Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

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Chicago Residency

This is a truly public and accessible residency program with the aim of making the artistic process visible to our audiences. During residencies, we capitalize on existing opportunities taking place in the city and develop a program tailored to suit the individual artist’s needs.

There are four Chicago-based residencies in our Studio Block each year. Studio #2 houses our Flex Space Residency, hosting individual artists or a collective, for three months at a time for a hyper-focused project based residency. Two studios, #3 & #5, are home to year-long residencies for Chicago-based artists of color. Our largest studio, #4, is home to a year long residency for a Chicago-based artist who utilizes the space and time to create new work for an exhibition in Gallery 1, curated by Allison Peters Quinn.


We supply what you need to help enrich your practice.

Resources available to residents include:

  • Creative Innovation Exchange Membership
  • One free class during each semester
  • Studio/Classroom/Darkroom access
  • Pond space for events/programs or program collaborations in other Chicago venues
  • Studio visits with Chicago-based & International visiting curators and artists
  • Studio visits with Exhibitions and Residency team, Allison Peters-Quinn and Megha Ralapati, as needed.

Artists have the opportunity to use the exhibition space directly outside of their studio door, post on social media and program workshops/performances/events in public program spaces at the Center.

Open studios are hosted every other month, as we invite the community into the Center to explore the exhibitions, education programs, and engage with the artists on site to increase transparency within the artistic process. Furthermore, artists are encouraged to host public programs and workshops, with the support of staff, to increase awareness and dialogue around their practice.