1 to 3 months
Paid by host:
  • A stipend of $2,500.00 USD
  • Living quarters
Paid by artist:

Art materials, travel and other expenses are not included.

Application guidelines:

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Bernheim Artist in Residence Program

Bernheim Artist in Residence Program


Bernheim, 15,625-acre property located 25 miles south of Louisville, is open throughout the year to the public. Bernheim also includes a nationally recognized 600 acre Olmsted designed arboretum with over 8,000 specimens of plants. The combined property is equal to the size of Manhattan and is the largest area of private, protected land east of the Mississippi River. Bernheim protects diverse plant and animal species and offers over 40 miles of hiking trails and other amenities and abundant recreational and nature-related opportunities.

The Artist in Residence Program is available to all visual artists in any medium. All visual artists (sculptors, installation artists, painters, photographers, environmental artists, sound, video, textile, performance and multidisciplinary artists) are encouraged to 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 upon work of art left to the Bernheim Foundation. There is also some form of public engagement required such as a lecture, workshop, or demonstration.

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. They 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 to up to four artists a year who are selected to create works within the forest and/or arboretum that are inspired by and potentially installed in the natural world. The residency provides the artist an opportunity to advance their skills and career while enhancing awareness of Bernheim’s goals and mission regionally, nationally and internationally.


The artist will need to create a site-specific sculpture or project or exhibition, with at least one mutually agreed to work of art left to the Bernheim Foundation.

Studio Information

Lakeside studio that is heated, has electricity, concrete floors, a utility sink, and a large, well-lit wall.

Accommodation Information

Bernheim will provide 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. Other lodging options are potentially available if several artists work as a team.

Technical Information

The selected artist will be given access to Bernheim’s grounds and some limited support by operations and horticulture staff, if required.

Contact information

P.O. Box 130
Clermont, KY 40110
United States

jzeller [at]