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Water Footprint - by Jann Rosen-Queralt

Uncultivated - by Lynn Cazabon

Index1308a - by Patterson Clark

Baltimore Ecosystem Study Art and Science Integration Program

Confluence of Gwynns Run and Gwynns Falls - by Helen Glazer

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study Art and Science Integration Program (BES-ASIP) is designed to integrate the visual arts into the fabric and structure of The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) and to foster innovative and unconventional approaches to solving environmental problems in Baltimore, MD. BES seeks to understand how Baltimore's ecosystems change over time and to improve the quality of the environment and ecological literacy in the daily lives of its inhabitants. The BES-ASIP extends this mission through artistic inquiry and by integrating artists' and scientists' perspectives and approaches for the benefit of both.

BES Artists-in-Residence:

Lynn Cazabon (2012)

Patterson Clark (2013)

Helen Glazer (2014-2015)


The BES Art and Science Integration Program (BES-ASIP) consists of an Artist-in-Residence position that will pair an artist with one or more BES researchers and culminate in a public exhibition, public presentations, participation in the Ecological Reflections website, (An Archive of Art and Science Collaborative Efforts), and a series called Field Conversations, in which selected artists from the Baltimore-Washington D.C. region accompany selected BES scientists on tours of research sites.
The Artist-in-Residence position is designed to incorporate the arts into the BES community by inviting a selected artist based in the Baltimore-Washington region to work collaboratively with one or more BES researchers and to create an original work of art as a result of these relationships over the course a year. The residency provides logistical and financial support for an artist to partner with one or more BES researchers and to stage a public exhibition of the work they create at the end of the residency, as well as to give public presentations on their work. Additionally, the BES-ASIP Artist-in-Residence's work will be documented on the website Ecological Reflections, a network dedicated to long-term, collaborative science and art inquiry into areas of ecological or cultural importance and affiliated with the network of the NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research sites and other research organizations with an interest in promoting the interactions of science with the arts and humanities.
The Field Conversations program will occur twice per year (in the spring and fall) and will serve to introduce the people and research of BES to the regional artistic community and to cultivate future art-science collaborations. For each Field Conversation session, 6 visual artists and 6 BES researchers will be invited to participate in a scientist-led field trip to a BES research site. Following the trip, participants will be encouraged to discuss their mutual areas of interest in an informal setting and to communicate with each other in the future.
Components of the BES-ASIP will benefit artists, scientists, and communities in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area by eliminating conventional barriers between creative and scientific disciplines through interacting with others who hold differing perspectives. Artistic methods of inquiry offer scientists paths to address issues in directions they would not necessarily adopt, potentially allowing a more expansive approach. Theoretically, artistic processes are particularly accessible to wide audiences so that pressing environmental issues can easily be comprehended by the general public. The collaboration benefits artists by allowing access to original research and by informing artistic practices via exposure to scientific methods of inquiry.

Does Science Need Art?

Background on BES and art, in Steward Pickett's Weblog
Moving Field Guides

An interactive experience led by Dance artists, naturalists, and regional experts in ecology
Water Sonettos

A presentation of art in the theme of water

Watershed Moments

An exhibition of visual art and design connected to the Baltimore Ecosystem Study


Funding for this work has been generously provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation to the BES LTER, and with funds from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.