Artists learning about the medicinal properties of
Ragweed from herbalist Amber Westfall


Vindication of Unloved Wildlife
Two weeks in October 2022

Vilified is a two week webinar for artists interested in learning about wildlife that are often thought of as pests, vermin or weeds. The program will offer daily video lectures and chats with nine research biologists and conservationists about their studies. They will offer defense of some of the most wonderful and most scapegoated organisms of our time. We will also hear from the seven artists in the class about their art practices. Built in to the 2 - 2.5 hours of daily programming are discussions, demonstrations, recommended assignments and show and tell. Participants are invited to also have short daily one-on-one meetings with our director and the other residents in the small group.

Biophilium residencies are designed to facilitate research that will enrich visual and conceptual artists' practice within a group of like minded creative people. Artists, writers, musicians, film makers and dancers are invited to apply. The jury will select seven or eight international artists based on their portfolio rather than how they fit into any description of an artist.

All activities are subject to change depending on expert availability and other uncontrollable variables. Shedule will be taylored to participants' interests.

Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

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The return of the Canada Goose

Embrace Invasives: Phragmites, Dog Strangling Vine, and bio-control.

Urban Wildlife: Raccoons, Coyotes and Pigeons

Renaming the Gypsy Moth

Myth of the Murderous Mushrooms - Wild mushroom appreciation

Is it OK to Kill a Cowbird? Brood Parasitism with Sarah Winnicki at the University of Illinois


$575 USD
Residency places are limited to 7 artists.

How to apply:
Send the following material to
1. Artist CV
2. Artist statement (about 200 words)
4. Portfolio 5 – 10 examples of your work

Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.