The Bridge Program

FALL 2021

Wednesdays 6-8pm
October 13th – December 15th, 2021
Program Curators:
Megha Ralapati and Devin T. Mays




FALL 2021 BRIDGE PROGRAM APPLICATION IS HERE! We are happy to share the application, and news that Bridge Program is now a community supported program! With community supported programs, there’s no minimum required tuition to participate. We ask that artists contribute what you can. Your contributions help support program costs such as facilitators, visitors, supplies, and space. We thank you for contributing as generously as you can to this creative community!

Fall 2021 Bridge Program will meet in-person, and if needed will move online for sessions, based on how Covid protocols develop. The program will meet on Wednesdays from 6-8pm, starting on October 13th and going for 10 weeks, finishing on December 15th. The public/showcase component for this program will be determined by the group and our program curators.

The Bridge Program fosters generative dialogue among a select group of artists (10 artists max), 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, online readings, and peer to peer visits.


Devin T. Mays (he/him, they/them) holds a B.B.A in International Business and Marketing from Howard University. After receiving his degree, he worked in advertising developing brand strategies and commercials for the better part of a decade. He returned to school to pursue an M.F.A in studio practice from The University of Chicago where he graduated in 2016. There, he developed an interdisciplinary practice he often refers to as an investigation of the infinite, a practice-in-participation, a practice-in-practice. Since then, he has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography; Lowe Art Museum, University of Florida; Nahmad Projects, London; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; Regards Chicago and The Gray Center among others.

Megha Ralapati (she/her) is an curator, arts worker, writer and based in Chicago, where she oversees the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at Hyde Park Art Center. The program supports artists across Chicago and internationally, as well as initiates collaborations with community-centered, experimental arts organizations like Project Row Houses (Houston) and ARTPORT Tel Aviv. Megha has also developed curatorial projects including “Xenophilia” in Chicago (2016), “Double-Jointed” at Scaramouche gallery in New York (2012), and contributed to “New Narratives: Contemporary Art from India” at the Chicago Cultural Center (2007). Her writing has been included in publications, South as a State of Mind (Documenta 2018); Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic (2015 Brooklyn Museum), Black Sun (2014 Devi Art Foundation) and Manual for Treason (2011 Sharjah Art Foundation), and she has presented ideas and writing at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU (New York 2013),Eyebeam Art + Technology Center (New York 2012) and as a participant at the Incheon Biennial (Korea 2011). Megha received an MA in Visual Culture from Goldsmiths and a BA in Art History and Anthropology from Columbia University.

Suggested tuition for Bridge Program is $305 but as a Community Supported Program, artists who are accepted into Bridge Program will be able to choose an amount to contribute toward the costs of the Bridge Program. Please contact Director of Education Mike Nourse at with any questions.

To learn about Bridge Program alumni and past facilitators, click here.