Artists from various fields – visual art, installation, multimedia, performance, literature, music, photography, film making, and curating – are invited to submit entries for the BigCi Environmental Awards 2020. Your submission must show how you will respond to the environmental issues of the day using your chosen medium. Relevance to the edge of the Wollemi National Park in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains is essential. The Greater Blue Mountains is an area of stunning scenic beauty, with its own unique flora, fauna, and geomorphology. BigCi is located 1.5 hours drive from Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, yet it is in a dramatically different world.
Deadline: 29 Feb 2020
There is an entry fee of AUD$30 that must be paid at the time of sending the submission. Entry fees are not refundable. They will be used to support these Awards and other BigCi artist-in-residence programs.
BigCi is looking for inspirational projects that will be executed within the residency time frame. Choose to deal with relevant environmental or natural science issues, explore ideas and concepts related to nature, or use this opportunity to creatively respond to the unique wilderness and the current challenges it faces.
The focus of the award is on the environment. This is open to a wide range of interpretations, allowing you to work on aspects that are of most interest to you and fit best with your artistic practice.
BigCi Environmental Awards 2020 Benefits
- The two winning artists will each receive (4) free weeks of BigCi residency and AUD$2,500 spending money
- Up to AUD$2,000 flight travel subsidy will be shared between the two winners
- The winners of the award will have an opportunity to explore the Wollemi, Blue Mountains, and Gardens of Stone National Parks on guided walks
- Winners will be given research assistance relevant to their projects
- Present work at BigCi Open Day
BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit artist residency program focusing on artists’ professional development and facilitating their projects. It was established and is run by Rae Bolotin, a practicing artist, and Yuri Bolotin, environmentalist and wilderness explorer.
Because of the location and knowledge base of the team, many of the resident artists are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues. Many others use the beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of different artistic pursuits.
All residents have opportunities to take part in bushwalks conducted by Yuri Bolotin, an experienced mountain guide and author. Learn first hand about the unique natural environment of the area.
Artists-in-residence are able to present their work during a BigCi Open Day that usually takes place at the end of their stay.
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The Science Museum of Minnesota announces a call for artists for the Artist at Pine Needles Residency for Summer 2020, a program sponsored by the St. Croix Watershed Research Station. With the vision to enhance scientific understanding through art, the St. Croix Watershed Research Station invites artists-in-residence to interact with the scientific staff and local community to further explore the intersection between art and science. Since 2001, the Artist at Pine Needles Residency has welcomed over 50 artists and writers to the banks of the St. Croix River in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota.
Deadline: 29 Feb 2020
In addition to accepting applications from established artists, the Pine Needles Residency includes an emerging artist category to encourage and support upcoming artists with this same calling. Emerging artists show some evidence of achievement. To date, they do not have a substantial record of accomplishment and are not yet recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, critics, and arts administrators. Emerging artists will be considered in a separate pool and must be 21 years of age or older.
About St. Croix Watershed Research Station
The St. Croix Watershed Research Station is the environmental research station of the Science Museum of Minnesota. It is a private, non-profit laboratory dedicated to better understanding humanity’s relationship with our most precious resource by studying how land use, climate change, atmospheric deposition, and other factors affect aquatic systems.
The setting for the Artist at Pine Needles Residency is the James Taylor Dunn Pine Needles Cabin, located just north of the village of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, on the bluffs of the St. Croix River. In 2019, the artists selected were: large-scale, 2D and 3D visual artist Katherine Steichen Rosing of Madison, WI; botanical printmaker Linda Snouffer of St. Paul, MN; installation artist and sculptor Peter Krsko of Wonewoc, WI; and emerging artist, lyrical essayist and poet Kate Lucas of Minneapolis, MN.
Applications for 2020 will be accepted from writers and artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics and strive to connect the complex world between art, nature, and the sciences. As part of the program, artists will be encouraged to design an outreach project to share their work with the local community.
Artist at Pine Needles Residency Artist Benefits
The 2020 Artist at Pine Needles Residency offers artists the unique opportunity to interact and learn from freshwater paleolimnological scientists who study how lakes and rivers are changing over time and what can be done to mitigate those changes brought on by land use practices and climate change. This interaction between artists and scientists fosters a deeper understanding of the connections between their artwork, the science currently being done to protect lakes and rivers, and how they interpret that art/science interplay to the public.
Pine Needles Artists get the sole use of a historic, 3-room cabin built before World War I. This rustic, comfortable cabin includes a full bath, bed/sitting room, and kitchen. A generous enclosed porch, overlooking the river, is suitable for writing, sketching, and reflection. It is located on a 20-acre site on the bluffs of the St. Croix River, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic River. The secluded site is heavily wooded, with spring-fed streams, native wildflowers, and local wildlife.
A short walk, bike ride, or drive will bring artists to the quaint village of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. A coffee shop, community-run library, family-owned restaurant, art gallery, gift shop, and seasonal ice cream shop provides entertainment and home-town feel to visiting artists.
About the Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota exists to turn on the science. Inspire learning. Inform policy. Improve lives. They envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. The museum values collaboration, equity, and learning.
The Science Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1907. The museum’s current location on the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul offers 370,000 square feet of space. It includes a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit gallery, five permanent galleries, acres of outdoor space, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater. They impact over a million people from around the world every year through trips to the museum, school visits, our traveling exhibitions, and Omnitheater films.
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The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology announce a call for artists for the Sitka Center Residency Program. The program has provided more than 250 artists, writers, musicians and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work in the unique environment of Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary. Residents are on campus October through mid-May for the general residency program. The Sitka Center hosts approximately 14-25 residents each year. Some residents are emerging voices while others are mature professionals who are internationally recognized in their disciplines.
Deadline: 30 Apr 2020
There is a small application fee of $25 which helps support the residency program.
Residents come from across the U.S. and, to date, seventeen nations. Up to five residents at a time, usually from different disciplines and stages in their careers, live and work on campus. Residencies are anywhere from 2 weeks up to 3 1/2 months free of charge. A residency is about taking precious time out of the regular routine of life and expanding into the space of creativity. It is a gift of space and time.
Sitka Center Residency Program Artist Benefits
The residences include living room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen areas set-up with basic cooking supplies. Residents are encouraged to bring items to make the living space accommodate their personal needs, e.g., a favorite cooking skillet or pillow. Laundry facilities are available on campus. Each resident has their own private residence within walking distance of each other. Most residents are given a private studio.
No stipend is provided. Residents are responsible for providing their own food, art supplies, and transportation while in residence. The living space and studio space is offered free-of-charge. The resident is responsible for all travel and living expenses, e.g., food, art supplies and consumables.
The Sitka Center works actively to pursue Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the highest level of our organization’s strategic plan, and throughout each of three key areas of mission work: residencies, workshops and events. Here are ten current examples:
- Residency access: Expanding to offer residencies of different durations ranging from a few weeks to three and a half months in order to serve people who cannot afford to be away long-term from their families or their jobs
- Workshop access: Offering scholarships on an as-needed basis for our workshops
- Event access: Almost all of Sitka’s outreach events are free and open to the public
- Diversity: Showcasing diverse voices as part of our Mingle & Muse speaker series
- Leadership-level inclusion: Inviting diverse art and ecology experts to help jury residency and annual art invitational selection processes and raise awareness for the opportunities Sitka offers across a diversity of networks
- Social equity: Collaborating with Oregon coast Tribal leaders to reduce barriers to Native American artists and ecologists teaching at and applying for residencies at Sitka
- Affirmation: Using a newsletter, social media channels, print materials, and other communication channels to profile and celebrate a diversity of artists and natural scientists
- Justice: Retroactively removing culturally appropriating Native American imagery from our 49 year old Pacific Northwest campus, and talking out loud about it
- Mental health and wellness: Celebrating reflection and introspection as natural parts of the creative process, and not requiring residents to submit plans or present results; Sitka residencies are no-strings-attached
- Safety: Providing personal safety training as part of the Residency Program orientation process; maintaining positive and proactive relationships with all local emergency response teams who serve our remote setting
About The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
Founded in 1970, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology fosters creativity, intellectual inquiry, and education. By helping others discover more about their core creative selves and their connections to nature, the Sitka Center works to fulfill its mission of expanding the relationships between art, nature, and humanity. “Place” is what makes the Sitka residency experience extraordinary. They are nestled in a Sitka spruce tree grove located in the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. Along with the pristine, lush, green environment comes a sense of tranquility and peace. The Sitka Center encourages residents to experience the area by hiking, walking, following elk trails, canoeing, and kayaking.
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Residency 108 announces a call for artists for the Residency 108 Spring 2020 Session, which will take place April 19th – May 17th, 2020. Two four week-long residencies are offered each year, one during the month of October and one in May. Residency 108 invites emerging and established artists, writers and thinkers of all disciplines to immerse themselves in their creative practice. They welcome those who work with nature, ecology, and the installation of temporary outdoor land-art works. The residency is free apart from the cost of travel and material expenses which must be assumed by the individual.
Deadline: 11 Jan 2020
The application is blind; therefore, Residency 108 welcomes any and all artists of diverse backgrounds. Applicants will be notified by or before February 1st.
Artists of any age from any country may apply. Residency 108 accepts solo artists and collaborating teams of up to three people. They are interested in applicants whose practice involves a defined engagement with landscape and ecology, or projects that employ historical or first-hand research of the 108 site. Please have your statement reflect this intention.
Residency 108 Spring 2020 Session Artist Benefits
The program accommodates three artists at a time. Each resident is provided with a room, working facilities, and a weekly stipend for food. Participants are responsible for cooking their own meals. The residency is located in a remote area. There is no public transportation in the area. Residency 108 does not have a vehicle available for resident use apart from a bike. However, they provide weekly trips to shop for supplies and food. Each resident will be asked to present their work during the residency. Weekly critiques are held as a group and sometimes with a visiting critic.
About Residency 108
Residency 108 is a rural residency program with a focus on landscape and ecology. They program is unique in that it invites artists to engage with a specific site, 108 acres of pastoral land which was used as a horse farm in the last century. The property features rolling hills, mowed paths, meadows, densely wooded forests, wetlands with a few ponds of varying size, and a seasonal stream. In addition to these ecosystems, a variety of native plant species host habitats for birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The program is ideal for artists who wish to engage with the landscape and prefer isolation to interaction. If you require constant contact with civilization this may not be the program for you.
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This year is the 10th anniversary of BigCi (Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives) artist-in-residence program.
So, to celebrate this in true BigCi style, they are giving away two awards: 1) BigCi10 New Residents Award (four weeks of BigCi residency) is open to any artist who has not done a BigCi residency before. This is a competitive entry based on criteria outlined in the submission form, and 2) BigCi10 Past Residents Award (four weeks of BigCi residency) is only open to the past residents of BigCi. You do not need to fill in any forms. Simply send an email before 18 August 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest. Your name will go in the draw for this award.
Deadline: 18 Aug 2019
There are no entry fees for these awards.
The winner will receive four weeks of free residency at BigCi. The awards are being promoted through the BigCi mailing list and and on the social media – Facebook and Instagram. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony during our Open Day on 8 September 2019.
About Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives
BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit artist residency program focusing on artists’ professional development and facilitating their projects. BigCi has been established and run by Rae Bolotin, a practicing artist, and Yuri Bolotin, environmentalist and wilderness explorer.
Because of the location on the edge of Wollemi National Park within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains and the knowledge base of the team, resident artists are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues, although others use the beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of different artistic pursuits.
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Tyler Arboretum, in Media, PA, announces a call for artists for the 2019 Gateways to Nature Exhibit. Create a structure or work for Gateways to Nature that showcases your talent and vision. Ignite the imaginations of a broad regional audience by creating portals, gateways, and thresholds that invite discovery of the natural world on extensive grounds. Gateways to Nature will run from April through October, 2019, at Tyler Arboretum.
Deadline: 2 Nov 2018
Submissions may include existing works appropriate to the theme or new works. All works including those offered for sale must remain at Tyler for the duration of the exhibit. Collaboration between artists, designers and builders is encouraged. All winning exhibitors will be notified by November 20, 2018.
Submissions should include:
- A rendering of the design concept
- A maximum one-page description of the exhibit concept
- Maximum of three perspective sketches and/or a model measuring no more than 24” x 18” (model is optional)
- Completed application form with requested information including title of the exhibit
- A non-refundable application fee of $40 per design, payable via check to Tyler Arboretum
Designs will be judged based on the following criteria (not in order of importance):
- Relevance to theme – Gateways to Nature.
- Engagement with visitors – creative, imaginative, inspiring, and fun.
- Accessibility – accessible for children and adults of various ages and abilities; no steps required to access the experience
- Durability and Safety – structurally sound and able to withstand environmental stresses as well as the active engagement of visitors of all ages for the duration of the exhibit
- Executable – able to be installed within the two-week installation time frame by the exhibitor’s team with limited help from Tyler staff and volunteers
- Flexibility – the ability to move the piece to an alternate location if necessary
Gateways to Nature Artist Benefits
Tyler has an affluent, well-educated audience within a region rich in arts and culture. The Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic region has a well-developed community of patrons and collectors, both private and corporate. Tyler Arboretum attracts over 74,000 visitors a year concentrated from April through October. In 2017, Tyler had visitors from 37 states and 8 foreign countries, with 65% coming from the mid-Atlantic region including New York, SE Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.
- Exhibitors may receive reimbursement of up to $2000 to assist in fabrication and installation costs.
- Tyler will provide marketing support for the exhibit, including announcement of winners, press releases about the exhibit, and promotion through radio, web and social media. Gateways to Nature will open with an event to which exhibitors may include their invitation list.
- Tyler will create an exhibit webpage with links to exhibitors’ websites and contact information, as requested.
- Tyler will provide insurance for all works in the exhibit once exhibit materials are delivered on site, for the duration of the exhibit.
- Exhibitors work can be provided for sale, loaned to Tyler Arboretum for the duration of the exhibit, or with mutual agreement, donated to Tyler.
- Any and all sales of exhibitors’ work will be handled directly by the exhibitor, with a 25% commission to Tyler. Pieces purchased during the exhibit will remain at Tyler Arboretum for the duration of the exhibition. The exhibitor is solely responsible for delivery of the exhibit to the owner.
- Tyler has a social networks outreach with over 15,500 email recipients, 9250 Facebook followers, 1717 Twitter, 1376 Instagram followers and 80,000 website users.
About Tyler Arboretum
Tyler Arboretum is an extraordinary arboretum where human hands have created a magnificent garden with a very light touch. Tyler’s undulating landscape, whimsy, sweeps of trees and plants, and enigmatic nooks and crannies everywhere are perfect for children of all ages, adults, plant enthusiasts, artists, wanderers, and seekers of beauty and solitude.
One of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern US, Tyler Arboretum’s 650 acres of gardens, meadows, wetlands and forests and 17 miles of hiking trails provide the opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in nature. The exhibit will be located within the 102 acres of our curated gardens and collections.
Tyler is on the National Register of Historic Sites and has a distinctive character rooted in our past as a working farm, governed by the concept that connecting to nature is essential to understanding our place in the world.
With a mission focused on creating ‘champions of the natural world’, Tyler serves over 120 schools, and reaches a family audience and active adults through environmental education programs. Tyler Arboretum has a loyal and growing membership that actively supports our mission. It has over 400 volunteers who support Tyler’s operations through thousands of hours of hands-on work.
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Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists 18 and over for a new exhibit, A Reverence For Nature. The Gallery is accepting art that expresses reverence, a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe for nature or the environment. The exhibition will be curated by Nadia Martinez.
Deadline: 5 May 2018
Clever uses of medium, with the exception of pedestal sculpture, and interpretations on the subject are welcome. Works less than 48″ wide and less than 84″ high properly wired ready to be hung. The exhibit will run from June 13 through September 28, 2018. Submissions will be accepted until May 5, 2018.
Chosen artists for A Reverence For Nature will have their art exhibited in a gallery that is located in a highly trafficked public space, the Maritime Garage located in historic South Norwalk. The Garage has between 500 and 700 cars going in and out daily, with an average of three passengers. This brings an estimated 1,500 – 2,100 daily impressions to the space. In addition, there will be an opening reception that will be attended by artists, Parking Authority representatives, area politicians, notables, and the public. The Gallery also promotes the opening reception and exhibit in all local media outlets.
About Maritime Garage Gallery
The Maritime Garage Gallery was founded by the Norwalk Parking Authority as part of its Art in Parking Places initiative. This effort to support art in public spaces, includes several permanent public art exhibits in the South Norwalk Railroad Station that highlight the city’s maritime tradition and other historical facts about town. These installations were made possible by a grant provided by the Federal transportation Enhancement Public Art Program. Initiatives are a collaboration of the Norwalk Parking Authority and the Norwalk Arts Commission. The Maritime Garage Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday. The Norwalk parking Authority oversees the management, operation, facilities, and maintenance of over 4,000 on and off-street parking spaces.
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The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove (JJAC) announces a call for artists for the Drawn From Nature annual juried show. Images should feature some aspect or the impact of birds, wildlife, and/or nature in the environment.
Deadline: 11 Mar 2018
Work submitted must have been created within the past three years. No reproductions will be accepted. Each entry must be original in concept and composition and be executed solely by the submitting artist. Artwork that has been exhibited previously at any JJAC exhibition will not be eligible. Artwork shall not exceed 48 inches on its longest dimension including frame. Work containing feathers will not be accepted. All entries must be for sale.
- Entry fee: $25.00 for up to two works.
- Juror of Selection: Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg
- Juror of Awards: Bruce Hoffman
Drawn From Nature Artist Benefits
More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be presented for outstanding examples of the accepted artists’ work. Categories are: oil/acrylic, watercolor, other two-dimensional work on paper, photography, sculpture, and other three-dimensional work. This show is an opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their work. Accepted work will be offered through on-line sale opportunity promoted to a mailing list of 40,000. Sale commissions of 30% go toward supporting JJAC education programs. Invited artists receive two free tickets to opening reception on April 13.
The exhibit will be installed in a beautiful historic barn with modern lighting. The nonprofit Center is a historic landmark preserved by Montgomery County and operated by National Audubon Society. It is located on over 200 acres of fields and woods along the Perkiomen Creek. The grounds include the historic home where Audubon lived, non-releasable owls, and other birds that cannot live in the wild due to injury. During the run of the exhibition, entry fee to the historic house will be waived. Located 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA, minutes from King of Prussia, just off Route 422.
About the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
The John James Audubon Center is part of the National Audubon Society. The Center is located at the first home in America of ornithological artist and naturalist John James Audubon. The shared mission of the John James Audubon Center and the Valley Forge Audubon Society is to inspire people to appreciate, preserve, and protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitat; to promote personal appreciation and stewardship of the local natural environment through education and active participation in its preservation; and to preserve the artistic, scientific, and historic legacy of John James Audubon and celebrate the conservation movement he inspired.
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Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is looking for artists’ responses to the theme of this year’s national juried exhibition: Nature and Neon.
Deadline: 4 Oct 2017
Landscape has been a prominent and historical subject matter explored by artists as they consider their relationship to the outdoors. Conversely, some contemporary artists seek to incorporate the kitsch, pop, and glamour of visual overload into their work. Juxtapositions between the natural and the artificial can be found everywhere and in almost every aspect of our lives. Submitted works for Nature and Neon could be about the commodification of nature, constructed natural environments, or an interpretation of the countryside that takes fantastical or surreal form. Works could be inspired by the traditional pastoral or could be interpretations of pop art and urban motifs. This exhibition asks the artist to consider what is natural, what is unnatural, and how the intersection of both attempts to capture its own disparate beauty.
All work must have been completed within the last two years. Current Arrowmont staff and residents may apply for the exhibition, but are ineligible to receive awards.
The entry fee is $30 for 3 works.
Exhibition dates: December 16, 2017 – March 3, 2018
Juror, Garth Johnson
Writer, curator, and educator Garth Johnson is curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona, where he oversees their world-renowned collection. Before moving to Tempe, Garth served as the Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and spent seven years as a Professor at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. Johnson is known for his irreverent wit. He has exhibited his work and published his writing internationally including contributions to the books Handmade Nation, Craftivity, Craft Corps, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s new book Nation Building. His book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, was published by Quarry in November, 2009. He is a self-described craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century.
Selected Nature and Neon artwork is eligible for the following awards
- First Place: $1,000
- Second Place: $500
- Third Place: $250
- Two Honorable Mentions: $125/each.
Awards will be selected in person by Garth Johnson, juror, prior to the exhibit’s reception.
January 12, 2018: Opening Reception: 6-8 pm, Awards announced at 7 pm.
About Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a national art education center. The school enriches lives by developing aesthetic appreciation and fostering self-expression with hands-on experiences. They offer a variety of media, classes, conferences, and seminars. On the leading edge of arts education, Arrowmont utilizes contemporary and fine arts techniques to build upon a foundation of traditional arts and crafts.
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The Inn at Honey Run is partnering with the Greater Columbus Arts Council to select up to three central Ohio artists to create outdoor installations for the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum.
Deadline: 30 Apr 2017
The Inn at Honey Run team is encouraging any artists in Franklin County and surrounding counties who are sculptors, designers, photographers, and imaginative thinkers to submit their ideas. The Open Air Art Museum is set on 56 acres of majestic landscape with lush forest and rolling hillsides on the Inn at Honey Run property. It showcases original works from local and regional artists of various backgrounds, mediums, and disciplines.
The applications will be reviewed by a panel from the Inn at Honey Run and the Arts Council. The panel will make its final selections by May 31.
Open Air Art Museum artist benefits
The Inn at Honey Run has allotted a budget of up to $30,000 for one to three artists.
In addition to financial compensation, past artists of the Open Air Art Museum have stated their time at The Inn creating installations as “life changing” due to the:
- uniqueness of being able to bring art to life among nature,
- escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life while being surrounded by art and nature, and
- opportunity to encounter diverse guests of varying backgrounds who stay at The Inn at Honey Run every day.
Additionally, the Open Air Art Museum is the region’s only one of it’s kind. It is relatively new (grand opening in September 2015). Artists participating at this stage are a part of an extremely unique venture that will grow vastly in the coming years. They will be in the company of up and coming regional artists.
About the Inn at Honey Run
The Inn at Honey Run is an independently-owned boutique resort in Northeast Ohio. It provides luxury accommodations and fine dining to diverse guests from all over the country who have traveled the world.
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