Artist-in-Residence Program


Come create with us!

The Bookworm Gardens Artist In Residence program, set to launch in 2018, will bring in artists to explore, interpret and share the unique connections between literature and garden that exist at Bookworm. Each year two artist projects will be selected for residencies, one focusing on literature and storytelling and the other focusing on the physical garden and site exploration. Residencies run from two to six months in length.

Submissions are by request only. Artists and educators who are interested in learning more can fill out the survey below:

Questions regarding the Artist-In-Residence Program can be directed to

This program is supported by A Community Thrives, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK supported by the Gannett Foundation.


Once upon a Time...

....there was an idea. Like most ideas, it started with a question: what if you could bring your favorite children’s books to life? Over fifteen years ago, a woman in Sheboygan, Wisconsin had an idea – she wanted to bring books to life one garden at a time. The idea took root and became Bookworm Gardens, a botanic garden with the mission is to enrich the mind, body, and spirit of the young and young at heart through exploration in a garden environment based on children's literature. Now we’re ready to write our next chapter with the Bookworm Gardens Artists-in-Residence Program. This program connects local artists with the Gardens to create and exhibit site-specific works and allow artists to interact with staff, visitors, and the greater community throughout the creative process. Artists will explore the relationship between nature, literature, culture, and place during their time in residence. But this won’t be like any artist-in-residence program you’ve seen before, after all Bookworm Gardens is truly unique. We will be looking for all types of artists – authors and illustrators, those in the performing arts and visual arts, musicians, dancers, makers, and creators of all forms!