"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, who all work on site in studios located at the Center.
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.
Folayemi (Fo) Wilson is an artist/designer, educator, independent curator and writer. Her art practice crosses interdisciplinary boundaries between the visual arts, sonic media, a regard for the handmade, and a background in design and object making. She earned a MFA in Furniture Design with a concentration in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the Rhode Island School of Design and is an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago.
Currently, Fo is on site working towards the opening of Celestial Objects as Messengers of Love in These Troubled Times. Opening March 31st, the exhibition will include objects that appear to have landed from outer space in an environment that feels otherworldly and simultaneously familiar. Ceramic vessels and other slip-cast objects with various materials will create a fanciful environment using abstract furniture forms and audio to create a dynamic, celestial Afrofuturist landscape.