Our goal is to build cooperative relationships with local organizations, artists and art teachers and students to use Bernheim’s resources and facilities. These may be project based, community based, school based, or directed by an individual artist or art collective.
An example of this was Inspired by Bernheim, a Plein air opportunity to utilize Bernheim’s natural beauty as the subject matter for a juried exhibition. Artists were given the opportunity to paint in the setting of their choice through out Bernheim Arboretum for the month of September 2011. A juried selection process took place and those selected works were on view, and for sale, during a national conference in downtown Louisville. After the conference is finished, the entire show was transported and displayed at the Bernheim Arboretum for one month. This exhibition was sponsored by a partnership of three nonprofit organizations: The Cathedral Heritage Foundation, the Louisville Visual Arts Association and the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.
We encourage artists, art teachers and students from regional schools and universities to utilize our resources, as do museum groups and visitors from all walks of life. We provide tours of the art works, create dialog about the each artwork and its relationship with nature.
Two current examples are artist, Michael Pierre Price, who is photographing moths and butterflies from Bernheim’s vast Insect Collection for use as source material for a series of art works. He plans on creating an exhibition in Louisville and a book.
Lexington based photographer, Nori Hall is creating a series of images based on Bernheim through out various seasons for an exhibition of large-scale, hand printed photographs.