Bernheim Forest, just south of Louisville in Clermont, Ky., is accepting applications for its Artist in Residence program through January 31.
Artists apply to a jury of professional arts peers to live in residence and create nature-related art, “experimenting through discovery and research in the forest,” according to a news release.
Emerging or established artists in any medium on a regional, national or international level may apply, according to the release.
Bernheim provides a stipend, living quarters and studio space for the recipient in exchange for an exhibition, public program(s) and the donation of at least one work of art to Bernheim.
Last year, Bernheim selected two Artists in Residence:
- Heike Endemann, a sculptress from Germany, was at Bernheim through November 9. Endemann works with wood from fallen trees from the forest and some of her sculpture is currently on view in the Education Center, according to the Bernheim website. The body of work she produced included hollowed out spheres, double helixes climbing up ended logs and abstracted cubes and slabs filled with manipulated paper.
- Louisville artist Todd Smith will be at Bernheim October 3 through January. Smith will give a free public talk about his work on Saturday, January 21 (2:00 p.m. in the Education Center, no registration is required).
About the Artist in Residence Program:
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s Artist in Residence Program is a vibrant part of its mission of connecting people with nature. This program, begun in 1980 through the generosity of Henry Heuser and continuing today with support from the I.W. and Jon Burnham Art Project, has resulted in a unique collection of art inspired by nature.
L ocal, regional and international artists have benefitted from the Bernheim residency, which allows the recipient to spend a long retreat in nature in Bernheim housing on the property. The artist plans, works, and spends time with staff learning about Bernheim and the wonder of the world around us. She or he interacts with the local community, either with a public program or working with students on a project.
Bernheim’s Artist in Residence Program is highly regarded around the world, and has brought artists from Scotland, Germany, Japan and Canada into the community. Local recipients include sculptor Paul Fields and painter Madison Cawein.
The application process:
All visual artists (sculptors, installation artists, environmental artists, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Sound and performance artists may be considered – please contact Bernheim. All applications must include: resume, 10 labeled slides or on CD, DVD or video with corresponding item list, project proposal, artist statement, self addressed stamped envelope with proper postage for return of materials if desired (otherwise materials will be recycled).
If sending slides, each slide must be labeled with the artist’s name, title, medium, size, date, and a red dot to indicate the lower left-hand corner of the work. The artist’s name should not appear in the image. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the rejection of the application.
No original works, or email submissions with attached works will be accepted. We will not be responsible for safety of your digital files during shipping, and due to the large volume of submissions, will not be able to return your digital submissions. If you would like your slides returned, please include a self-addressed envelope with proper postage for return.Submit all materials by certified mail, Federal Express, or UPS Next Day Air, all of which will provide a return receipt.
For further information about the Artist in Residence program please contact Martha Winans Slaughter atmslaughter(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)bernheim.org