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Bernheim seeks 2018-19 artists in residence 


Clermont – Bernheim has officially opened the application period for the 2018/2019 Artist in Residence Program, accepting entries now through January 14. Up to four artists will be selected to live at the arboretum anywhere from six weeks to three months, where they will create nature-related public art. Artists are encouraged to explore ideas that reinforce Bernheim’s mission of connecting people with nature and to use their residency to explore new avenues in their own work. 

“For more than three decades, artists from all over the world have left a lasting mark on Bernheim with amazing creations that inspire creativity and deepen our visitors’ connection with nature,” said Mark Wourms, Ph.D, Bernheim’s executive director.

New to this year’s call for applications, one residency will be awarded to a regional artist living in Kentucky or Southern Indiana, while the other artists may be from anywhere across the globe

Bernheim Visual Arts Coordinator Jenny Zeller manages the program. Zeller, herself a 2016 Bernheim Artist in Residence, called the experience deeply enriching. “It is an amazing environment for artists to live in this pristine forest and create,” said Zeller. 

Bernheim provides living quarters, a stipend up to $2,500 ($1,000 for regional artists) and studio space in exchange for a site-specific sculpture, project or exhibition, with at least one mutually agreed upon work of art left to the Bernheim Foundation. Artists also participate in community outreach through a lecture, workshop, demonstration or some other specially developed program. 

According to Wourms, the program supports founder I. W. Bernheim’s wishes to create a place for the people of Kentucky “to further their love of the beautiful in nature and in art.”

The Artist in Residence Program is available to visual artists of all mediums, including sculptors, installation artists, painters, photographers, environmental artists, sound, video and performance artists. Applicants may be emerging or established artists on a regional, national or international level.  

To apply or learn more about the Artist in Residency program visit


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