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The Artist–in–Residence Program

Artist Myung Gyun You's 2014 sculpture, Photosynthesis. It is located adjacent to the Visitor Center.

Artist Myung Gyun You’s 2014 sculpture, Photosynthesis. Constructed of lath, wire and lumber, it’s dimensions are 15′ x 15′ x 15′ and is located adjacent to Bernheim’s Visitor Center.

The application period for the 2017-2018 Artist in Residence Program residency program is now closed. Application deadline was midnight, January 15, 2017. The application process will reopen October, 2017.

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. 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 three weeks and up to two 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.

Recent artists include: The Common People from the Lake District, England, Eileen Neff, from Philadelphia, Jim Fike, from Phoenix, AZ,  Chiel Kuijl, from the Netherlands, Rachel James, Brooklyn,  Don Pollack, Chicago, IL,  Jaime Bull, Athens Ohio, Cathleen Faubert, Norman, Oklahoma, Mei-ling Hom, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sévyrna Lupien, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Firat Erdim, Izmir, and Myung Gyun You, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.