Artists invited to live and work at historic St. Croix River cabin this summer

Residency offers inspiration, solitude, and chances to connect with the river, the community, and scientists.




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Via the St. Croix Watershed Research Station:

Pine Needles.
Pine Needles (Photo by Greg Seitz)

Applications are being accepted until the end of February for the Pine Needles artist-in-residency. In its sixteenth season, the program gives artists a chance to stay at a historic cabin in Marine on St. Croix on the banks of the river.

The residency is offered by the St. Croix Watershed Research Station, part of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Three residencies of two to four weeks are offered each summer.

Natural history artists and writers who seek field experience and closeness to nature to provide inspiration for their work are encouraged to apply. The application and more information is available here.

In addition to having an immersive retreat to focus on work and find inspiration, artists can gather resource materials and ideas and interact with environmental scientists and the local community.

“Applications will be accepted from writers and artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics,” says Sharon Mallman, assistant director of the Research Station. “We seek those who create links between their art, the natural world, and the sciences. Two to three artists are selected each year, and each artist has sole use of the Pine Needles cabin during their residency.”

Pine Needles cabin is located on 20 acres, just north of Marine, along the St. Croix River, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic River. The site is heavily wooded, with spring-fed streams and native wildflowers. The main cabin was built before World War I and was the family retreat of James Taylor Dunn, a well-known local historian. The cabin is located approximately three miles north of the Research Station’s main campus.

The rustic, comfortable cabin includes a kitchen, bed/ sitting room, and bathroom. A generous enclosed porch overlooking the river is suitable for writing, sketching, and reflection.

The St. Croix Watershed Research Station is the field research station of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Located two miles south of the village of Marine on St. Croix along the St. Croix River, the research station conducts environmental research and hosts visiting scientists and graduate students doing investigative work on the river and its watershed.

Download the application (PDF) »


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