Creative Residents complete a four-to-six-week residency to create immersive, scholarly, visual content for one or more of the large-scale digital walls in the award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library. Residents are encouraged to interrogate the intersections of data, knowledge, and culture through visual expression.

Each resident produces a large-scale work of digital art or visualization. Creations include generative art or dynamic, data-driven visualizations of high aesthetic quality. The data underlying the pieces may or may not be literally interpretable, depending on the resident’s scholarly approach.

To generate broader impact, the work:

  • Is open source

  • Follows principles of responsive design

  • Follows principles of universal design

  • Is documented using principles of literate computing

  • Can be broadly distributed to other libraries and learning spaces with similar visualization facilities

Additionally, the work is considered scholarly output that is citable and impactful.

To see more information on the residency requirements, see the Call for Proposals.

Immersive Scholar Creative Residents

Radmila Sazdanović

Radmila Sazdanović, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Radmila Sazdanović will embed with NCSU Libraries for six weeks in late summer 2018, adapting her research and art practice of open source tessellations for display on large screen environments, and develop a plan for adapting Tess features for interactive display.

Liss LaFleur

Liss LaFleur, Artist and Assistant Professor

Alongside students and a library-based collaborative team, Liss will create a collection of digital stained glass inspired video panels that illuminate current social trends surrounding sexual assault, using the #METOO campaign to gather data in the United States. Liss' works and exhibitions are on her website.

Lucas Swick

Lucas Swick, Generative Artist

Lucas will develop 3-5 generative art concepts inspired by nature and related to the story of deep importance to the local NCSU/Raleigh community - food and housing (in)security for students. Each concept will use data as inputs, in consultation with NCSU's Dr. Mary Haskett, that affect the visualization, generating an endless series of slowly evolving visuals. Get to know Lucas through his website.

Emil Polyak

Emil Polyak, Assistant Professor of Art+Design

Emil proposes to utilize machine learning to interpret the meaning of “disappointment”, implementing appropriate design elements in the artwork as users interact with it through their mobile device. He seeks to explore "ambiguity as a resource in design and how to translate it." Emil's publications and creative work are online at


Caitlin and Misha

Caitlin & Misha, Artists

Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich will develop an artistic visualization exploring intersections of the human experience and Earth's changing waterscape. People are mostly water, but the melting ice caps threaten our existence. Harnessing the elemental force requires a balancing act. Water is thus a powerful symbol. For this work, Caitlin & Misha are harnessing USGS groundwater data and will be immersed at NCSU for six weeks in the Spring of 2019. Get to know Caitlin Foley at and Misha Rabinovich at