Artist Expectations

Research vessel Falkor provides a unique platform allowing artists to engage directly with the ocean in a new and challenging way. Artists will be expected to contribute daily reflections in an online blog, and share final art pieces through Schmidt Ocean Institute’s website, as well as potential exhibition spaces. One piece of artists’ choice will be asked to be left aboard Falkor to be shared and enjoyed by those who travel and visit on Falkor in the future. Art instillations could become a part of Falkor with prior consent (e.g. wall mural).

Each artist will be asked to complete a community service or outreach project in line with their talents and passions (e.g. school visit, community presentation, remote connection from Falkor, etc.). Schmidt Ocean Institute will assist the artist before they arrive on Falkor to decide on a community project.


Professional and student artists are invited to apply. Schmidt Ocean Institute is open to all art mediums including animation, bioart, data, digital, imaging, drawing, installation, painting, printmaking, sculpture, sound, film, writing, wearables, etc. Artists of all nationalities are welcome, however, artists will be responsible for obtaining their own visa (country dependent) applicable to the countries to be visited. Applicants must be over the age of eighteen and have previous work available for review in a digital format (e.g. pictures, website, etc.).

Funding and Residency

Schmidt Ocean Institute will provide roundtrip economy travel to join Falkor wherever she is located to participate in a selected cruise or transit. When available, one shared berth and work space will be provided to the selected artist at no charge, however, no stipend or funds for materials will be provided. Artists will be expected to bring their own materials and are responsible for their transfer. Meals, airport transfers to/ from the ship, and residence will be included. Duration time aboard Falkor may be up to five weeks at sea.

Application Process and Evaluation

When the call is open, an application form will be provided online. Supplemental material must be submitted via email. Artists will be selected through a committee who will rank applicants based on: application of science, art dissemination, clarity and imagination, community service / outreach plan, desire and passion, experience and justification, online portfolio or digital examples of work, response to online application questions, and use of technology.

We are not currently accepting new applicants. If you would like to be added to our contact list for when we open our call please fill out this this short form. Please do not send emails.