Art on the Farm

A part of Long Island children’s childhood for over 50 years, the Long Island Game Farm was founded in 1970 by Stanley and Diane Novak. Nestled in the woodlands of Manorville, the Game Farm attracts family and nature lovers to experience up close encounters with native and exotic animals. Their daughter, Melinda grew up on the farm, living in what today is used as the farms’ administrative office. Now the VP at the Game Farm, Melinda is introducing new programs that reflect the mission of encouraging respect & care for animals and our natural environment. Melinda’s lifelong interest in the arts and artisan crafts from natural materials and ingredients has led to the planned introduction of an artist residency program and expanded educational programs at the Game Farm.


Artist Residency at the Long Island Game Farm

Visual artists are invited to submit proposals to be artists in residence at the Long Island Game Farm on an ongoing basis for each summer season. Proposals may be for permanent or temporary installations and should reflect and incorporate the mission of the LI Game Farm of honoring and educating about the natural environment. This non-residential residency will take place in July/August during park hours. Resident Artist talks will be scheduled for park guests on Saturdays during residency months and during the week for arts integrated school student visits and professional development for teaching artists. An Opening Reception will take place on a Friday to be determined. Non-permanent installations will be removed at the end of the season. Artists selected for residencies will be given a stipend and limited materials reimbursement.

An application package will include a proposal, an artist bio, a professional reference and samples of previous work. Artists are welcome to visit Long Island Game Farm at 489 Chapman Boulevard in Manorville, New York, free of charge when the park is open, to scope out the grounds for potential installation locations through October 31. Please email to be added to the guest list. Check in at the ticket booth and pick up a map of the grounds that will include potential locations for installations.

“We are excited to see what the artists will create in our park atmosphere surrounded by animals and nature. By adding another layer to the experience of a visit and expanding our educational offerings, we will be adding a new dimension to the park that reminds everyone of the interrelatedness of everything around us and that we need to care for all of it.”

Melinda Novak, VP of the Long Island Game Farm
Further information, contact Melinda Novak at or 631-860-3866.

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SEP 11- OCT 31


Artists may visit Long Island Game Farm at 489 Chapman Boulevard in Manorville,
New York, free of charge, when open to the public, to scope out space for potential installations. Check in
at ticket booth and pick up a map of the grounds.


Art on the Farm is an ongoing non-residential artist residency at the Long Island Game Farm accommodating 5 artists. Priority will be given to proposals that reflect the mission of the Long
Island Game Farm to honor and respect animals and the natural environment.

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