Jenny Zeller awarded the 2023 Kittleman Scholarship for Aspiring Public Garden Leaders

By Hannah Coleman-Zaitzeff

Garden Scholar awardees captured at the 2023 American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference, in Fort Worth, TX.


Bernheim is proud to share that Arts in Nature Curator, Jenny Zeller, was chosen as the recipient of the 2023 Kittleman Scholarship for Aspiring Public Garden Leaders through the American Public Gardens Association.

Awarded to one professional annually, this prestigious scholarship honors up-and-coming leaders in the field and covers the costs for winners to attend the American Public Garden Association Conference, held this year in Fort Worth, TX.

Jenny represented Bernheim as a first-time attendee of the conference and as a panel speaker for the session Rooted in Relevance: Serving Diverse Communities by Artfully Activating Collections, along with cross-disciplinary creative catalyst, Director of Art in Public Places in Palm Beach County, and Chair of APGA’s Design & Planning Community, Elayna Toby Singer, and Lisa M.W. Eldred, Director of Exhibitions, Art & Learning Engagement and Head Curator of Art at Denver Botanical Gardens.

Jenny highlighting FEMMEnomenal Bluegrass Botanicals by 2020 Artist in Residence, Gabriella Boros during her APGA session.

In this session, Jenny shared examples from Bernheim’s Arts in Nature program for collaborating with artists to cultivate artful experiences beyond the blockbuster model in connecting diverse communities with garden collections and the natural world through art offerings. Key issues and concepts addressed ways to integrate the arts and artists into programming to address environmental and social issues and co-creating with partners as tied to garden collections, organizational initiatives, and site-specific opportunities in public garden spaces.

Jenny has been leading Bernheim’s Arts in Nature department for the past six years and is responsible for overseeing the massively successful Forest Giants in a Giant Forest exhibition, the continued success and expansion of the 43-year-established Artist in Residence program, and recently announced the launch of Bernheim’s next big arts experience entitled L+A+N+D: an experience of discovery .

This scholarship is made possible by Kittleman & Associates, LLC, the nation’s first executive search firm dedicated exclusively to recruiting leaders for non profit organizations.



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