The Bridge Program

The Bridge Program fosters generative dialogue among a select group of artists in a seminar-style course designed to push your art practice into new realms. You’ll work in an intensive, small-group setting to refine project ideas, better articulate the central concerns of your practice, deepen the conceptual grounding of your work, and situate your practice within a wider art world context. You’ll participate in critiques, writing sessions, essay discussions, and a public artist talk at the culminating program showcase in the Art Center’s Muller Meeting Room and 4833 Project Space. Advanced artists in all media are encouraged to apply.

Fall 2018 Term

Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
October 2 – December 4
Facilitated by Rhonda Wheatley

Applications due September 16.

Tuition: $285/members $305/not-yet-members

To apply for the Bridge Program, please fill out the application below. Questions about The Bridge Program can be directed to Jen Tremblay, Director of School and Studio Programs, at (773) 324-5520 x1007 or

Learn about Bridge Program alumni and facilitators.

About the Bridge Program Facilitator

Rhonda Wheatley is a Chicago-based artist whose sculptures, paintings, and written works are grounded in the speculative and metaphysical and explore consciousness, healing, and transformation. She’s had solo exhibitions at Hyde Park Art Center and David Weinberg Gallery and group shows at spaces including The Franklin, Gallery 400, and Glass Curtain Gallery, as well as Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles and the Black Fine Art Show in New York City. Wheatley teaches art and writing and leads personal development, journaling, and wellness workshops in schools and art spaces in and around Chicago. She also performs readings from her personal journals and other writings, gives tarot card readings (private and as performance), and practices several energy healing modalities. Wheatley earned a BA in English Literature with a minor in African American Studies from Loyola University, Chicago and an MA in Writing from DePaul University.