Macrophotography depicting plant formations and structures.

Call for Artists

2019-2020 Resident Artist Research Project


The Bell Museum is seeking four resident artists for the next round of its Resident Artist Research Project. This program invites dynamic candidates from all disciplines to investigate artistic practice as a lens for science discovery, and offers a unique opportunity to engage with Bell curators and staff, University of Minnesota researchers, scientific collections, as well as the greater community.

“The Bell has a rich history of exploring the intersections between art, nature, and science along with the wealth of scientific resources at the University of Minnesota,” said Leah Peterson, adult programs coordinator. “We’re now in our ninth year of the program and continue to value these residencies as a way to connect the public with those incredible resources by inviting artists to be leaders in this process.”

Seeking Big Ideas

Made possible in part with generous funding from The McKnight Foundation, the Resident Artist Research Program is also a way for Minnesota’s official natural history museum to celebrate local artists. Interested artists living and working in Minnesota will be asked to consider their work in the context of the following “Big Ideas:”

Frontiers of Discovery
Exploring the leading edge of science and the quest to see, experience, and understand the unknown. We’re thinking about diverse concepts — from the future of human space travel (what’s our next “moon shot”?) to understanding the neuroscience of decision-making through the lens of natural history.

Collecting & Curating
Working broadly with concepts of gathering, preserving, administering, and exhibiting “specimens.”

Ways of Knowing
Engaging the public in connecting current scientific research and discovery to diverse cultural knowledge and differing ways of thinking about the world.

Immersive Experience
Using immersive technologies to create opportunities that allow one to wholly experience and explore environments that may be familiar or unknown, be it the outer reaches of the cosmos, an agricultural field, or the intricate connections within the brain.

Residencies are open to individual and collaborative artists of all disciplines, including (but not limited to) writers, poets, storytellers, dancers, designers, map makers, musicians, video and film artists, as well as artist collectives. Excellent candidates may be makers of 2D or 3D objects and/or have experience in performance, events, installations, new (immersive) media, social practice, or audience-activated artwork.

Update: The application deadline is January 20, 2019. Interviews with semi-finalists will take place February 18 through March 1, 2019, with resident artist selection by the end of March.

Get detailed information and apply online.

Photo: Closeup of “The Friars Lanterns” by former Bell Museum resident artist, Sreekishen Nair.