Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, with support from the Joyce Foundation, annually award a 10-month, project-based residency. The residency is awarded to outstanding Chicago-based, non-matriculating artists nominated for consideration by a jury of their peers.
Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in various media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, performance, and music. Residents selected for the program will explore ways in which their work can impact campus, community, and city alike.
In selecting the resident, preference is given to artistic practices that:
- Examine themes relevant to South Side communities both on and off campus
- Encourage open, on-going, and active community participation in culture-based collective transformation and change
- Engage issues of race and ethnicity, including, but not limited to, questions of discrimination, anti-racism, and institutional manifestations
- Deepen understandings of race, class, gender, and sexualities, as well as their interconnections and implications
Resident artists are given the opportunity to realize a specific project, drawing on the University of Chicago's resources including: its spaces and workshops, faculty and student body, practice and performance space, and libraries and research centers. During the course of their residencies, artists develop, advance, and disseminate their work; deepen individual practices through critique, public engagement, and skills and knowledge sharing; and create space for personal inquiry and collaborative relationships to flourish.
The Artists-in-Residence have access to studio space at or near the University’s Arts Incubator in Washington Park, creating an internal network and engaging the community on that site while also becoming fully immersed in the artistic and intellectual life of the campus.