VI4 – Remote Artist-in-Residence Program

ArtLab in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation (VI4)

Our Mission: To train the next generation of scientists and physicians and make fundamental discoveries in the areas of infection biology, immunology, and inflammation with the goal of increasing knowledge and improving human health.

Applications close May 31st

A virtual artist-in-residence experience for Vanderbilt Undergraduates to connect with researchers and communicate findings.

See our virtual VI4 Summer 2019 gallery here!


This is an opportunity for VI4 member laboratories to participate in an Artist-in-Residence program where artists and scientists will explore innovative means of science communication. We characterize the residency as the inclusion of an artistic collaboration within a research environment, exclusively occurring through remote interactions in 2020. Artists will create artwork related to the laboratories’ research and scientists will develop graphical abstracts for specific projects. Ideally, art will be included in manuscripts, submitted as cover art, and/or used to promote the laboratory on web sites, social media, and other public-facing platforms. In addition to the laboratories promoting the artists’ work, these collaborations may also be featured at VI4 events (e.g. MEGAMicrobe, VI4 Annual Symposium) and other exhibitions sponsored by ArtLab, VU, and/or VUMC. Final pieces must be completed in by the end of the 10-week program, which will run from June 1st through August 7th, 2020.


The goals of the program include:

  • Creating visual scientific art based on VI4 laboratory missions
  • Developing or optimizing graphical abstracts from specific VI4 laboratory projects
  • Submitting images as cover art, in manuscripts, or via social media
  • Participating in a Fall 2020 exhibition

What happens?

Weekly updates to program administrators

Online workshops and resources for ArtScience

Building a art-science partnership

Create artwork to communicate scientific findings

Who is involved?

Vanderbilt Research Faculty
If you are interested in hosting a remote artist in your laboratory please complete the application form. The form will be posted on this site when applications open.

When does it start?

Applications open May 1st