"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.
Originally from Washington D.C, A.J. McClenon grew up in “D.C. proper,” Baltimore and New York during the administrations of Reagan, Clinton, and Bush. A.J.’s work sets personal narratives alongside empirical data, leveling the hierarchies of truth. A.J. holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in creative writing from the University of Maryland College Park. A.J. has also studied at Eugene Lang College. A.J. has performed and shown work throughout the US, at institutions including Steppenwolf, The Promontory, Woman Made Gallery, Echo Park Film Center, Chicago Filmmakers, Fine Art Complex 1101, and Longwood Arts Center. A.J. is currently a co-organizer of Beauty Breaks, an intergenerational beauty and wellness workshop series for black people along the spectrum of femininity. A.J. is also a co-founder of F4F, a domestic venue that cultivates a femme community, centers blackness, and expands upon understandings of what domestic space can be.