The Artist in Residence (AIR) program offers professional artists of the Austin area an inspirational environment in which to pursue various mediums and to further creative development in a natural setting. Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is a uniquely situated urban natural area reflecting the personality of Austin — at once wild and modern, 自然和技术先进, protected and developing.

野生盆地每年举办两位艺术家:春季和秋季. 鼓励大奥斯汀地区所有学科的艺术家申请. 艺术家获得了少量的材料预算, supplies, and equipment, and given access to the Wild Basin Creative Research Center and the trail system for inspiration.

Spring 2024 Artist in Residence

Sonya Berg 是德克萨斯州奥斯汀的一名视觉艺术家. Born in Raleigh, 北卡罗来纳州,在费城郊区长大, Sonya received her MFA in painting from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and her BA in Studio Art from Messiah College, PA in 2005. Her current work explores the relational weight of the portrait through painting and photographic techniques, 通过将平凡和随意转化为脆弱和高尚.

Sonya explores the layered tension of human’s interaction with nature and how the natural world infiltrates our inner landscape. 通过绘画和摄影技术,利用去除步骤, Sonya considers various ways we attempt to control or care for the wilderness around us. 通过对盆栽植物的反复记录, 透过空窗画观察远景, 或者费力地研究一幅肖像中的人脸, the resulting work is an invitation to consider the ways we process our own presence in nature, 当我们这样做的时候,我们可能会有多疏远.

Sonya will present public programs focused on the individual visitor’s interaction with their environment and with each other through observational drawing and photography. By highlighting the individual's contributions through portraiture and personal narrative, 她希望考虑关爱自然的关系方面, 以及我们保护环境的个人责任.

Sonya’s work has been exhibited at numerous venues including ICOSA Collective in Austin and The Contemporary in Dayton, Ohio. 索尼娅曾在伍德赛德的杰拉西驻地艺术家项目中担任驻地艺术家, 加利福尼亚州和佛蒙特州约翰逊工作室中心. 她目前任教于圣. Edward’s University. View more of her work at

The hope of this residency is that visitors connect with Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve in a new way that deepens their appreciation of art and nature.  在主页上注册我们的时事通讯,以了解即将到来的消息 children and adult workshops!

野生盆地创意研究中心的Sonya Berg说


  • Donate a piece created during or inspired by their residency to the Wild Basin permanent collection
  • Present two workshops during the residency: one for adults and one for school-age children
  • 每周至少有一天在现场工作
  • 展出在野生盆地游客中心驻留期间创作的作品
  • Be willing to be filmed, photographed or interviewed for Wild Basin promotional purposes
  • 在居住期间遵守野生盆地的所有政策.
Nature art workshop

Application Information

2025年春季/秋季常驻艺术家申请截止日期 2024年10月31日- 2025年申请将于7月1日开始.    点击这里查看过期的申请.

Application Process

Submit application materials by email to the Environmental Education Coordinator for consideration by the selection committee. 申请必须包括一份简短的陈述,说明居留目标, the preferred residency period, a resume, digital samples of work, and the signed application form. The award will be made based on merit and on an understanding of the mission of Wild Basin. 选择将不考虑种族, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age or national origin. 2025年春季和秋季申请截止日期为2024年10月31日. 获奖名单将在实习开始前一个月公布.  申请将于2023年7月开始.

Current Artist in Residence

Spring 2024 - Sonya Berg 是德克萨斯州奥斯汀的一名视觉艺术家. Born in Raleigh, 北卡罗来纳州,在费城郊区长大, Sonya received her MFA in painting from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and her BA in Studio Art from Messiah College, PA in 2005. Her current work explores the relational weight of the portrait through painting and photographic techniques, 通过将平凡和随意转化为脆弱和高尚.

Past Artists in Residence

Fall 2023.  Thomas Cook 是德克萨斯州奥斯汀的一位油画家吗. 他出生于马里兰州巴尔的摩,曾在萨凡纳艺术与设计学院学习绘画. Working primarily in oil painting, graphite powder and screen printing, 他的作品大量取材于他周围的风景和他的旅行经历.

Spring 2023.   Leila Ali是一位哥伦比亚出生的视觉艺术家,现居奥斯汀. Her work moves between modes of production that employ photography, collage, painting, and drawing. Her most recent project uses botanical art and landscape photography as a lens to reflect on common wild plants that are often overlooked and neglected, 这种现象被称为“植物失明”。. Leila's practice aims to invite the public to look closely and appreciate the rich botanical environment, 有时是看不见的,被认为是理所当然的.

Fall 2022. Ania Safko. Ania是一位从事电影工作的乌克兰裔美国视觉艺术家, poetry, and photography, 也是德州大学奥斯汀分校艺术硕士项目的21届毕业生. Her artistic practice deals with the human impact on the landscape of the American West and the changing nature of Americans' relationship with wilderness.

Spring 2022. Juliet Whitsett. Juliet is an Art Educator with a Master’s Degree in Community-Based Arts Education from the University of Texas-Austin and Undergraduate in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has designed arts and environmental education programs for public institutions such as the High Line, 伯德小姐约翰逊野花中心, the Thinkery, 奥斯汀探索学校和国内外的私人组织.

Fall 2021 - Danika Ostrowski. Ostrowski is based in Austin and is a dedicated advocate for the preservation of public lands. She paints both en-plein-air and creates in-studio work based on photographs, sketches and memories. Ostrowski began painting on the porch at Wild Basin every Friday morning until Wild Basin closed due to COVID-19 in March 2020. 她重新开始了她的驻地,并担任了野生盆地2021年秋季的驻地艺术家.

Fall 2019 – Precious Parker. As a visual artist, storyteller and photographer, Parker explores "the relational connection between subjects and space with subtle elements of emotion". During her residency at Wild Basin, Parker examined how humans and nature live in tandem and hopes her artwork will encourage people to reflect on their connection to nature and the spaces they occupy. In November 2019, Parker guided 14 children and adults in the technique of cyanotype nature printing.

Spring 2019 – Bethany Johnson. Johnson is based in Austin and her art explores the intersection between art and science: between the poetic experience of nature and the more objective study thereof. 她的作品主要以绘画为媒介, intermingling the aesthetic approaches and media associated with landscape art traditions with data-oriented, informational components, such as seismic imaging, geologic surveys, and others.

Fall 2018 – Jaime McCormick. McCormick’s work highlights the connection between people and the environment primarily using acrylic, gouache, and collage techniques.  对环境保护充满热情, McCormick hopes to create art that connects visitors to Wild Basin and sparks exploration of our natural spaces. 

Fall 2017/Spring 2018 – Heidi Miller Lowell.  Lowell has over 9 years of experience as an art teacher and a keen appreciation for nature from her childhood in Colorado.  Using 3D modeling and watercolors, 艺术家的目的是庆祝野生盆地的动植物, 让人们注意到保护野生环境的重要性.

Spring 2017 – Andrea Wolf.  沃尔夫的作品主要集中在当地野生动物的当代肖像. The artist painted at the preserve weekly and conducting two events open to the public at the Wild Basin Creative Research Center during her time with us. An event geared to an adult audience explored the influence of local wildlife with a painting demonstration. 第二个面向儿童的活动侧重于将自然融入艺术.