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

Associated Residency Program

From anatomical studies to landscape painting to the biomorphism of surrealism, the biological realm has 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 visual 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 SVA Bio Art Laboratory, a fusion of a centuries-old cabinet of curiosities with a state-of-the-art biotechnology laboratory, which houses specimen collections, aquariums and a variety of microscopes, as well as an art and science library. Students will be introduced to the emerging field of biological arts through hands-on laboratory practices and discussions. Demonstrations include microscopic imaging, growing 2D and 3D biomaterials, painting with bacteria, culturing organisms and designing micro-ecosystems, working with bioluminescence, bioplastics and molecular gastronomy techniques. Discussion topics range from bioethics, genetic manipulation, climate change and sustainability.

Each participant has a private studio space located in the heart of New York City's Chelsea gallery district, and access to various sculpture and printing facilities in the BFA Fine Arts Department. The residency culminates in a public exhibition. Students may work in any media, including the performing arts. The program is led by artist and chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department, Suzanne Anker, and Tarah Rhoda, manager of the Bio Art Laboratory. Faculty and former visiting speakers include artists, scientists and museum professionals such as Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Oron Catts, Thyrza Goodeve and Francois-Joseph Lapointe.

Note: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program.

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Residency Length
4 weeks - 4 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Digital Fabrication
Installation Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Digital Media
Multimedia Arts
Environmental Arts
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Residents granted leave during residency
Stage of Career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Full Time
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Slab Roller
Plaster Room
Electric Kiln
Heavy Metals / Blacksmithing
Soldering Workspace
Casting Room
Large Format Printer / Plotter
Large Format Scanner
Printers + Scanner
Photo + Video Editing Suite
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Drawing Benches
Printmaking Workspaces
Large Sinks
Textiles Workspace
Quilting Machine
Fiber Arts Workspace
Well-ventilated Spray Room
Dedicated Wood Shop
Woodworking Tools
Router Table
Wood Bending Equipment
Wood Vises And Wood Working Table
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
No housing provided
Additional Eligibility Information

To apply, please compile the following materials and submit them through our online application.

  • Work sample (see guidelines below)
  • Image list including title, medium, size and date (for visual work samples only)
  • Artist's Statement / Statement of Purpose (250-500 words)
  • CV
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

Interdisciplinary Practices in Bio Art

May 20–June 14, 2024


Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Residency Program Tuition Assistance Awards

SVA's Artist Residency programs are currently providing a select number of tuition assistance awards for accepted artists in need. Please note there is a limited amount of awards available per program and applying does not guarantee an award. For further details or to apply for a tuition assistance award, contact with the subject line "Tuition Assistance Award Application."

Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application