Discipline: Visual Art – photography

Cindy Bernard

Discipline: Visual Art – photography
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016

Cindy Bernard’s career spans three decades and she is best known for the widely exhibited series "Ask the Dust" (1988-92), which is the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Pompidou. She is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including Creative Capital and a Guggenheim. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Japan, and was included in the Whitney and Lyon Biennials.

Recent projects include The Inquisitive Musician, an adaptation of a 17th century German satire that has been performed in New York, in Los Angeles at the LA County Museum of Art, and most recently at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in June 2013. She is currently working on Vinland, a meditation on the shifting relationships between spaces, social and economic structures, and personal and collective histories, and on an episodic visual history of social nudism.

Bernard was appointed the inaugural Ruffin Distinguished Artist-In-Residence at the University of Virginia for the academic year 2013/2014 and is a 2016 MacDowell Fellow.



Cindy Bernard worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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