"The residency is hyperlocal and international in one breath."
(Resident Class of 2013)
The Jackman Goldwasser Residency grows international and local networks by inviting artists and curators from around the world for residencies alongside Chicago-based artists.
All artists work on site in studios within the Guida Family Creative Wing at the Art Center – a space where visitors are encouraged to interact with artists and be a part of the creative process. The re-imagined space on the second floor, transformed in 2015 by architect Grant Gibson of CAMESgibson, Inc., hosts the Jackman Goldwasser Residency with private and shared artist studios; a flexible learning environment, aka “The Pond,” for youth and adults; a teen learning center; and the Thurow Digital Lab.
Both the Jackman Goldwasser Residency and the Guida Family Creative Wing are designed to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, build community, and spark new ways of working for artists.
The residency supports Chicago-based artists in a variety of ways – from providing a vibrant home and community for an art practice, to developing an ambitious solo exhibition, to navigating being an educator and artist, to creating space for experimentation.The rotating spaces in our studio block supports artists of varying practices and backgrounds.
Founded with the intention to expand the dialogue between Chicago and the rest of the world, the residency invites visiting artists and curators from around the globe to become part of our community. These eight week residencies emphasize cross-cultural exchange and authentic dialogue and conversation surrounding international contemporary art practices.
In addition to connecting residents to the diverse range of resources, archives, libraries, artists and other practitioners in Chicago, the program builds relationships with like-minded arts organizations and resident programs around the world to expand our understanding of contemporary practice and create transformative opportunities for artists.
Chris Pappan is an artist of Kanza, Osage and Lakota descent. His cited influences are Heavy Metal and Juxtapoz magazines, and the Lowbrow art movement with its cultural roots in 1970s underground comics, punk, and hot rod cultures. His art reflects the dominant culture’s distorted perceptions of Native peoples and is based on the Plains Native art tradition known as Ledger Art. Chris is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and a nationally recognized painter and ledger artist. His work is in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian (Washington D.C); The Field Museum of Natural History; The Newberry Library, The North American Native Museum (Geneva, Switzerland); Missoula Art Museum (Missoula, Montana); and The Spencer Museum of Art (Lawrence, Kansas), among others. Chris recently exhibited his work at the Field Museum in Drawing on Tradition, a two-year exhibition and intervention into the decades old and problematic Native North American Hall, which has changed little since its establishment in the 1950s. The exhibition presented a contemporary view of Indigenous perspectives, acting as an agent of change within the institution.