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Environmental Art Fellowship 3/3/08

Environmental Art
Individual Artist Fellowship Award
Administered by the Huntington Arts Council,
Sponsored by Barbara Roux, Ecology-Based Artist


General Information

One fellowship of $1,000 will be awarded to a Suffolk County artist of exceptional talent to enable them to pursue their artistic goals in environmental art. This artist fellowship recognizes the outstanding work and commitment to the arts. This award is intended to recognize the importance and value of artists within our community.


The Environmental Artist Fellowship program accepts artists of all discipline categories and those who work within multiple categories.

-Environment Art Application
-Press Release on Barbara Roux


What is Environmental Art?

In a general sense, it is art that helps improve our relationship with the natural world. There is no definition set in stone. This living worldwide movement is growing and changing as you read this. Much environmental art is ephemeral, designed for a particular place (site-specific) and involves collaborations between artists and others such as scientists, educators and community groups. Some environmental art:

  • Interprets nature, creating artworks that inform us about nature and its processes, or about environmental problems we face;
  • Is concerned with environmental forces and materials, creating artworks affected or powered by wind, water, lightning, even earthquakes;
  • Re-envisions our relationship to nature, proposing through their work new ways for us to co-exist with our environment; or
  • Reclaims and remediates damaged environments, restoring ecosystems in artistic and often aesthetic ways. From www.greenmuseum.org

Barbara Roux Artist Statement

“As an artist dealing with issues of ecology, I am a hybrid. My installation projects are influenced by my conservation projects to protect habitats and record incidents in natural history. My conservation efforts stem from my respect and fascination for the natural world.

The work I do is inspired by the many years I have spent in wilderness places as well as my study of topics in natural history and contemporary art. My father was a pharmacologist who did research for many years with plants and animals in the Amazon Delta of Brazil. His work had a great impact on me.

It is my belief that the environment of the forest, meadow, seashore and wetland are a powerful and little appreciated resource to understanding our human world. Like all structured communities, the wilderness is in a search for survival. It is my hope that through my work, people may become interested in the mysteries that are inherent in wild places. From interest, a desire to protect may follow.”


Applicants must be emerging artists over the age of 18 who are citizens of the United States or holders of permanent resident alien status. Applicants must be current residents of Suffolk County, New York for at least 12 months prior to the application deadline.

For proof of residency, applicants must submit a copy of one of the following at the time of application:

Ø New York State drivers license;
State of New York identification card which includes the date issued and expiration date;
New York state income tax forms for the most recent year;
Voter registration card; or
Village Tax Bill.

The following individuals are not eligible to apply:

Ø Commercial business or application
Collaborative applications are not accepted at this time.

Work Samples

Samples of work completed within the past four years (2003 or later), in the format and number requested, and must accompany the application form unless special arrangements are made with the Grants for the Arts Coordinator.

Note: HAC staff makes every effort to handle work samples with care; however, HAC cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss that may occur. Applicants are urged to submit copies of original tapes, manuscripts, scores, films, etc. rather than the original work.


Return/Retention of Work Samples

Applicants who wish to have their work samples returned to them by mail must enclose a self-addressed stamped (not metered) envelope of appropriate size and protection. Note: Due to the lack of storage space, unclaimed work samples will be destroyed 60 days after Fellowship Award is announced.


The deadline for application to the Environmental Artist Fellowship Program is March 3, 2008. Applications postmarked after the deadline date will not be accepted. Hand-delivered applications must be received in the HAC office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.


Application Delivery

Applications must be mailed or hand delivered by the deadline to the following address:

Huntington Arts Council, 213 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Attn: Linda Furey, Grants for the Arts Coordinator

Review Process

Applications will be juried by a panel of up to 4 artists, arts administrators, educators and/or scientists. HAC staff will adjudicate the process.


Review Criteria

Applications are reviewed on the criteria listed below:

Ø The body of creative work respecting the natural environment of Suffolk County, Long Island;
The quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated by the work samples submitted;
The applicant’s record of professional arts activity and achievement as reflected by material submitted;
Evidence that the applicant’s work reflects continued, serious and exceptional aesthetic investigation in his/her chosen medium.

While Artistic Resumes and statements of all applicants are available for review by the jury, the quality of the work submitted will remain the primary criterion.

Note: Award decisions are based heavily on the samples submitted. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to submit the highest quality work samples in the most professional manner possible. Please label your support materials. HAC will ensure that all support materials will be reviewed “blind” by the panel.

All fellowship applicants must submit a completed application, and the required work sample (see specific section for each discipline). In addition, up to five different support materials such as resumes, letters of recommendation from professionals within the respective discipline, catalogs, programs, press clippings, reviews, and/or articles are requested. Each application is reviewed in a rigorous, professional context.

All eligible applications will be reviewed by a volunteer panel consisting of artists, community leaders and administrators from Suffolk County. The panel will present its recommendations to the Huntington Arts Council Board of Directors for review and ratification in April 2008.


Applicants will be notified of the Council’s decisions in April 2008. All notification will be sent by mail. Award notification will not be revealed by email or phone.

The award will be given on Earth Day April 22, 2008.

Grant Conditions: Awardees are asked to acknowledge the Huntington Arts Council, Inc. and Barbara Roux, Ecology-Based Artist whenever possible. HAC intends to share the talent with the public as opportunities present themselves. To meet this objective, HAC may use the Fellowship recipient’s selected artwork and artist statements submitted with the Environmental Art Individual Artist Fellowship award application.


Application Checklist:

  • Application, original plus 7 copies (may be downloaded at www.huntingtonarts.org.)
  • Artist Resume
  • Proof of Residency
  • Support materials (media clippings, catalog, and letters of recommendation (limit 5 pieces).
    Work Samples (maximum 8).


· Application and all support materials must be complete, typed, and clearly readable in a font no smaller than 11 point.

· Each copy should be held together with a paper or binder clip or separated by a colored piece of paper.

· Include one set of Support Materials.

· Include one set of labeled Work Samples. Provide a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for return of samples. The Arts Council reserves the right to keep or dispose of samples that do not include a SASE.


Work Samples (1 set only, no more than 8 total samples):

  • Quality samples of work
    • Visual – Slides (up to 8)
    • Visual or Audio – CD Rom
    • Video-VHS or DVD (cue for 2 to 5 minutes of panel viewing)
    • Written (limit 3 typed pages)
  • Annotated list of artist’s samples – one page limit for all, type applicant name on top of page.
  • A self-addressed stamped mailer for return of artist’s samples. Applicants may also arrange to pick-up samples after April 22, 2008. HAC will dispose of all samples 60 days after the application award date.

Questions Contact:

Linda Furey, Grants for the Arts Coordinator

Huntington Arts Council

213 Main St.

Huntington, NY 11743

631-271-8423, x16


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