Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Program

The Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Program, inaugurated in July 2006, is a result of the initiative and support of the late Dr. Sidney Harman and of Michael D. Eisner. The residency marks the first step in a broader effort to ensure that the valuable ideas and perspectives of leading artists are shared in the Institute’s ongoing “Great Conversation”—in discussions related not just to arts and culture but also to the myriad other vital issues facing our nation, from poverty, education, and race to the environment, domestic politics, and foreign policy.

The goal of the program is twofold: to incorporate the views and voices of some of the world’s top creative talents into the ongoing work of the Institute; and to facilitate that process in reverse, exposing thoughtful, engaged artists to the dynamic work of the leaders, policymakers, authors, advocates, and academics engaged with the Institute.

The residency begins at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival and continues throughout the year with additional events in Aspen, New York, and Washington DC. The current artists in residence are Ava DuVernay and Jeff Koons. Previous Harman-Eisner Artists in Residence have included Renée Fleming, Theaster Gates, Goldie Hawn, Lil Buck, Alfre Woodard, Yo-Yo Ma, Julie Taymor, and current Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel. See the full list below.