Fort Totten Park


Friday, July 15, 2016
No. 59

This summer, three artists have been selected to participate in the first-ever Arts and Humanities Residency Program hosted at Fort Totten Park’s Urban Field Station, in Bayside, Queens. The goal of the residency is to bring perspectives from the arts and humanities to urban land management and community stewardship, to increase the sophistication of our capacity to communicate about nature in the city, and to reach members of the public in new ways.

An inaugural cohort of three New York City-based artists were selected because of their work at the intersection of art, urban ecology, sustainability, nature, and design:

o Mary Mattingly
Mary Mattingly creates sculptural ecosystems in urban spaces. She is currently working on a floating food forest for New York called “Swale” and recently completed a two-part sculpture “Pull” for the International Havana Biennial with the Museo National de Belles Artes de la Habana and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

o Lize Mogel
Lize Mogel is an interdisciplinary artist and counter-cartographer. Her work intersects the fields of popular education, cultural production, public policy, and mapping. She is co-editor of the book/map collection "An Atlas of Radical Cartography”. Exhibitions include the Sharjah (U.A.E.), Gwangju (South Korea) and Pittsburgh Biennials, "Greater New York" at PS1, and "Experimental Geography".

o Adam Stoltman
Adam Stoltman is a media professional with over 30 years of experience in editorial, corporate and social sector environments, and is a former editor at The New York Times, and Time, Inc. His photographic work has appeared in Time, Newsweek ,Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, LIFE, New York and a host of other publications in the United States and internationally. He is currently working on a long term photographic documentation project on the relationship between Parks and People in New York City.

These artists are all interested in exploring ideas that can be incubated via relationships with public agencies working at the nexus of research and natural resource management. They work across different media and have current projects in various stages of conceptualization and implementation. Over the course of the year they will have opportunities to be embedded with Urban Field Station staff, projects, and sites, and will share their own work via the Urban Field Station’s Science of the Living City public seminars.

The New York City Urban Field Station ( is a unique scientific collaboration between the NYC Parks and the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station. First launched in 2006, the Urban Field Station now provides a formal location for this long-term research partnership promoting research on urban ecology, conservation, stewardship, and ecological literacy to support ecosystem management and human well-being. The facility is designed as a shared office and lab where city and federal scientists work hand-in-hand to address critical land management questions relevant to NYC and other cities across the country.

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