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Bernheim launches an Environmental Artist in Residence program

By Jenny Zeller

Bernheim’s Environmental Artist in Residence program is a unique opportunity for artists to not only be agents of change, but also to be the voice for nature!

Environmental Artist in Residence Application

Bernheim is excited to announce that the Artist in Residence program is expanding to include an annual call for an Environmental Artist in Residence. This program encourages visual artists to examine environmental issues and severity of the climate crisis to promote dialogue and positive change for the natural environment and world at large. Artists are invited to address environmental themes including (but not limited to) excess heat, drought, flooding, extreme weather events, food insecurity, displacement, environmental justice and the loss of biodiversity.

Climate change is a complicated issue, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the science. Art can cut through this complex data, making it vivid and accessible in helping people better understand the science behind climate change and global warming. The goal of the Environmental Artist in Residence is to establish deep connections to the natural world, raise awareness around the problems facing our environment and to get more people talking about climate change, which is critical to inspiring action.

Bernheim deeply believes in the crucial role that the arts can play in shaping environmental change and the future health of our planet. Art can provide hope and inspiration to the challenges of a warming planet by discovering opportunities for overcoming them.

The call for Bernheim’s Environmental Artist in Residence is now open and in conjunction with our 40+ year established Artist in Residence program. In exchange for comfortable rustic housing, access to studio space, financial and staff support for the development of new work, artists will gift an artwork, temporary installation or project addressing climate change as a donation to the Bernheim Foundation. Recipients are also asked to engage the public with their work and/or process while in residence. Residency periods are between 6 weeks and 2 months and each comes with a $2500 stipend. Deadlines for both residency programs are November 28 at 12:00 AM EST. Any questions can be addressed to Arts in Nature Assistant, Hannah Coleman-Zaitzeff, via email.

Environmental Artist in Residence Application

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