Founded in 1992, the Gardner Museum's Artist-in-Residence Program continues the legacy of inspired support demonstrated by Isabella Stewart Gardner.
In 1992, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum reached out to the artist community in the search for renovation. Rarely are artists given an active role in the reshaping and rethinking of an institution; here, though, through the Artist-in-Residence program, a celebrated museum has undertaken to support the imagination through creativity and learning and in so doing has strengthened the founder's legacy. Access to the collection with the support of highly dedicated and expert staff is the catalyst of this innovative approach. Where else in the West can artists have such easy and so complete access to so many astounding works of art, while residing and studying comfortably on the premises? The artists' need for contemplation and work is nurtured and supported. Furthermore, the work these artists undertake through the museum's school partnership program helps to connect younger people with art.
Learn about 2002 Artist-in-Residence Nari Ward's work on the current façade installation Divination X.
This program was founded by Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Gardner Museum. Curators of the program since its inception have been Jill Medvedow, 1992-1997; Jennifer Gross, 1997-2000; Pieranna Cavalchini, 2001-present.
Filmmaking for the film Luisa Rabbia: Waterfall, above, by SheridanWorks.
Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art
Residency and Contemporary Program Manager
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