Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute in New York City. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about decorative arts, design history, and material culture.

RESIDENCY SESSION: September, 2021-June 2022

Overview

The Bard Graduate Center’s Library Artist in Residence (AIR) program invites artists whose practice is grounded in research to use our library collection as an incubator for new work that will interact with our collection in new and non-traditional ways. Artists are invited to conduct research in subject areas relating to their work or to address the library itself as an organized collection of print material, utilizing the library’s reference staff as thought partners in this process. Library AIRs will have the opportunity to present their work. This could take the form of a pop-up exhibition, a library intervention, a publishing project, a reading, a public workshop, or an artist talk. Bard Graduate Center will award selected artists a $1000 stipend and a $500 materials budget.

Resources

BGC’s Library Artist in Residence program gives two residents access to our institutional library, a technology lab, and an audio recording booth, along with the support of our librarians for research assistance and a dedicated shelf for their library materials. Library AiRs are encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the institution by attending lectures and other events. Residents have the opportunity to exhibit their work, participate in public programs, and teach workshops. Artists will receive institutional marketing and communications support.

About Bard Graduate Center Library

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute in New York City. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the material world.

The Bard Graduate Center Library is a non-circulating research collection with the primary mission of supporting the scholarly activities of our community of students, faculty, staff and members of the wider academic and design world. This collection of more than 50,000 volumes covers all aspects of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture.  The subject scope of the library has closely followed the evolution of BGC’s academic curriculum and the unfolding of our wide-ranging exhibition history, resulting in a collection that is uniquely designed to support new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world.

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