From the Laboratory to the Studio: Interdisciplinary Practices in Bio Art

May 18 June 19, 2020

School of Visual Arts
Bio Art Summer Residency Program
Tuition: $3,000

For further information
Email: residency@sva.edu
Call: 212.592.2188

Bio Art LabSVA Fine Arts Building
335 West 16 Street
New York, NY 10011

Contact biolab@sva.edu to schedule a tour
Stay updated @svabioart

From anatomical studies to landscape painting to the biomorphism of surrealism, the biological realm historically provided a significant resource for numerous artists. More recently, Bio Art has become a term referring to intersecting domains of the biological sciences and their incorporation into the plastic arts. Of particular importance in Bio Art is to summon awareness of the ways in which advancing biotechnologies alter social, ethical and cultural values in society.

This interdisciplinary residency will take place in the new SVA Bio Art Laboratory located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea gallery district. 

The SVA Bio Art Lab is a fusion of a 19th century cabinet of curiosities with a state of the art biotechnology laboratory. In addition to housing specimen collections, herbariums, aquariums, microscopic photo & video stations, and a diverse library, the space facilitates culturing organisms, sterile techniques and a range of molecular biology protocols.

Each student resident is awarded a private studio space. The residency culminates in a public exhibition. Visit http://bioart.sva.edu for additional information.

Demonstrations include microscopy, plant tissue engineering, molecular cuisine and the production of micro ecosystems. Students may work in any media, including the performing arts.

The residency will be led by artist Suzanne Anker, Chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department. Faculty and former visiting speakers include artists, scientists and museum professionals such as Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Giovanni Frazzetto, Francois-Joseph Lapointe and Tarah Rhoda, among others.

NOTE: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program. Early application is highly recommended.

SVA Bio Art Lab

Bio Art Lab – SVA NYC

School of Visual Arts, New York

The Bio Art Lab was founded in 2011 as part of the SVA’s BFA Fine Arts new facility consisting of 54,000 square feet in the heart of Chelsea, NYC.  The Lab was founded and is directed by Suzanne Anker, Chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department.  Conceived as a place where scientific tools and techniques become tools and techniques in art practice, the Lab is the result of many people’s expertise, research and sustained effort. Such deftness and collaborative efforts continue to remain crucial in developing this facility to its full potential.

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