Open Call

Call to artists: funded residency at UC Berkeley

University of California at Berkeley

With Funding
Free / No Costs
Berkeley, United States


We want someone who will collaborate with our research team and be inspired by our ongoing research to envision their own work. Work in any media or exhibition in any format is possible. The residency is for 6 months, of which at least 2 months should be spent physically present with our team and laboratory. Extensions are also possible. By the end of the residency, the artist can remain in creative process mode. We do expect that by the end of 2022 (the end of our federal funding) that the artist will have developed a set of finished works, and will have put together an exhibition or community engagement event. Start date for the residency is flexible. The majority of our field work will likely occur summer 2021, with extensive lab work fall/winter 2021, and with a potential second round of fieldwork in California or internationally (Ghana or Peru) in spring 2022.

Number of Participants

Our team at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California – Berkeley has funding for a project entitled ‘Design principles of evolved transportation networks in leaf veins’. The project uses leaf vein networks as inspiration for understanding the evolution of complex networks more broadly, and is oriented towards eventual biomimicry applications. We have funding for an artist to (1) become part of our community, and to (2) create bold and exciting work inspired by these ideas and their interactions with our research team.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


June 01, 2021 - December 31, 2022


  • $17,000.00 stipend (one-time)


No meals


No languages listed

Program Description

A total of $17,000 is available to support the project. These funds can be used to support travel, materials and supplies, rentals of exhibition spaces, payment of a stipend or living expenses, or other reasonable costs. If the artist is not local to the Bay Area, costs could be spent on a housing allowance or roundtrip travel. If domestic or international travel to field sites is desired, we anticipate reserving approximately $3000-5000 for costs. It is likely that university exhibition space and web/computer resources could be made available to the artist at no cost. The artist can decide if they prefer to receive a stipend (which would be taxable) or have us purchase items on their behalf. The scope of the residency could be longer than 6 months, but with the understanding that the available budget is fixed. The intent is that the scope of the proposed artistic work will be consistent with a fair allocation of resources and time to the artist.

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