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

The program awards a ten-month residency to outstanding Chicago-based artists and collaboratives and provides the opportunity to (1) draw on the University of Chicago’s resources, critical faculty, and student body to develop, advance, and disseminate their work; (2) deepen individual practices through critique, public engagement, skills and knowledge sharing; and (3) create a space where personal inquiry and collaborative relationships can flourish.

With the “city as laboratory” framework, we invite creative professionals to explore how they can impact campus, community, and city alike. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all disciplines, 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 is especially 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 partnerships through creative endeavors that serve the diverse population of the city of Chicago, specifically the South Side.

2012/13 Artists-in-Residence applications are now closed. Read more about eligibility criteria for future residencies >>

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