McColl Center for Visual Art's Environmental Artist-in-Residence (EAIR) is a three-month residency in Charlotte, NC. The EAIR was founded on the principle that an integration of art, science, community engagement and education can create innovative and effective ecological interventions; and that a pairing of artists with ecological problem spots in Charlotte's parks and public lands will result in successful environmental remediation projects. The Center's EAIR program encourages artists to go beyond outdoor sculpture, performance and demonstration and to create environmental art that is scientifically relevant, replicable and beneficial to the land, air or waterways of Charlotte.
The program offers opportunities for established and emerging artists, architects, landscape architects, conservationists or other art and design professionals to engage in community-based environmental or ecological projects. EAIR opportunities address both regional and global issues and include water quality, waste treatment, habitat restoration and solar and wind technologies. Although a space at the Center is provided, the bulk of the resident artist's work takes place at the outdoor site of their project.