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 our 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.

The objective of the BGC Library AIR program is to invite visual or performance artists whose work 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 partners in this process. The resulting collaboration will create a unique opportunity for artists, highlight unique aspects of our research library, and expand Bard Graduate Center’s relevance to a new audience.

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

Guidelines Here.
Apply Here.

For more information, contact Emily Reilly, Director of Public Engagement & Associate Gallery Director at emily.reilly@bgc.bard.edu

2018
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Karen Mainenti
Spencer Merolla
2019
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JoAnne McFarland
Rachel Selekman