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Cedar Key Artist in Residence Program

Cedar Key Artist-in-Residence Program is sponsored by Cedar Key Arts Center, UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges.

The Cedar Key Arts Center , the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and the Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges are collaborating for the 2017 Cedar Key Artist in Residence Program (CKAiR). This program has been underway since 2012 and is modeled after similar programs in other parks and refuges. The CKAiR offers visual artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while surrounded by the peaceful environment of Seahorse Key and its inspiring wildlife, pristine habitat and beautiful landscapes. The selected artist (and a companion or assistant) will stay on Seahorse Key and live in the historic lighthouse for up to one week, sometime between November, 2016 and March, 2017. We hope that this interaction between artist and pristine environment will spark interest and curiosity on the part of both the artist and the scientific community.

The Lighthouse Dorm, where the artist (and a companion or assistant) will spend up to a week, is in a rustic, historic lighthouse on the remote island of Seahorse Key, which is located three miles southwest by boat from Cedar Key, Florida. There are six designated sleeping rooms fitted with double-stacked bunks. The artist will be responsible for bringing her/his own food, bedding and artist supplies. Bathroom and shower are available with hot and cold water. A newly renovated kitchen is available with microwave, refrigerator, full gas stove, dishes, pots, utensils and sink. Water is not potable at the sink, but fresh water will be available for drinking. It is recommended to bring sleeping bag and pillow, towels, wash cloth, flashlight, food and snacks for the week, plus sunscreen and bug spray. Resources include cell phone signal, internet access and electricity provided by generator. Travel by boat to and from Seahorse Key from Cedar Key, Florida and room are provided by UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station.

Cedar Key Arts Center will provide a $1000 stipend for the artist to apply towards art supplies, framing, travel costs to Cedar Key, etc.

1. Artist will send approximately a week creating on Seahorse Key between Nov. 2016 through March, 2017.
2. Artist will clean dorm, kitchen, and bath before leaving the island.
3. Artist will provide a Gallery Show of the work from the residency in the Cedar Key Arts Center’s Members Gallery during the month beginning April 1, 2017.
4. Artist will provide a work of art inspired by the residency on Seahorse Key to the Nature Coast Biological Station to be displayed at Nature Coast Biological Station and/or used in promotions of the Artist-in-Residence Program or Nature Coast Biological Station.

Complete the application at, send digital photos of your art work and pay the $25. non-refundable application fee. Deadline for application is October 30, 2016