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Call for artists! Bell Museum accepting Resident Artist Research Project applications through December 21, 2012

November 26, 2012

The Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota is launching a Resident Artist Research Project (RARP). The Museum is seeking to fill two artist residencies. RARP will offer both artists the unique opportunity to engage with university researchers and scientific collections while exploring the application of art as a medium for interpreting science in the public realm.

“The Bell Museum has a rich history of exploring the intersections between art, nature and science along with a wealth of scientific resources, says 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.

Applications for the two residencies will be accepted through December 21. Selected artists will begin their work at the start of the year, with a culmination of efforts slated for April 2013.

Interested applicants can get detailed information about the program and application process online at:

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

The Bell Museum is part of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and strives to advance the quest to discover, document and understand life in its many forms and to inspire curiosity, delight and informed stewardship of the natural world. For details, visit

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