NCEAS Artist in Residence Partnership

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis



Skye Moret

Skye Moret is a data-driven designer and marine scientist. Her diverse background on the ocean—having sailed 80,000+ miles around the globe—fuels her belief in the power of art and design in communicating nature and science. Her work investigates the complex relationship between nature and technology-mediated human expectations, experiences, and engagement. Skye is an Assistant Professor in the Collaborative Design + Design Systems graduate program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is a Senior Researcher on the Ocean Archive Project with User Group Coop. Her work has been published in Science, Slate, Migrant Journal, Popular Science, Roads & Kingdoms, and Public Radio International, among others. 

Özge Samanci

Özge Samanci, a media artist and graphic novelist, is an associate professor in Northwestern University’s School of Communication. Her interactive installations have been exhibited internationally, including Siggraph Art Gallery, FILE festival, Currents New Media, The Tech Museum of Innovation, WRO Media Art Biennial, Athens International Festival of Digital Arts and New Media, ISEA among others. Her autobiographical graphic novel Dare to Disappoint (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015) received international press attention and was positively reviewed in The New York Times, The Guardian, Slate along with many other media outlets. Dare to Disappoint has been translated into five languages. Her drawings appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Slate Magazine, The Huffington Post, Guernica, The Rumpus. In 2017,  she was the Holtzbrinck Visual Arts Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.



James Stephenson

Leading American orchestras, instrumentalists and wind ensembles around the world have performed the music of Chicago-based composer James M. Stephenson, both to critical acclaim and the delight of audiences. Stephenson came late to his full-time composing career, having performed 17 seasons as a trumpeter in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. As such, the composer is largely self-taught, making his voice truly individual and his life’s work all the more remarkable. Recent and upcoming premieres include the St. Louis and Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Cabrillo Festival, as well as the US “President’s Own” Marine Band. Over 150 orchestras and bands play his music annually.