BMAC Climate Change Artist Residency

Introduction

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 positive change. 

The 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 is using 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.

About the Residency

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. Our aim is to meet the recipient(s) where they are and to provide meaningful support for their work in whatever ways we can. That may or may not include providing accommodations in Vermont or elsewhere, developing exhibitions or other public-facing activities, or fostering connections with other artists, curators, scientists, educators, and activists tackling climate change.

Application & Selection Process

The deadline to apply is September 15, 2022. 

You will be asked to provide contact information, a brief artist statement, a description of how you will use the residency, and up to five images of work or links to video/audio files.

We may invite selected applicants to provide additional information or to be interviewed. 

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 of the applicant’s needs and what BMAC can offer in terms of support.

Winner(s) will be announced on November 1, 2022.

The 2023 residency will take place from January 1 to December 31, 2023.

Apply for the 2023 BMAC Climate Change Artist Residency.

Questions? Please contact Director of Exhibitions Sarah Freeman at sarah@brattleboromuseum.org.