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 many components. Visiting artists come as students from UVA, through the Lucile Walton Artist residency, and as professional artists-in-residence. These artists participate in the Open House that the Station hosts each year. Summer art classes are also offered, and MLBS has a growing art collection including work from resident artists, and original pieces by Lucile Walton and John Audubon. Read more about the programs by following the links below.

Lucile Walton Artist Fellowship Program Visiting Artists-in-Residence Program UVa Studio Art Student Fellowship Summer Art Classes


Participation in ArtLab

Artists gather at the Station each summer for about two-weeks.  A single supported Lucile Walton Artist is identified by the UVA Art Department and MLBS each year. Participation as a Walton Artist is by nomination and committee selection in early spring. Students interested in classes or fellowships should contact the Station. Course opportunities are posted under Summer Courses.  Contributions of art or financial support are welcome and will be used to build and improve the program.  Visit The Power of Place to learn how to contribute.

  • This summer's ArtLab features a science writing course titled Creative Approaches to Biology and Ecology taught by Hannah Rogers.  May 19-30.
  • Student fellows TBA.
  • Open House:  July 19th
  • This Summer's Visiting Artists, July 14-26: ​TBA


ArtLab Archive: 

Artist-in-Residence: Ana Golica

Visiting Artists and Student Fellows:

Annabel Nowlan - Visit her blog

Artist-in-Residence blog post by Megan Marlatt

UVA news feature on Artist-in-Residence

Professional video about visiting artist Annabel Nowlan


Beginning Drawing I and II - The Landscape, Small and Large, Megan Marlat,  UVA Dept. or Art

Special Topics in Sculpture: Sculpture and Earth, William Bennet, UVA Dept. or Art

Flickr photos from sculpture class



Beginning Drawing I and II - The Landscape, Small and Large, Megan Marlat,  UVA Dept. or Art

UVA news feature on drawing class