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BMAC seeks applications for Climate Change Artist Residency

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) is accepting applications for its 2023 Climate Change Artist Residency. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2022, at brattleboromuseum.org.

“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. “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 November 1, 2022. The residency will take place from January 1 to December 31, 2023. To be considered for the residency, visit brattleboromuseum.org and submit an application by September 15, 2022. Contact Director of Exhibitions Sarah Freeman at [email protected] with any questions.

During Brattleboro’s Gallery Walk on July 1, BMAC’s inaugural Climate Change Artists in Residence – Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett, and Andrea Wasserman – will present 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.

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. BMAC is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10-4. Admission is on a “pay-as-you-wish” basis. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.

BMAC is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.