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Bard Graduate Center Library Artist in Residence Open-Call

The Bard Graduate Center’s Library Artist in Residence 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 public workshop, or an artist talk. Bard Graduate Center will award selected artists a $1000 stipend and a $500 materials budget.

Bard Graduate Center Artist in Residence (AiR) Programs are designed to bring artists into conversation with Bard Graduate Center’s gallery exhibitions and extensive library collection.

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.

This residency opportunity is open to national and international artists 21+ years of age showing a strong professional working history. Small collaborative groups are welcome to apply. Bard Graduate Center is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. For special needs or questions about accessibility, please contact the Director of Public Engagement

Opportunities and Expectations

  • Participating artists must commit to using the library on a regular basis (at least once per week) for the duration of the residency.
  • Artists are invited to participate in at least one opportunity for public presentation. The form of this presentation may be determined by the artist.

About Bard Graduate Center
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.

Guidelines Here.
Apply Here.

For more information, contact Emily Reilly, Director of Public Engagement & Associate Gallery Director at