LandLab Program

LandLab is a unique artist residency program that operates on multiple platforms: artistic creation, ecological restoration and education. A joint project of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA), LandLab offers resources and space on the Schuylkill Centerís 340-acre wooded property for visual artists to engage audiences in the processes of ecological stewardship through scientific investigation and artistic creation.

Marguerita Haganís Lila II instigates
community involvement while restoring an
abandoned lot to create community
garden-sculpture grounds.

Launching in Spring 2014, LandLab projects will result in innovative, art-based installations that prevent or remediate environmental damage while raising public awareness about our local ecology.

Resident artists for LandLab were announced in April 2014. The projects include a site-specific installation constructed from invasive vines by We The Weeds, a collaboration of artist Kaitlin Pomerantz and botanist Zya Levy, simultaneously encouraging dialog about the global movement of plants and removing hazardous invasive species from the forest. Marguerita Hagan, B.H. Mills, and Maggie Mills will build a pollinator-focused series of raised beds, accompanied by sculptural installation to engage the public in learning about native plants, chemical-free gardening, and sustainable practices, as well as the crucial relationship between humans and bees. Jake Beckman will explore the detritus cycle of a forest and its disruption by invasive earthworms, creating sculptural installations that make these hidden processes visible to visitors, and Leslie Birchís #MyPhillyWater will bring students of all ages into an investigation of water quality issues by engaging them in data collection and communication of that data through diverse modes of exhibits, social media, and text messaging.

For more information about the LandLab resident artists, see Meet the LandLab Artists, a blog post from Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art. For more information about LandLab, please contact Christina at or 215-482-7300 x111.

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) provides career development services for professional visual artists, helps artists reach their audiences, and promotes interest in and understanding of the visual arts among citizens of the Philadelphia region.

Support for LandLab is provided by the Knight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and the William Penn Foundation. This project was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided by PECO. This program is administered regionally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Artists in Residence


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