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16 Nov 2023

Residency Arts in Nature Funded Residency Program

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest Clermont, Kentucky, United States

Bernheim Arboretum

Opportunity Description

International  Deadline: November 27, 2023 – The call for Bernheim’s 2024 Arts in Nature Residency Program is now open! Let over 16,000+ acres of Kentucky conversation land be your muse. Live at Bernheim and connect people to nature through your artwork and total immersion experience with the natural world. New this year is a call for an Environmental Artist in Residence an addition to the nature-based Artist in Residence Program.

Up to 4 artists are selected for residencies at Bernheim on an annual basis, each with a stipend of $2500. One residency is always dedicated to a regional artist currently living in Kentucky or in Clark and Floyd counties of Southern Indiana. One residency is dedicated to an artist whose work addresses environmental issues and climate change.

Duration is anywhere between 6 – 8 weeks.


  • Applicants may be emerging or established artists on a regional, national or international level.
  • Applicants must be professional visual artists. Students in undergrad studies may not apply.
  • We encourage visual artists of all mediums, with the broadest range of diverse perspectives and experiences, to submit work for consideration.


  • $2500 stipend. Regional artists also have year-round access to Bernheim resources within the year selected.
  • Furnished, one-bedroom rustic cabin with full kitchen, bath and Wi-Fi.
  • Modest studio space with good light and heat, located on the edge of a 35-acre lake. The is no special art making equipment, but artists have limited access to basic hand and power tools upon request and must prove they can operate them safely before using.
  • The horticulture and operations departments, as well as staff ecologists, scientists, naturalists and forest managers are able to provide guidance and support of Artist in Residence projects. Staff may assist but not responsible for creating or installing the work.
  • Free or heavily discounted classes, workshops, night walks, etc., while in residence.
  • High profile public and private events promote awareness of artists and arts program.

There are no residency or application fees, but the artist is responsible for all travel and other living expenses at Bernheim. Also consider indirect costs: time away from your job and paying bills at home while in residence.

Applicants will be notified of their application status in mid February 2024.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a private, non-profit educational and recreational nature preserve located 25 miles south of Louisville in Clermont, KY. The organization’s mission is connecting people with nature* *and accomplished through the lenses of education, horticulture, land conservation, play and arts in nature. Open throughout the year, more than 400,000 visitors connect with nature annually, by enjoying over 40 miles of hiking trails, a Canopy Tree Walk, a natural children’s play garden, educational programs, special events, an edible garden and art in the landscape.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
2075 Clermont Rd,
Clermont, KY 40110
Phone: (502) 955-8512

Opportunity Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opportunity Types: Residency. Opportunity Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 11 Nov thru Dec, and Open to Artists Worldwide. Benefits: *No Participation Fee, Education, Exhibition - Group, Housing Support, In-Kind Benefit, Materials Support, Residency, Stipend, and Studio Access.

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