Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Program
The Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Program was launched in July 2006 with the support of Dr. Sidney Harman, the late businessman and philanthropist, and Michael Eisner, Founder of the Tornante Company and former Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.
Through the Harman-Eisner Residency, leading artists from a variety of disciplines introduce their ideas and perspectives into the Institute’s ongoing “Great Conversation.” Drawing upon the Institute’s long established convening power and association with ideas, values and leadership, the Arts Program features its Artists in Residence in discussions rooted in arts and culture and spanning a host of the most critical issues facing our nation today, from poverty, education and race to the environment and foreign policy.
The Residency traditionally kicks off at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival and continues throughout the year, with additional programming in Aspen, New York, and Washington, DC. The Current Artist in Residence is Frank Gehry. Previous Harman-Eisner Artists in Residence include Ava DuVernay, Jeff Koons, Renée Fleming, Theaster Gates, Goldie Hawn, Lil Buck, Alfre Woodard, Yo-Yo Ma, Julie Taymor, and former Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel.