Artist Talk: Pop Up-Cycler Artist Kim Bernard

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Climate, Summer Reading, Lecture

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Join Rockland artist Kim Bernard to learn how she creates sculpture out of recycled material. Through her work, she aims to inspire and raise awareness about environmental issues, overconsumption and preserving our precious natural resources. Bernard will talk about her current project, a Pop-Up-Cycler (a portable, pop-up, maker space, upcycling mobile) she’s created to transport her plastic recycling machines to schools, art centers and institutions where she’ll turn plastic trash into sculptural installations, like she’s doing here at YPL this week!

Kim Bernard creates sculpture that is recycled, kinetic, interactive, public and involves the community. She creates installations upcycled out of trash and is currently focusing on transforming plastic waste into sculpture using her portable recycling machines. She shows her work nationally and has been invited to participate in many exhibits, some of which include the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Harvard University, Art Complex Museum and UNH Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, Art News and Art New England. Bernard is the recipient of the Artist Advancement Grant, Kindling Fund Grant, NEFA grant, 7 Maine Arts Commission Grants as well as funding from the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation.

She was an artist-in residence in the Physics Department at Harvard University and at the University of New England. She received her BFA from Parsons in 1987 and her MFA from Mass Art in 2010. Bernard mentors emerging artists individually and teaches professional development to artists nationally.


Presented in collaboration with York Recycling Committee and WRAD.