug Beckerportrait of researcher Corina Godoy, photo by Areca RoeTiny watercolors, painted by Vera Ming Wong

Cedar Creek Reflections: Artist in Residence Program

Art and science are, in many cases, inspired by similar motivations: a desire to explore the unexplored and to uncover the hidden patterns and relationships of everyday life. Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, with its diversity of plant and animal communities and its wealth of long-term ecological research, provides a unique opportunity for artists to investigate the intersection of science, nature and humanity. We invite artists working in any genre (including but not limited to photography, painting, music, dance, creative writing…) to bring their unique ideas and perspectives to Cedar Creek to help us build a long-term, diverse body of work exploring this place and its science.


Our 2022 Artists in Residence are

Gretel Van Wieren, Don Luce and Emily Dzieweczynski!

Click on their names above to learn more about them and their residency projects.


Click to READ an article about our Artist in Residence program.

Click to WATCH a recording of a public lecture (also embedded below) given by 2020-2021 resident artists Alyssa Baguss and Sarina Partridge


Artists in Residence are provided with:
  • Access to a world-renowned research site and the diverse habitats and experiments it contains for up to one year
  • Opportunities to interact with researchers and students working onsite, including formal meetings, opportunities to observe and/or participate in field work, etc
  • Space to promote your project on the Cedar Creek website and facebook page, as well as in the main visitors building
  • Access to a private one-bedroom house on the property for overnight stays, if desired
  • Unfortunately, no funding or stipends are available at this time. We hope that will change in the future!
We ask that each Artist in Residence:
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Interact with site scientists and staff
  • Incorporate both art and science in their final work
  • Provide the Education and Community Engagement Coordinator with updates at least every 3 months
  • Share their work with the public through an event, installation, reading, show or other appropriate outlet at some point during or at the culmination of the residency (organized by the artist, hosted and promoted by Cedar Creek)
  • Consider leaving some aspect of their work for Cedar Creek's permanent collection when the residency is completed


As with all researchers and visitors onsite, we require that Artists in Residence respect all site rules and regulations, including staying on internal roads, carrying a use permit, and checking in before each visit. A residency does not give you unlimited access to the reserve. Depending on the nature of the project, residencies may last from one week to one year. No overnight stays are required and you do not need to physically be "in residence" at the reserve - we do encourage you to stay overnight at least once though! Artists in Residence will need to provide their own transportation, food, art supplies and other materials. Unfortunately, additional funding and stipends are not available at this time. However, many of our artists in residence have been successful at obtaining external funding for their projects through the MN State Arts Board, the Swedish Council of America, local non-profits and other sources. We are of course happy to provide official letters of support or information about the residency as part of funding applications!


To apply:

We are not accepting applications at this time. Due to staff transitions and some disruptions to our 2022 Artists' work, we will not be recruiting new artists for 2023. Apologies for the late notice.

We ask applicants to submit a project proposal, resume and examples of previous work, using THIS SUBMISSION FORM (also available at We welcome applications from individuals or teams of artists working in collaboration on a single project. If you have difficulty submitting your application, please contact Cedar Creek’s Education and Community Engagement Coordinator, Kara Baldwin, at Applications are reviewed by a committee, with priority given to individuals who have not previously held arts residencies at Cedar Creek. Successful applications will explicitly tie their projects to Cedar Creek as a physical location and/or research facility. We understand that projects will likely evolve once underway; however, we still appreciate seeing a fully-fledged idea to evaluate! 

Artists in Residence


Artist Collaborations

Gretel Van Wieren (2022)

Don Luce (2022)

Emily Dzieweczynski (2022)

Alyssa Baguss (2021)

Sarina Partridge (2020-2021)

Susan Storck (2020)

Vera Ming Wong (2019)

Cheri Stockinger (2019)

Areca Roe (2019)

Doug Becker (2018-2019)

Frank Meuschke (2018)

Brian Baumgart (2018)

Diane Willow, Maja Radonvalija and Scott Currie (2013)

Glenn Terry (2012-2017)

Christine Baeumler with Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker (2012)

Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad (2012)

Jill Johnson (2011)

Linda Buturian (2011)