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The Artist–in–Residence Program


This is one of the many inoculated straw sculptures made by current artist in residence, Mei-ling Hom that create a sculptural landscape in and around the Edible Garden.

Applications for the 2014-2015 residency is now closed. Thanks to all who applied.

The Artist in Residence Program is available to all visual artists in any medium. All visual artists (sculptors, installation artists, painters, environmental artists, sound, video, performance artists) can apply this fall for 2015. Applicants may be emerging or established artists on a regional, national or international level. Bernheim will provide a stipend of $2,500.00 USD and living quarters for the recipient. In exchange, they will create a site-specific sculpture or project or exhibition, with at least one mutually agreed to work of art left to the Bernheim Foundation.

The goal in all of Bernheim’s activities is to help realize its mission of strengthening the bond between people and nature by finding new ways to connect nature with people’s everyday lives. We believe that if people recognize and benefit from the many values found in nature, quality of life would be enhanced, hence motivating them to protect the natural world for both its practical and intrinsic value. The Bernheim Artist in Residence is awarded on an annual basis to a talented artist who will work within the forest and/or arboretum to create works that are inspired by and potentially installed in the natural world. The Residence provides the artist an opportunity to advance her or his own skills and career while enhancing awareness of Bernheim’s goals and mission regionally, nationally and internationally. Please explore our website more information about Bernheim.

The recipient is required to live and work at Bernheim for a minimum of two months and up to four months.  Bernheim will provide comfortable housing in a one-room cabin with kitchen, AC, heating, Wi-Fi, a log-burning fireplace accessible from outside the arboretum in a beautiful wooded setting. There is a lakeside studio that is heated, has electricity, concrete floors, a utility sink, and a large, well-lit wall. The selected artist will be given access to Bernheim’s grounds and some limited support by operations and horticulture staff, if required. Material support is not available although natural materials are available such as fallen trees and plant material.

Art materials, travel and other expenses are not included. There is a car available for limited use if a current US or International Driver’s License is presented. Recipients will also be asked to interact with the staff and public in some way, which may include but not limited to participating in the development or the making of the work, supporting ongoing staff-initiated projects, public workshops and/or lectures. Bernheim and the recipient will reach an agreement together regarding the work to be donated and the proposed public interaction.

The three artists selected for the 2013-2014 year are Mei-ling Hom, who resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sévyrna Lupien who resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and Firat Erdim who resides in Izmir, Turkey.

Mei-ling Hom arrived at Bernheim for two months the fall of 2013 and returned for two months in the spring of 2014 in order to create a sculptural landscape of inoculated straw sculptures. These pieces use mushroom mycelia as examples of the possibilities that mycorestoration offer depleted soils and polluted waters. Mei-ling uses mycorestoration methods utilizing local natural materials (straw and wood chips) to create an artistic landscape, which will be both inspiring in its remediation properties, and in its visual beauty. The artist integrates proven mycorrhizal solutions with design elegance and visual wonder in order to engage the Bernheim audience in a respectful and joyful appreciation of the natural landscape.

Mei-ling Hom holds a M.F.A. from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and a B.A. from Kirkland College, Clinton, New York. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Fulbright Fellowship for Visual Arts Research in South Korea, The Joan Mitchell Foundation – Visual Arts Grant, the Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship and The Leeway Foundation. She shows internationally and has major commissioned pieces at the international airports in Philadelphia and Raleigh Durham, North Carolina.

Sévyrna Lupien will live at Bernheim from early April 2014 through the end of May 2014. She plans to continue to work on a project called Imaginary Landscapes; Guesses, Occupations and Other Curiosities while at Bernheim. Her project will reflect on the notion of trace and movement that is associated with the concept of land art and art in situ. She allows the immediate environment and spaces to inform her work as she creates her site-specific installations and will create a studio space on site adjacent to her works in progress. She will photograph each piece in process and its natural evolution and deconstruction.

Firat Erdim will work and reside at Bernheim from approximately August 1st thrhough September 30th, 2014. Pieces of salvaged timber have been the artist’s primary material while architectural construction is a primary reference. Erdim is interested in learning from the Bernheim staff about the rituals of care and maintenance that take place within Bernheim’s arboretum and research forest. During his residency the artist will create a series of drawings, sculptures and performances that utilize the research forest as his primary spacial orientation. He is also interested in the constructed space of the forest as a mirror to the constructed space of the city.

Firat Erdim received his MA in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2007 and his BA in Architecture in 2001 from The Cooper Union. He has shown his work in numerous galleries and museums through out Turkey and in Chicago, San Francisco and Charlottesville in the United States. He is currently teaching Fine Arts and Design at the Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey.