Deep Ecology Artist Residency

Artwork by Julia O. Bianco, Artist Resident 2021

We are seeking artists to spend time at the sanctuary to explore their artistic perspective in regards to the role of native medicinal plants in the ecosystem through photography, writing, music, and mixed media.

We are currently accepting application for the 2023 residency program!

Lodging is provided for the artists for the duration of the program, in return United Plant Savers asks for artwork to be shared in our Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation, a piece of artwork left onsite (painting, mural, installation, etc.), or other creative outlets of sharing your artwork that was made during the residency.

In 2023 we will have 2 lodging options:

  • Option 1: Cohort Residency at the Brickhouse Apothecary 

There will be 4 positions available for this option and it will take place in late summer 2023 (dates TBD).  The residents will stay at the historic Brickhouse Apothecary in Pomeroy, Ohio, about 20 minutes from the UpS Botanical Sanctuary. The Brickhouse has 4 separate bedrooms, but shares common spaces such as the kitchen, living room, bathroom. The yurt at the sanctuary will be available for use by the artists during the day, with options for overnight stays as well throughout the duration of the program. This will allow artists to work together in collaboration with access to the resources of a small town along the Ohio River, and also allow for time spent in nature at the Botanical Sanctuary. Pomeroy has a weekly farmers market, a hip coffee shop, local music scene, and other unique qualities that make it a great space to stay as an artist visiting the area. Since this option will require some driving, if you do not have your own vehicle, you will have to coordinate with the other members of the cohort for rides to & from the Sanctuary.




  • Option 2: Solo Residency at the UpS Yurt 

The second option is to stay onsite at the UpS Botanical Sanctuary yurt.  This is a solo option and you will be the only artist in that space for the duration of the residency. Our onsite lodging includes a yurt, that is privately nestled in the woods, with a private bathroom, kitchen, internet, landline phone, etc. We are located in a rural area, there is no cell phone service once onsite and the nearest town is about 20 minutes away. This is a great option for those who are looking for more of a solo retreat in nature, without access to all the normal amenities of city life. These solo slots are very limited, only a few folks will be chosen for this option in 2023.


To apply please submit a description of what your interest is in applying for the fellowship, a project idea, and an example of your artwork along with a CV or resume.



NOTE: Applications for 2023 will be accepted through November 13th, 2022. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by December 2022. 

We also ask those who are accepted to participate in the program to share their work in our annual Journal of Medicinal Plant Conservation. Artwork is expected to be submitted to United Plant Savers by the end of the year in which you complete your residency. We hope that this program will offer an opportunity for those seeking sanctuary for artistic inspiration to have the time and space to connect with the healing plants. We look forward to attracting a diverse range of individuals who will explore the meaning of sanctuary and share their art experience with our membership and the broader plant community.

If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please email Katey at


Meadow Flower by Katherine Ziff
Meadow Flower by Katherine Ziff

Deep ecology is an ecological and environmental philosophy promoting the inherent worth of living beings regardless of their instrumental utility to human needs, plus a radical restructuring of modern human societies in accordance with such ideas. Deep ecology argues that the natural world is a subtle balance of complex inter-relationships in which the existence of organisms is dependent on the existence of others within ecosystems. Human interference with or destruction of the natural world poses a threat therefore not only to humans but to all organisms constituting the natural order.


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