BMAC 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. We believe that artists have a unique and vital role to play in responding to the climate crisis. Through their work, artists can foster personal and emotional connection to the issue, encourage empathy and collaboration, imagine new futures, and in so doing help effect meaningful change. 

Each year the Museum will award one BMAC Climate Change Artist Residency to an individual artist or artist collective. The shape of the residency is flexible. Our aim is to meet the recipient(s) where they are and to provide meaningful support for their work in whatever way we can. That may include providing actual residency accommodations in Vermont; creating opportunities to engage with the public here in Vermont or elsewhere; presenting exhibitions or other public-facing activities; making connections to other artists, curators, scientists, educators, and activists tackling climate change; and more. The residency comes with a $6,000 stipend plus possible additional monetary support for related production expenses.

The inaugural (2022) BMAC Climate Change Artists in Residence are Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett, and Andrea Wasserman. Through their creative placemaking collaborative, Ask the River, Billings, Lovett, and Wasserman have worked together in the Brattleboro area since 2016, reconnecting our community with its natural surroundings through art. Each of the three artists intends to use the BMAC Climate Change Artist Residency to deepen their individual practices and their relationships with the environment through writing, research, activism, and art making.

Learn more about their work on our blog, Art Loves Company.

Information on how to apply for the BMAC Climate Change Artist Residency will be posted here on June 15, 2022. The deadline to apply will be September 15, 2022. The selected artist(s) will be announced on November 1, 2022, and the residency will run from January 1 to December 31, 2023.