BMAC seeks applications for 2023 Climate Change Artist Residency

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) is accepting applications for its 2023 Climate Change Artist Residency.

“In response to the ongoing climate crisis, BMAC has created an artist residency program to support artists seeking time and resources to engage with the profound questions and challenges presented by climate change,” BMAC Director of Exhibitions Sarah Freeman said in a news release. “Through their work, artists can foster personal and emotional connection to the complex and often abstract issue of climate change, encourage empathy and collaboration, imagine new futures and, in so doing, help bring about positive change.”

BMAC awards one Climate Change Artist Residency per year to an individual or group. The residency comes with a $6,000 stipend.

The nature of the residency is flexible and will be designed based on the artist-in-residence's needs and the resources BMAC is able to provide. It may or may not include accommodations in Vermont, exhibitions or other public-facing activities, and opportunities to connect with other artists, curators, scientists, educators, and activists tackling climate change.

Applications will be evaluated by BMAC staff on the basis of artistic merit of prior work, relevancy and merit of the proposed residency activities, and compatibility between the applicant's needs and what BMAC can offer in terms of support. Winner(s) will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The residency will take place from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2023.

During Brattleboro's Gallery Walk on July 1, BMAC's inaugural Climate Change Artists in Residence - Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett, and Andrea Wasserman - presented a pop-up installation at the museum of some of the work resulting from their residency, including tree rubbings, suspended silk panels, cyanotypes, and projections.

The trio of artists, known in the Brattleboro area for their “Ask the River” creative placemaking initiative, has used the BMAC residency to deepen their individual practices and their relationships with the environment through writing, research, activism, and art making.

To be considered for the residency, visit and submit an application by Sept. 15, 2022. Contact Freeman at [email protected] with any questions.

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