2018/2019 Artist-in-Residence Open Call for Applications

Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago invite applications for their joint 2018/2019 Artist-in-Residence Program (Nov 1, 2018–Aug 30, 2019).

Applications open: Monday, June 25, 2018

Apply via the UChicago Arts SlideRoom: uchicago.slideroom.com

Application due: Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 11:59PM CST

About the program

The artist residency is for Chicago-based artists, writers, thinkers, and collaboratives, with a preference given to artistic practices that:

  • Examine themes relevant to South Side communities both on and off campus
  • Encourage open, ongoing, and active community participation in culture-based collective transformation and change
  • Explore dimensions of ethnicity, race and racialized communities, anti-racism/racism, institutional manifestations of race, power and privilege
  • Privilege research methodologies as an integral part of the creative process 
  • Deepen understandings of race, class, gender, and sexuality, as well as their interconnections and implications

What you need to apply:

  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Completed online application 
  • Work samples 
  • List of three professional references with contact information

Application procedure and guidelines:

  • Apply via the UChicago Arts SlideRoom page at uchicago.slideroom.com.
  • Applications must be submitted through the UChicago Arts SlideRoom page by the deadline specified above.
  • To submit a proposal, create a SlideRoom account, click on “2018/2019 APL/CSRPC Artist-in-Residence Program,” and complete the application. 
  • Supporting materials (photography, music, video, etc.) should be uploaded along with the application in your SlideRoom submission.
  • Please note that only those applications submitted through SlideRoom will be considered for the residency.

The University of Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status, and does not discriminate against members of protected classes under the law.


Contact Nikki Patin about submission guidelines at npatin@uchicago.edu.

Arts + Public Life provides platforms for artists and access to arts programming through artist residencies, arts education, cultural entrepreneurship, and arts-led programs and events.

In partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, Arts + Public Life supports individual artists through the Artists-in-Residence program by advancing the opportunities available to artists who are underrepresented in the Chicago and national arts scenes. The ten-month paid residency program provides space, materials and stipends, eliminating barriers to participation. During this program, artists have access to rehearsal, performance and exhibition space at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park and access to the academic and research resources of the University.

The residency program gives preference to artists and curators whose work examines themes relevant to South Side communities and engages issues of race and ethnicity. Across a diverse range of disciplines, each cohort of artists explores dimensions of race and racialized communities–anti-racism/racism, discrimination, institutional manifestations race, power and privilege. Whether through painting, installation, performance, textiles or photography, the residencies contribute to deepening understandings of race, class, gender, sexualities, nationality as well as their intersections and implications. 

Artists applying for the program have a demonstrated history of rooting their practice in community engagement. The Artist-in-Residence program is typified by active immersion in public-facing aspects of APL, rather than a “retreat from” traditional studio practice. During the ten months, artists are present at the Arts Incubator. They lead public workshops, programs and artists talks and host studio visits, host dinners, screenings and readings.

Arts + Public Life offers three distinct residency programs: Artist-in-Residence, Crossing Boundaries Prize, and the Curatorial Collective. In 2019, APL will add a fourth: a theater and performing arts residency in conjunction with the opening of the Green Line Arts Center.

29 Chicago-based artists and curators have been hosted annually since 2011. Artists have included photographer Cecil McDonald, sound artist Ayana Contreras, dance collaborative Honey Pot Performance, and studio artist Brittney Leeanne Williams. 

Applications for the residency program are accepted annually. For up-to-date information on the call for artists, please sign up for our e-list: tinyurl.com/APLelist.


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