Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Invites Applications for Artist in Residence Program

The Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky, welcomes applications for its Artist in Residence Program.

Established in 1980, the program provides awards artists with an opportunity to live and create site-specific work inspired by their total immersion experience in the natural environment. Through the program, visual artists will be awarded an honorarium of $2,500 and, over a five- to eight-week residency,  be encouraged to explore ideas that reinforce Bernheim's mission to "connect people with nature" and use their residency to take risks, investigate, experiment, and explore new avenues in their work.

Up to four artists are selected for residencies annually, with one residency always dedicated to a regional artist currently living in Kentucky or Clark or Floyd County in southern Indiana.

In exchange for a furnished, one-bedroom rustic cabin with full kitchen, bath and Wi-Fi, access to studio space, and financial and staff support, artists will be expected to create a site-inspired artwork, temporary installation, or project as a donation to the Bernheim Foundation. Recipients are asked to engage the public with their work and/or process. Typical engagement activities include a community project, lecture, demonstration, youth-learning experience, workshop(s), or other special programming. 

Note that during the COVID pandemic, the arboretum is looking for creative and safe ways to engage the public with artwork, including outdoor settings and through virtual experiences.

To be eligible, applicants must be a professional visual artist. Applicants may be emerging or established artists on a regional, national, or international level. Students may not apply.

See the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest website for complete program guidelines, a list of previous awardees, application instructions, and an FAQ.

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Deadline: March 01, 2021