Bell Museum seeking resident artists to interpret science

October 6, 2016
Photo of a Bell Museum of Natural History exhibit

Now in it’s seventh year, the RARP program offers artists the unique opportunity to engage with university researchers and scientific collections while exploring the application of art as a medium for interpreting science for the public.

The Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota is continuing to expand its Resident Artist Research Project (RARP) program. The Museum is seeking to fill four artist residencies and two showcase artist positions. Now in it’s seventh year, the RARP program offers artists the unique opportunity to engage with university researchers and scientific collections while exploring the application of art as a medium for interpreting science for the public.

“The Bell Museum has a rich history of exploring the intersections between art, nature and science along with a wealth of scientific resources,” said Leah Peterson, adult programs coordinator. “We see the Resident Artist Research Project as a way to connect the public with those resources by inviting the artist to be a leader in this process.”

Residencies are open to dynamic candidates of any artistic discipline including writers, poets, storytellers, dancers, designers, map-makers, musicians, painters, sketchers, video and film artists, as well as artist collectives. Artists will work collaboratively with the Bell Museum public programming team, as well as the museum's curatorial, academic and research staff—and possibly each other.

Additionally, the 2017-2018 RARP artists will help create a unique outreach experience for the public during the Bell Museum’s upcoming December 31, 2016 closure and reinvention as the Bell Museum + Planetarium on the university’s St. Paul campus in 2018.

The program is open to artists that live and work in Minnesota. Applications for residencies will be accepted through November 20, 2016. Selected artists will have a chance to fill one of four seasonal residencies, and two showcase artist positions. Interested applicants can get detailed information about the program and application process online at: www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/programs-events/rarp

The Resident Artist Research Project at the Bell Museum of Natural History is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation.

About the Bell Museum
The Bell Museum is Minnesota’s state natural history museum, founded in 1872. The museum is part of the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and is set to open a new museum and planetarium in 2018. Our mission is to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world. 

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