Drawing Water: Art and Science Intern Wanted

Drawing Water: Art and Science Intern

Employer: Center for Limnology – UW Madison (questions can be directed to Amber Mrnak at amrnak@wisc.edu and Gretchen Gerrish at ggerrish@wisc.edu)


The University of Wisconsin, Madison at Trout Lake Station (TLS) in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, along with partners at the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Natural Resources Department (LDFTNR) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Northern Highland Fishery Research Area (WDNR) seek three interns to participate in a full-time, summer long, art and science collaboration focused on the multiple ways that art can be used to interpret local science focused on our waterways. Interns will work within a community of interacting artists and scientists but their direct work will take place within one of three partnerships:

Lac du Flambeau Tribal Natural Resources Department & Artist Adam Swanson

LDFTNR scientist Celeste Hockings and artist Adam Swanson are seeking an intern who is invested in understanding how science is conducted with the goal of protecting important tribal resources. This position will offer opportunities for wetland delineation, aquatic plant identification, and mapping. Adam is a painter and muralist who paints about the complex ecological challenges we face in our relationships to the land, water, and animals that make our area so precious. Adam is ready to mentor an intern who is enthusiastic about using environmental research to make informed and engaging artworks.



Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Northern Highland Fisheries Research Area & Artist Mindy Schnell

WDNR scientists Greg Sass and Steph Shaw and artist Mindy Schnell are seeking an intern that is excited to engage in activities related to fisheries research. This position will offer a chance for hands-on experience on the water where the intern will learn scientific processes in the field and work to translate their new knowledge to art. Research themes may include, aquatic habitat, interactions between fishes and anglers, climate change adaptation, and the long history of whole lake studies and how that plays into the science we do. Mindy’s art interest is in painting, drawing, and mixed media art. Mindy is comfortable in mentoring an intern in any two-dimensional art. 


University of Wisconsin, Madison’s Trout Lake Station and Artist Terrill Knaack

TLS scientist Susan Knight and artist Terrill Knaack are seeking an intern who is ready to jump in and gain new experiences. Susan’s current research focuses on understanding the decline of wild rice in local waterways and the intern will have an opportunity to participate in this research and enjoy the striking transformation of a wild rice population through the season. The intern will also have a chance to explore and be inspired by the function and beauty of aquatic plants in our local lakes and wetlands. There will also be many opportunities to interact with other researchers on station through the summer. Terrill’s art interests are varied and comprise many different media types, including painting, printing, and furniture. Terrill is ready to mentor any artist who is enthusiastic to engage at the art and science boundary.


The goal of the art and science collaboration is to demonstrate the beauty of the natural world and the scientific process; bridge communication and interest for varied groups of people; and encourage the next generation to link art and science to generate a richer and wider value system. We welcome applications from students coming from artistic and/or scientific backgrounds that are excited to work at this interface. 



  • Enthusiasm or demonstrated efforts to contribute time, energy, and experience toward communicating within the overlap of science and art.
  • Committed to actively engage for the duration of summer, attend weekly summer seminars, and invest time into being mentored by an artist and scientist team.
  • Willingness to be on the water and to engage with field training opportunities even under inclement conditions.
  • Enthusiasm for creating and sharing art science interface education with youth.

Key Contributions

  • Development and implementation of mentoring partnerships with artists and scientists.
  • Attend weekly summer seminars and contribute when appropriate.
  • Complete a project at the art and science interface.
  • Help plan and facilitate a middle school art camp at the end of the summer.
  • Volunteer to help organize informational activities for the general public throughout the summer e.g. participate in the annual Open House, plan potential galleries and/or other public events. 


  • Number of positions: 3
  • Start date: early May 2022
  • End date: late August 2022
  • Pay:  $5,800 for the summer

 Location and Housing:

This position is located at the Center for Limnology’s Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction, WI in northern Wisconsin. Dormitory style housing (not food) is provided free of charge. Enjoy swimming, hiking, fishing, biking and shoreline campfires while gaining valuable experience!

How to apply:

Student artists age 18 or older working in 2 and 3 dimensional media, musicians, performance artists and creative writers are encouraged to apply.  All work must be original, no commercial molds, patterns, kits or laser prints will be accepted. 

Submissions should include:

  • Cover letter
    • Please explain what you hope to gain from this internship, why you are interested in this opportunity, and why you are uniquely qualified for this position. 
  • Resume or CV and unofficial transcript
    • Include any experience you have in art and science
  • Names for 3 References including email and phone number
  • Art portfolios/examples
    • Please submit a minimum of three examples of your work. This could be in the form of a portfolio or a minimum of three separate digital submissions. This could include digital images, MP3 files, short videos, pdfs, etc.
    • Provide a brief written description with each of your art examples. You may want to touch on the media, your goals for the piece, areas of growth and exploration, inspiration, etc. 

The CFL is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to an inclusive and positive working environment for all.

  • Questions for the application:
    • What do you hope to gain from working with an artist mentor?
    • What is your experience working with children? Explain your interest in mentoring students at the boundary of  art and science.
    • Briefly explain your science background, if any.
    • Briefly explain your art background.

Now Open for applications! Wisconsin Arts Rescue Program Grant

Information session is noon on Thursday, Sept. 9

The Wisconsin Arts Board’s “Wisconsin Arts Rescue Program Grant is designed to help secure jobs and keep the doors open to the hundreds of arts organizations in Wisconsin that add value to the state’s economy and bolster the creative life of our communities. Created in response to the continuing pandemic, these grants provide funding to arts organizations for pandemic-related losses sustained due to the cancellation of programming, operations, and events.

Applications for the grant are due on Oct. 14, 2021 at 3pm.  Approximately $778,200 will be distributed.

To learn more, attend the information session on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 12:00pm – 12:30pm.

Last chance to buy LPC Raffle Tickets

August 30, 2021

This Saturday, September 4th is the last day to buy tickets for the La Pointe Center for the Arts fundraising raffle drawing. Grand prize includes a three-night stay in a gorgeous home on the shores of Lake Superior on Madeline Island. Included in the package is a boat trip out to Devil’s Island caves, mopeds to explore the Island, and restaurant vouchers to enjoy some of our great food.

Drawing takes place Sunday, September 5
3 PM in front of the Beach Club

Grand Prize includes a three-night stay at this gorgeous lake home.

Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100 and can be purchased at the LPC Art Gallery, the Madeline Island Golf Course, and LPC Board members will be stationed around town on Saturday September 4th. For more information call Peg at 218.391.8352

LPC Art Auction ends tonight

The LaPointe Center for the Arts Online Art Auction will be ending tonight, July 15 at 8 PM. Click the link below to participate in the fun, all while supporting arts and artists on Madeline Island. Shop the paintings, jewelry, books, and other island art.

Winners will be contacted after the auction ends to make arrangements for payment and delivery or pickup.


It’s not often that you get to support a great cause and local Island artists who are inspired by the area we all love best, Madeline Island and Lake Superior. Thank you for all you do to support Island arts!

Here are some of the beautiful creations, donated by island artists, that you can bid on today!

Ferry View, Carolyn Cone
All Shall Be Well, Nell Hillsley
Early Life Among the Indians, Benjamin Armstrong
Protected Transition, Joan Slack

LPC Online Art Auction now open for bidding!

The LaPointe Center for the Arts Online Art Auction is now open for bidding. Click the link below to participate in the fun, all while supporting arts and artists on Madeline Island. Shop the paintings, jewelry, books, and other island art.

Bidding will end July 15 and winners will be contacted to make arrangements for delivery or pickup.


It’s not often that you get to support a great cause and local Island artists who are inspired by the area we all love best, Madeline Island and Lake Superior. Thank you for all you do to support Island arts!

Below are some of the pieces that are up for auction:

Sterling Silver Pendent Necklace and Earring Set, Phyllis Rieman
Lagoon in the Fall, Digital Art, Frank Anderson

LPC Online Art Auction is now open to view; Bidding starts July 1

The LaPointe Center for the Arts provides grants to local artists, allowing artists and groups to develop and grow as well as bring art to the Madeline Island and the Chequamegon Bay area. We’ve been around over 30 years and have touched so many who have been inspired by the beauty of the Apostle Islands.

Last year, we canceled our Annual Wine Tasting because of COVID and had to find new avenues to support all of our local artists. This year, you can support, engage and fund island art and artists by participating in our LPC Online Art Auction. Click the link below to preview the pieces. Then, on July 1, let the bidding begin.

Bidding will end July 15 and winners will be contacted to make arrangements for delivery or pickup.


It’s not often that you get to support a great cause and local Island artists who are inspired by the area we all love best, Madeline Island and Lake Superior. Thank you for all you do to support Island arts!

Below are some of the pieces that are up for auction:

Lagoon in the Fall, Inkjet digital print, Richard Anderson
Enhanced with European & Swarovski Crystals, Phyllis Rieman
Cotton linen flannel hand-woven rug, Ava Love

Creative Wisconsin Month April 2021

Presented by Arts Wisconsin in partnership with people, organizations, and businesses throughout the state, Creative Wisconsin Month celebrates the diversity and variety of Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial arts and creative sector, demonstrates the ways in which creativity revitalizes communities across the state, and shares those stories with representatives and decision-makers. Creative Wisconsin Month will unfold as a series of presentations and conversations over the course of the month, focusing on the future as we emerge from the pandemic era. Sessions scheduled to date include:


  • Dasha Kelly Hamilton

    Thursday, April 1, 1-1:30 CT:  Creative Wisconsin Month kick off with Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton 

  • Tuesday, April 6, 10 – 11 am CT: Advocacy 101, 102, and beyond  All about the 2021-2023 state budget process, initiatives for investment, and how you can make your voice heard.
  • Friday, April 23, 11 am – 12 noon CT:   Wisconsin’s Young Arts Leaders:  making a creative career and a life.   Hear from three young Wisconsin creative sector leaders about their hopes, aspirations, and ideas as they start their careers at this unprecedented moment in time.
  • Wednesday, April 28, 11 am – 12 noon CT: State of Arts and Creative Sector Funding in Wisconsin, one year later, co-presented by Arts Wisconsin  and the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network.

Americans for the Arts will present the National Arts Action Summit, a multi-day event giving grassroots advocates crucial advocacy training from experts in the field, April 5-9. Participation is free! Click here for info and to register.

Check out the Creative Wisconsin Month schedule – a continually updated work in progress – and ways for you to get involved. Get in touch with Arts Wisconsin with your questions and comments.

Artists, here’s how to apply for Wisconsin “We’re All In” Grants

Applications being accepted October 19 through Monday, November 2




Artists, musicians, creatives – you are very likely eligible to apply for the WEDC We’re All In Grant for small businesses!

Were you in business prior to January 1, 2020?
Did you lose money or have more expenses as a result of COVID?
Did you have less than $1 million in revenue in 2019?
Do you have less than 50 employees?
(If you work by yourself, you count as one employee)
Are you a small business, sole proprietor, gig worker or contractor
(aka filled a Schedule C)?

Did you answer “yes” to all of the above?

For more information on how to apply,
contact Barbara at La Pointe Center
715.209.5471 or email lapointecenter at gmail.com