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"The residency is hyperlocal and international in one breath."

-Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford
(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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the application process? How can I get a residency at the Art Center?

Unfortunately, we do not accept applications for residencies at this time. We invite artists to participate in residency projects based on their current work and interests. If you would like to be considered for a future residency, please feel free to send us your website.

How do I visit the artists in residence? Can I bring my class to visit a studio?

Yes! We are eager to make connections for our residents to our broad public. We hold Open Studios about once every other month for all current residents. Check our Events page to find out when the next date is scheduled. Otherwise, contact Residency Coordinator Ariel Gentalen at to set up a studio visit or class visit. We also invite you to check in with us about individual artists’ open studio hours, which happen weekly.

Do resident artists have public programming?

Yes, all residents are invited to present their work at Open Studios as well as in Artist Talks. Please check our Events calendar for upcoming residency talks or feel free to reach out to us to learn about upcoming residency public programs. Our programs are always free and open to the public.