Radicle Studio Residency

A residency at Hyde Park Art Center connects artists deeply with their own practice in the context of our vibrant, multifaceted community. Each year, our program invites international, national, and Chicago artists and curators to complement their mode of production with increased attention towards reflection, reconnection, and research to spark new ideas and considerations of local and global art practices.

Each year, the Art Center awards two Radicle Studio artists with yearlong residencies as part of the Jackman Goldwasser Residency program. The radicle is the first part of a seedling to burst forth from a seed, rooting itself deeply into the earth. The goal of these residencies is to be rooted for a year at the Art Center through high-quality, free studio space for Chicago artists to make work and research new projects, access to the Art Center’s broad international network of artists and resources, connection with a dynamic public, and opportunities to learn about and engage with the Art Center’s ongoing efforts to dismantle systemic racism in our field.

We welcome applications from visual artists working in all media and art practices that intersect with other disciplines. The deadline to apply is 10pm on Sunday, August 23, 2020.

About the Radicle Studio Residency

The program provides the following: 
  • A private locked studio at the Art Center (between 300 – 600 square feet) with 24 hour access
  • Staff support and professional development opportunities, including: studio visits with local and visiting curators and collectors, grant writing assistance, and exhibition opportunities
  • Opportunities to connect with other artists and members of the broader cultural community through formal and informal introductions
  • Participation in our monthly Center Sunday series, community gatherings, exhibition openings, and other Art Center events
  • Membership to the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (access to 3D-printing, CNC router, laser cutter, etc)
  • One free class at the Art Center during the residency, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, textile, and others

The Radicle Studio residency is curated based on an artist’s ideas and interest to think critically about their practice and its relationship to notions of site, community, geography, and a demonstrated commitment to dismantling inequities through their work. Also of consideration is artists’ need and the impact this residency will have on their career. Residencies begin January 4, 2021 and conclude December 15, 2021.

Selection Criteria for Radicle Studio artists

Chicago-based artists with preference toward:

  • ALAANA artists and/or artists whose practices work toward structural equity and social justice
  • Artists with a genuine need for studio space (ie, do not have one currently)
  • Artists with non-traditional career trajectories or training, at any career-stage
  • Artists eager for engagement with the Art Center community
  • Artists may not be enrolled in a degree-granting program during residency period
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old
Program Expectations:
  • Be present and using the studio between Jan – Dec 2021
  • Present one public program with our support during a monthly Center Sundays
  • Participate in monthly open studios (8-10 per year) and hold weekly Studio hours;
  • Attend Community Dinners (3 per year)
  • Participate in meetings and studio visits with students, visiting curators, international resident artists and curators, academics, other relevant Chicago-based practitioners
Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a panel including Art Center staff, former residents and an outside art professional.

We welcome applications from visual artists working in all media and art practices that intersect with other disciplines. The deadline to apply is 10pm on Sunday, August 23, 2020.

Click here for more information about the application process or to apply.

If you have questions about the program or the application process please contact Mariela Acuña at macuna@hydeparkart.org.