Welcome to the

2019 Cayo Residency Application

We are seeking artists who focus on the environment, biology, ecology, or preservation in their work, and whose work encompasses a curiosity and reverence for the Earth's diverse wonders. We are open to artists working in all genres. Our eight "Art Explorers" (i.e. residents of the Cayo Residency) are emerging artists and graduate students who want to deepen their practice, but are not required to make work at the residency. These eight artists must be open to team cooperation and artistic autonomy. 


  • Tuesday, January 15: Call officially opens. Completed applications*** may be emailed to regan@cayoresidency.com

  • Friday, March 15: All applications must be received by midnight.

  • Monday, April 15: Selected participants will be notified.

  • Session One: July 9 - 18 (artists with general practice)

  • Session Two: July 20 - 29 (artists with science focus)


  • The Residency Fee (for Art Explorers) for 10 days is USD $2,200. This fee includes transportation costs during the residency, lodging, meals and snacks, and entrance fees to parks and institutions.  Accommodations for each Art Explorer will include a single bed (two beds per room) and shared bathroom.

  • We cannot offer any scholarships or finacial aid at this time, but this is one of our goals.

  • Airfare, travel insurance and personal spending money are the responsibility of the artist. 

  • Once accepted, artists will be required to provide a non-refundable 50% deposit by May 1, 2019.

  • All participants must be confident swimmers and in good physical condition, as there is a lot of hiking and walking.  All artists are responsible for bringing their own supplies to the residency.

The official 2019 residency workshops and field trips will be selected from the following list. The official program will be sent out to our accepted participants in their welcome packet. NOTE: Session Two is for artists with more science-focused practices, while Session One is for artists with more general artistic practices .


Leon Levy Plant Preserve 
Sweetings Pond 
Turtle Bay 
Salt Ponds 
Twin Cove Beach 
Ocean Hole (Blue Hole and a sacred site for locals) 
Cape Eleuthera Institute

WORKSHOPS: (Please note that Session Two is geared for our more science-based applicants)

High Resolution Microscopy -Session 1 and 2
Microscopy in the field - Session 1 and 2
Plankton Tow Construction and Collection - Session 1 and 2
Hunt for Bioluminescence and Culturing Bioluminescent Plankton on Site - Session 1 and 2

Albatross - Film by Chris Jordan. Discussion after the film and presentation by Regan Rosburg. - Session 1 and 2

Genetic Barcoding of Local Flora and Fauna - Session 2 only
Water Analysis in through the lens of climate change - Session 2 only 
Novel Algal Species Hunting -  Session 2 only
Scientific Tool Building - Crash Course  - Session 2 only 
Underwater Fluorescent Lamp Construction  - Session 2 only 


Our 2019 Artist-in-Residence is George Boorujy. He is a visual artist who has exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally and is a faculty member of the School of Visual Ats (New York). Boorujy will spend time with each group of residents, helping them to deepen their practice and research. His workshop will explore one’s connection to nature using the depiction of wildlife as a starting point.

Boorujy says: “How do we relate to the natural world? Humanity has drastically altered every environment on the planet including our climate. And in the 21st century, it seems we are ever more disconnected from nature. In reality, we are indeed very much a part of nature, and completely dependant on the natural world for our survival. We will investigate the changing representation of animals, and the role of the artist in the midst of the Anthropocene and the Sixth Extinction.” Boorujy supports this workshop with a bird-watching walks at both the Cayo residency beach and at the Leon Levy Native Plant Reserve, drawing workshops (animal anatomy), and information about his research and technical processes.


Applications must follow the guidelines exactly. Please review the following carefully:

Step 1) Click on BEGIN APPLICATION PROCESS link (bottom of page)

Step 2) PAY APPLICATION FEE OF $25 (non- refundable) and Fill out the form. You will receive an emailed copy of your receipt.

Step 3) SUBMIT your application materials. Email them to regan@cayoresidency.com by midnight March 15.***


1) Artist Statement that describes your work and methodology (one page, PDF). Please save file as lastname_firstname_statement.pdf

2) Artist CV (three pages maximum, PDF). Please save file as lastname_firstname_cv.pdf

3) One portfolio (multi-page PDF) file with ten high quality images. Include captions with title, dimensions, materials and the year completed. Images will need to be of excellent quality. Images must have been completed in the past 5 years. Please save file as lastname_firstname_images.pdf

4) Project proposal for the residency (one page, PDF). Please save file as lastname_firstname_proposal.pdf

***Applications without paid application fee will not be considered.