Artists-in-Residence Program








Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture annually support a 10-month research- and project-based residency for outstanding Chicago-based, non-matriculating artists and collaboratives. Applications for the 2019-20 academic year will open mid-2019.

The residency is for mid-career artists working in various media and disciplines, including:

  • drawing
  • film
  • installation
  • literature
  • music
  • new media
  • painting
  • performance
  • photography
  • sculpture
  • video

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, ongoing, 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
  • Privilege research methodologies as an integral part of the creative process
  • 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 labs and workshops; faculty and student body; practice and performance space; and archives, libraries, research centers, and special collections. 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.

For more information, please contact Arts + Public Life at



Program Goals

  • To provide outstanding artists with an opportunity to take advantage of the University of Chicago’s atmosphere of reflection, and physical and intellectual resources to develop a site-specific project, realized within the 10-month period.
  • To encourage artists to explore their ideas and work within the context of Chicago’s South Side, specifically the Washington Park neighborhood and the main University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park.
  • To invest in individuals at a critical juncture within their practice, whose work will impact the cultural landscape at large; to provide these artists with support and opportunity to incubate their ideas, explore their process, and expand their practice.
  • To bring artists and thinkers into a dynamic community of creative practitioners.

Program Details 

  • Financially supported 10-month residencies for up to 3 artists, writers, thinkers, and/or collaboratives.
  • Optional 600- to 800-square foot studios with wi-fi at or near the Arts Incubator in Washington Park.
  • Facilities and technical support: basic woodshop; audio/video equipment; University of Chicago archives, labs, libraries, and special collections; rehearsal and performance spaces at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
  • Programmatic opportunities: access to public events on campus especially those sponsored by the Arts + Public Life, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, the Logan Center, and the Rebuild Foundation.



  • On-site presence no less than 15hrs/wk (this includes time spent researching or meeting with collaborators).
  • Monthly internal presentation on the progression of proposed project.
  • Quarterly participation in the Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop.
  • Quarterly public engagement programs including, but not limited to, performances, workshops/critiques, or teaching opportunities.


  • Artists not currently enrolled in an academic program.
  • Artists living in the Chicagoland area at the time their application is submitted and throughout the duration of the award period.

Selection Criteria
Successful applications will be ambitious, collaborative, curious, and resourceful. Applications will be reviewed based on the applicants’:

  • merit of past work/demonstrated excellence in their field
  • ability to clearly articulate the proposed project’s goals and a case for research projects that require collections, resources, scholars, and assets unique to this particular residency
  • potential to impact and engage the communities of the University of Chicago and the Washington Park neighborhood
  • potential to deepen and grow their creative practice
  • potential to engage in discourse surrounding issues related to race and ethnicity
  • ability to demonstrate independence and flexibility

Award Period
November 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019

Program Sponsors
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 + Public Life is the Arts Incubator in Washington Park—a mixed-use arts facility (including flexible studio space for resident artists) located just west of Washington Park that widens the sphere of arts and cultural activity on the mid-South Side.

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.


  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Completed online application (see details below)
  • Work samples (see details below)
  • List of three professional references with contact information

Applications must be submitted through the UChicago Arts SlideRoom page at by the deadline date. To submit a proposal, create a SlideRoom account, click on the Artist-in-Residence Program program, and complete the application. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your application, please contact us.

Questions about submission guidelines should be directed to

Please Note: Only those applications submitted through SlideRoom will be considered for the residency.  The Program Sponsors are unable to provide applicants with individual feedback about their proposals.

Work Samples
You may submit up to 10 items (including a description), in any combination of images, video clips, and/or audio clips. The total combined duration of video and/or audio submissions must not exceed 8 minutes per applicant. Please do not submit autobiographical video or video documentation of exhibitions that are not time-based.

  • Image files must be submitted in JPG, PNG, or TIFF format. The size of each must not exceed 5 MB. Images larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels (72 dpi) will be automatically resized.

  • Video and sound links to YouTube, Vimeo, and Soundcloud are preferred. Video files may be submitted in FLV, MOV, m4v, mp4, or WMV format.The size of each file may not exceed 60 MB.

  • Audio files may be submitted in mp3 format. The size of each file may not exceed 30 MB. The total combined duration of video and audio must not exceed 8 minutes. Please submit excerpts as appropriate, and include links to the entire work in the corresponding “Additional Details” field.

  • Writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting) Submit up to 10 pages of poetry, 10 pages of prose, or one full-length play/script.

All media must be accompanied by a description that includes:

  • Title
  • Date
  • Size/Length
  • Type of media or format
  • Brief description