Beginning in 2012, Studio Art majors have been selected each year to spend part of the summer at Mountain Lake, funded through the Studio Art and Biology departments. There is no curriculum and assignments are not given; instead, students are treated as peer artists to the Artists in Residence at the Station. Students are able to work alongside and ask questions of the professional artists, a unique opportunity that is rare during the school year. Through the creative exchange that arises by interacting with these artists and the scientists at the Station, students get a sense of what it means to be an artist. The experience at Mountain Lake is very much like artist residencies that students may pursue later on in their careers as artists.
Proximity to the scientific work that happens at the Station is another benefit to art students, whose classes at UVA are on the other side of Grounds from most science classes and labs. Casual conversations at meals or in cabins between scientists and art students can spark ideas, or even simply provide the chance to learn about something completely different from the type of work students are doing.
2014 Student Artists:
2013 Student Artists
2012 Student Artists