Since its inception in 2013, the Artist in Residence program has welcomed artists who work with a wide range of themes and medias. Their work takes many forms, yet always relates to new ways of understanding our changing planet and our relationship to it, new ways of making and encountering art, and new ways of fostering our collective stewardship of the Earth.
Each residency lasts for three months, during which the Artist in Residence is given studio space within the common area of the San Francisco office, and provided with a small monthly stipend. This arrangement is intended to maximize contact between the artist and the larger Planet community of technologists, scientists, and aerospace experts - to the benefit of all. The physical arrangement and equipment (wall, easel, table) of the AiRs’ workspace depends on their specific needs.
The residency is designed to be fun and productive. AiRs are encouraged, though not required, to think of ways to engage the Planet community in their work, and many artists have been “adopted” by various Planet teams and invited to be part of specific dialogs and projects.
The residency is frequently described by participants as unique, awesome, and awkward. Unique because of the distinctive interplay between the arts and the sciences. Awesome because of the solutions made and the art being inspired by these achievements. Awkward because when you put an artist in a traditionally non-artistic ecosystem, many interesting things are learned and shared. This juxtaposition forms a beautiful ground from which fresh ideas and new ways of thinking often emerge.
Each residency includes the following elements:
Because AiR’s theme and media requirements vary widely, they are expected to provide their own materials.
Each applicant is requested to fill out the online application form, located here, and submit the following:
Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are typically notified 2-3 months before the initiation of the residency.