2020 Creative Capital Artist Retreat


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Amenities at Bard

Bertelsmann Campus Center

The Campus Bookstore, U.S. Post Office, Down the Road Café, Information Desk, seating areas, Internet access, ATM machines, lounge and gallery areas, a multipurpose room, a pool table, and foosball are all located on the first floor of the Campus Center. A computer lab, game room, television lounge, meeting room, laundry-card machine, and copy machines are located on the second floor.

Campus Center summer hours are Mon–Fri: 8am–11pm through August 8.

Phone: 845-758-7095 (x7095)


The Bard College Bookstore stocks a wide selection of general books, stationery, printed merchandise, snacks, beverages, and basic toiletries. The Bookstore accepts cash, money orders, traveler’s checks, and bank checks made payable to Bard College, as well as American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, and Visa.

Summer hours are Mon–Fri: 9am–2pm; Sat–Sun: closed (hours subject to change).

Phone: 845-758-7005 (x7005)

Center For Curatorial Studies (CCS) & Bard Hessel Museum Of Art

The Hessel Museum of will be closed for installation during the Retreat. For more information: bard.edu/ccs

parliament of reality

Across the street from the Fisher Center is the parliament of reality, a permanent sculptural environment by the internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson. Commissioned by Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies, the installation consists of a circular pond surrounded by a ring of trees and punctuated by an island that visitors reach via a stone bridge enclosed in tunnel-like latticework. During your stay at Bard, be sure to visit the installation, a place where the artist encourages audiences to “relax, discuss ideas, question what you’re taught, and negotiate with each other.”

Stevenson Athletic Center

The 69,000-square-foot Stevenson Athletic Center features a six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool, a fitness center with cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, international-size squash courts, men’s and women’s locker rooms with open showers, an aerobics studio, an athletic-training room, and a main gymnasium that houses basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts as well as spectator areas. Six lighted hard-surface tennis courts, soccer field, softball field, rugby field, miles of groomed cross-country and hiking trails, and multipurpose fields are directly adjacent to the building. Towels and padlocks are not provided at the gym (please bring your own). Vending machines with water and sports drinks are available. Retreat guests may use the facilities at no charge. You must check in at the Stevenson Front Desk with the attendant and display your badge for entry.

Please check the Stevenson Athletic Center website or call the Stevenson Athletic Center Reception Desk at 845-758-7527 for updated summer hours.

Stevenson Library

Guests are welcome to spend quiet time, browse, read, and listen at the library. You will not be able to check out books.

Summer hours: Mon–Thu: 9am–7pm; Fri: 9am–5pm; Sat–Sun: 12–5pm

Phone: 845-758-7148 (x7148)