For over four decades, the Artist in Residence program has attracted artists from around the world who seek to use Bernheim as their inspiration. Established in 1980, Bernheim’s Artist in Residence Program annually awards artists the opportunity to live and create site specific work inspired by their total immersion experience in the natural environment. This internationally renowned program has hosted a multitude of sculptors, photographers, painters, printmakers, installation artists, videographers, and sound artists, as well as contemporary explorations of nature through science, sense and digital mediums.
In exchange for comfortable rustic housing, access to studio space, financial and staff support for the development of new work, artists will 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, which may include (but is not limited to) demonstrations, workshops, lectures, and/or participation in one of Bernheim’s programs or annual events.
Artists are encouraged to explore ideas that reinforce Bernheim’s mission of “connecting people with nature” and to use their residency to take risks, investigate, experiment, and explore new avenues in their own work. High profile public and private events attract art enthusiasts and media attention, providing 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.
Bernheim believes 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. Art engages people in ways different from science and education and sets us apart from organizations similar to us.
Any questions can be addressed with Arts in Nature Curator Jenny Zeller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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