Art in the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System


Celebrating 23 Years of Art and Nature

The Arc of Appalachia is dedicated to protecting balance, beauty, and biodiversity in southern Ohio. Here at the Arc we take the balance part very seriously. We use our rational minds to protect the diversity of life in all of its countless physical forms. And we use our intuitive minds to honor its seeming opposite – the essential unity of all living things. Out of this perfect marriage of science and art comes awe, inspiration and good will – erupting right out of the middle!

Learn more about the many intersections of art and nature that have been inspired by the Arc of Appalachia’s efforts in wildlands preservation. 

Artists in Sanctuary Program
Gallery Show & Sale 
October 11, 2020

Each year, several nationally recognized Ohio participants – including plein air artists and one author – participate in the Highlands Nature Sanctuary annual artist-in-residency program.  Visitors can interact with these artists as they interpret the scenery as seen from many locations along the Sanctuary’s trails, whether it is a cedar laden field at the Kamelands, a rocky gorge along the Etawah Trail, or goldenrod blooming on Ridgeview’s rolling hills.  Besides watching the artists work on location, a final gallery showing showcases the works created throughout the residency.  During the weekends, stop by the Appalachian Forest Museum to find out where these artists will be working, so you can visit with them and watch as they interpret nature from an artistic perspective. Click here to learn more about the program.

Click here for a listing of artists from previous residencies.

Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency

This thematic residency, new in 2019, invites artists to stay at the Arc of Appalachia, develop work around environmental issues, and learn how to be stewards of the land through volunteer hours. In return for their work the artist receives lodging, time and space to develop new work without cost. Artists will actively participate in the space they are working, allowing the Appalachian forest to ripple into their work. The residency is open to artists working in all media. ***Please note, there are no studio spaces so the residency may be best for idea generation rather than production, depending on the media used.***
More information.

Art on the Trails

Hiking along the Etawah Woods trail or in the fields of Ridgeview Farm, you may have come upon one of two strikingly beautiful benches. The very simple act of sitting quietly and taking time alone with our thoughts has become increasingly difficult for most of us. Inspired by nature, these benches offer space to rest on your journey in quiet meditation. We invite you to have a seat!

The bench pictured here was commissioned by anonymous Arc donors and created by Andrew T. Crawford of Atlanta, GA.
Visit his website to see more of his work or Click Here to read his bio. 

Ohio’s Nature Journal

The Arc of Appalachia’s Facebook page serves as Ohio’s nature journal throughout the seasons. Some of the top nature photographers across the state share their breathtaking photos, capturing artistic snapshots of what’s currently in bloom, on the wing, migrating through, and other exciting events transpiring in the natural world. We invite you to follow our page for your daily dose of the wonders of the world around us!

Click here to visit our page.