The Artists-in-Residence have studio space in the Washington Park Arts Incubator facility, creating an internal network and engaging the community on that site while becoming fully immersed in the artistic and intellectual life of the University, primarily through our programmatic partner, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture.

Artists have access to the University for research resources, courses, master classes, and workshops appropriate to each artist’s discipline, and for conversations and collaborations with faculty and students. In addition, there will be ongoing interaction between the artists and the Logan Center, which will be another locus for presentation of the artists’ works.

2013/14 Artists-In-Residence Program

Supported by Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago

Information session:

June 27th, 6:30–7:30 pm at the Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Blvd. 

The Arts + Public Life Initiative and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture invites applications for their joint 2012/13 Artist-in-Residence Program running November 2013 through September 2014.  The program awards a ten-month residency opportunity to non-matriculating Chicago-based artists and collaboratives, with a specific interest in artists of color and women, to provide outstanding creatives the opportunity to draw on the University of Chicago's resources, critical faculty, and student body to develop, advance, and disseminate their work; to deepen individual practices through critique, public engagement, skills and knowledge sharing; and to create space for personal inquiry and collaborative relationships to flourish.  With the “city as laboratory,” we invite creative professionals to explore ways in which they can impact campus, community, and city alike.  Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture  is an interdisciplinary research center that promotes engaged scholarship, debate, teaching, and activism on issues of race and ethnicity at the level of public policy, cultural representation, and lived experience.  The Center isespecially interested in how ideas, images, and representations are culturally deployed and structurally enacted to shape people's daily lives, opportunities, and outcomes.

By implementing and supporting creative and innovative programming, the Arts + Public Life Initiative inspires dialogue and fosters community partnerships based on creative endeavors that serve the diverse population of the city of Chicago with a specific concentration on the South Side.  The flagship project of Arts and Public Life is the Arts Incubator in Washington Park—a new mixed-use arts facility (including flexible studio space for resident artists) located just west of Washington Park, widening the sphere of arts and cultural activity on the mid-South Side.


The application process will be initiated through the submission of up-to-date curriculum vitae or résumé and a one-page Letter of Interest articulating how this opportunity would further your artistic practice and how you imagine you might impact the program as a whole.

Letters should be submitted to by July 8,2013 11:59 PM CST.

Any questions about the application process should be directed to the above email address with subject "2013/14 AIR Application."

Award Period

November 2013-September 2014

Important Dates

June 17-July 8: Call for letters of interest

June 27: Information Session at Arts Incubator in Washington Park
July 26: Notification of selection to submit full proposal
August 19: Online Application Due
October 2013: Selected Artist Residents Notified
November 2013: 2012/13 AIR Program Begins

Program Goals

  • To provide an outstanding artist with an opportunity to take advantage of the University of Chicago’s atmosphere of reflection, its libraries, and its research resources to develop her/his own work.
  • To support and invest in individuals at the cutting edge of their fields, whose work will impact the cultural landscape at large; to provide these artists with the support and opportunity to take their work to the next level and to explore and experiment.
  • To bring artists and thinkers into a dynamic community of artists, primarily local: a professional network of creative practitioners and thinkers.
  • To encourage artists to explore their ideas and work within the context of an urban environment, specifically Chicago’s South Side.

Program Details

  • 10-month residencies with monthly stipend of $1,000
  • Optional 600- to 800-square foot studios with Wi-Fi
  • Optional shared formal office space at the Race Center on the University of Chicago campus or within the Arts Incubator with access to computers, scanners, and printers
  • Access to facilities at the University of Chicago Central Campus, the Logan Center, and the Arts Incubator, including: basic woodshop; audio/video equipment; performance and rehearsal space; University libraries and archives
  • 3 Artists-in-Residence selected
  • Required participation in regular programmed activities including quarterly “crits,” dinners, and workshops
  • Required participation in at least one Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop meeting
  • Required participation in culminating exhibition, performance, or public program at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts or the Arts Incubator
  • Access to workshops and events on campus, especially those sponsored by the Race Center, Arts Incubator, and Logan Center
  • Access to artist-in-residence alumni network


Artists not currently enrolled in an academic program.

Selection Criteria

  • Chicago-based creative
  • Merit of past work/demonstrated excellence in field
  • Potential to develop creative practice and impact the communities of the University of Chicago, Washington Park neighborhood, and city of Chicago at large