Looking out over Trout Lake from shore of CFL's Trout Lake Station

Drawing Water Artist Mentor Information

2023 Artist in Residency Mentoring Program Opportunity

Application Deadline December 19, 2022
Approximate Position term: April 2023-August 2023
Stipend: $2000

Call for Artist Mentors – Drawing Water: Engaging Community through Art and Science in Northern Wisconsin 

Expansion of the Trout Lake Artist in Residence Program

During 2023 we are offering a residency opportunity focused on mentoring young artists. This was made possible through a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grant described below. During this time applicants will only be accepted for the below described focus. Those interested in our traditional residency without the mentorship focus are encouraged to apply in future years.

Eligibility, Commitment, and Application

The University of Wisconsin, Madison at Trout Lake Station (TLS) in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, along with partners at the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Natural Resources Department (LDF) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Northern Highland Fishery Research Area (WDNR) seek three artists to participate in mentorship of college interns on the diverse ways they can use art to interpret local science focused on our waterways.

The goal of the art and science collaboration is to demonstrate the beauty of the natural world and the scientific process; bridge communication and interest for varied groups of people; and encourage the next generation to link art and science to generate a richer and wider value system. Student interns will join a group of artist and scientist mentors to focus on communicating an existing water related research topic that is of special interest within the regional community. The artist will be paired with a local scientist from one of the three sites (TLS, LDF, and WDNR) and a student intern. The collaboration with the artist, scientist, and intern will occur between April/May and August.



  • Demonstrated experience as an artist (we are open to diverse media formats!).
  • Enthusiasm to contribute time, energy, and experience toward co-mentoring an undergraduate intern working within the intersection of science and art.


  • Proximity to Trout Lake Station so that interns can visit or work with student artists and scientist mentors in their workspace.
  • Familiarity with the Artist in Residence Program at Trout Lake Station.
  • Some familiarity with online tools such as google docs, calendars and/or communication platforms such as Slack.

The artist will:

  • Be available to meet virtually for the first planning session in April or May and be available for the first in-person meeting in late May.
  • Meet with the intern a minimum of once a week May – July (with at least two of those meetings per month in person).
  • Attend and present on your work at one Summer Seminar at Trout Lake Station (Wednesday evening) with the other artists.
  • Spend time in the field with the intern and scientist mentor.
  • Guide and assist the intern in developing project concepts as well as technical aspects of art technique and creative process.
  • Host a studio tour and/or demonstration day.
  • Participate in a broader mentor/mentee team with team artists, scientists and interns.
  • Create at least one art piece (visual, writings, film, etc.) to be included in a traveling exhibit for summer 2024 and added to Trout Lake’s online gallery, drawingwater.weebly.com.

Artist benefits include:

  • $2000 stipend
  • Opportunities to visit study lakes and interact with scientists and students
  • Invitations to participate in exhibition opportunities and events
  • Artists websites will be featured on Drawing Water online outreach
  • Invitation to stay at the station for 7-14 days in the shoulder season if the artist wishes to have a more formal artist residency time to focus on their own work. Limited housing will be available through the summer for the artist to stay on station during events and while meeting with interns (housing may be shared during the summer).

Application Process

Artists working in 2 and 3 dimensional media, musicians, performance artists and creative writers are encouraged to apply. Application will include a resume, statement of interest and samples of work.  All work must be original, no commercial molds, patterns, kits or laser prints will be accepted.  The Artist-in-Residence jury will select artists. Please note that selection will also consider the broader impacts of your work in enhancing community understanding and appreciation of waterways in the region.

  • Visual artists should submit three digital images that accurately represent the quality and style of their work.  Artists working in three dimensions may include two images for each piece.  Images must be labeled with name, medium(s), image size (height x width).  Digital images should be in Jpeg format.
  • Musicians should submit up to three MP3 files.
  • Dancers or other performing artists may submit up to three short videos in avi format. 
  • Poets should submit a maximum of five poems, and prose/essay writers should submit a maximum of five pages in pdf format.
  • After uploading your media and entering all other information, click the ‘submit’ button.  You will be taken to a page confirming successful submission, and you will receive a confirmation email.
  • Please contact us if you do not see the confirmation page after clicking on ‘submit’.​