The Residency catalyzes networks by connecting global artists to the unique resources and opportunities offered by Chicago, deepening the engagement between local and international contemporary art practices.
Situated within the community of the Hyde Park Art Center, this re-imagined program provides a platform for five international, national, and local artists each year to take creative risks within their practice and expand their professional networks while living and working in Chicago. Launching Fall of 2012, the Residency aims to:
- Stimulate Chicago’s cultural community by infusing a range of artists and cultural producers into the city who are encouraged to engage with the community;
- Support the process of creating new work at all stages from research to making;
- Demystify professional art practices by actively inviting a diverse public to participate in Residency programs and engage with working artists;
- Investigate the role of art making, practice, and presentation within a dynamic, urban environment;
- Expand the dialogue between Chicago and the rest of the world through exhibition, cross-cultural exchange, and conversation surrounding international contemporary art practices.
The Residency facilitates and fosters relationships between visiting artists and the wealth of cultural institutions around the city, as well as connections to the Art Center’s own students, faculty, exhibiting artists and diverse audience. To this end, we match resident artists with a rich variety of Chicago resources relevant to their practice, and conversely, we aim to cultivate relationships with institutions and cultural organizations based outside the country to increase opportunities for local artists.
At this time, residencies are curated with selection based on the proven quality of artists' work and the impact this residency will have on their practice. International and national residencies range from six to eight weeks, while local artists may be in residence for up to a year, depending on the artist’s needs and project scope. Artists are provided studio space at the Art Center, accommodation, supportive resources, and connection to Chicago artists, institutions, and cultural communities and may include exhibition opportunities at the Art Center. Currently, selection is by invitation-only as we lead up to our Fall launch and celebration of the inaugural Jackman Class, our first cohort of artists!