research labs
Residents are introduced to the K. Irving Botanical Garden research labs

pond life
Artist Barbra Bushey collects specimens from Brewers Pond


Artist Cynthia Farnell inspects a pineapple flower with a pocket microscope

Expedition leader Alyssa Ellis finding Ghost Plants

Residents collect ferns by moonlight for a ritual performance

Residents forage with herbalist Amber Westfal at the Wild Garden.

Residents view specimen at the National Museum of Nature's Herbarium

Residents learn to prepare materials at the bio dynamic Kin Vineyard

Residents visit the Just Food farm to learn about seed saving



Plant School for Artists
Eight Mondays starting in July, 2024
We are currently accepting late applications

Germinate is an eight day program for artists to learn about the plant kingdom. The virtual residency will involve weekly live video lectures with botanical researchers on a range of plant related topics & artist talks. You will have the opportunity to speak directy to international botanists and to discus what we learn with our small group of artists. You will be invited to participate in many short one on one meetings with artists working with plants around the world.

Built in to the 2 - 3 hours of weekly programming are discussions, suggested assignments, book recomendations and show and tell. The program is designed to give insight into plant knowledge and philosophy from a wide range of perspectives and will offer a space to connect with like minded creative people.

Biophilium residencies are dedicated to facilitating research by conceptual artists. Visual artists, writers, poets, musicians and dancers are invited to apply. This residency will host seven selected international artists. No previous experience in biology is necessary but a portfolio showing your creative practice is required to apply.

Video talk topics will include:

You are invited to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Botany 101: A crash course in plant physiology, ecology and automony with Biophilium director Alexis Williams.

Plant Intelligence & Botanical Sensory Experiences with the International Laboritory of Plant Neurobiology

Agricultural Seed Saving: Genetics and Politics with Kew Gardens

Algae, Diatoms and Proto plants with microbial artist Shelly Smith

Workshop: how to propagate a house plant

Contemporary Artists Working with Live Plants

The Birds and the Bees; Pollinators and Vegital Sex

The Wood Wide Web: trees and mushroom networks

Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Plants with Amber of the Wild Garden

Planting Native and Backyard Conservation with Cornell University

Plant Magic. Meet a kirilian photographer for an artist talk and plant EEG demonstration.  


$600 USD
Residency places are limited to 7 artists. Official invitations will be given to accepted applicants to help find grants and funding.


How to apply: Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.
Send the following material to
1. Artist CV
2. Artist statement (about 200 words)
4. Portfolio 5 – 10 examples of your work

We appreciate every submission and aim to respond as quickly as possible.