ArtLab Lucile Walton Fellow Artists-in-Residence UVa Studio Art Student Fellowship Summer Art Classes

Exploring Art in Biology

Expanding the Creative Scope at Mountain Lake Since 2011


The purpose of ArtLab is to bring artists and scientists together to share viewpoints, observations, philosophies, and perspectives in their common quest to observe and understand nature and biology.  Art and science are both creative endeavors.  The diversity in how artists and scientists observe the world and attempt to communicate what they see enriches and enlightens them both.

ArtLab at Mountain Lake has four components. Visiting artists come as course or fellowship students from UVa, as Lucile Walton Fellows, and as professional Artists-in-Residence. These artists live and work within the Mountain Lake Biological Station community and are asked to participate in the Open House that the Station hosts each year. MLBS has a growing art collection including work from resident artists, and original pieces by long-time Station resident Lucile Walton and even John Audubon. Read more about the programs by following the links above.


Participation in ArtLab

Artists gather at the Station each summer for about two-weeks. The single grant-supported Lucile Walton Fellow, and the six to eight Artists-in-Residence are identified by the UVa Art Department and MLBS each year by nomination and committee selection in early spring. Students interested in classes should contact the Station or visit Summer Courses. UVa students interested in fellowships should contact their concentration advisor in the Studio Art Department. Contributions of art or financial support are welcome and will be used to build and improve the program. Contact the Station or visit The Power of Place to learn how to contribute.


ArtLab Archive




UVA Today feature on Stephen Vitiello


Artist-in-Residence blog post by Megan Marlatt

UVA news feature on Artist-in-Residence

Professional video about visiting artist Annabel Nowlan



Flickr photos from sculpture class



UVA news feature on drawing class