Residency for Chicago Artists

Radicle Studio Residency: Year-Long Residency for Chicago Artists

The Art Center seeks to award yearlong residencies to eight Radicle Studio artists (two cohorts of four artists) for residencies to take place in 2024 and 2025. 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 free sunlit studio space for artists to make work and research new projects, gain access to the Art Center’s broad international network of professionals and resources, and connect with a dynamic public.

The residency cycle begins on January 15 and concludes on December 15 each year (2024 and 2025).

Chris Pappan in his studio during his Radicle Residency in 2019

Key Dates

June 13: Application opens
July 13: Virtual webinar, 10:30-11:30 am CST. Please RSVP here.
July 24: Applications due by 11:30 pm CST
Late September: First round of notifications*
October 16-20: Interviews on site, Second round of notifications*
November 7: 2024 and 2025 Awardees notified
Early January: Radicle residents move in

*Artists will be notified if they do not advance to the next round.

The Jackman Goldwasser 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 or actions. Also of consideration is the artists’ need and the impact this residency will have on their careers. 

The Jackman Goldwasser Residency supports both local and visiting artists and curators. Visiting artists are by invitation only. By linking practitioners from different communities, the program aims to galvanize an international network of artists, curators, academics, arts administrators, educators, practitioners, and researchers who we encourage to consider themselves peers and colleagues participating in a conversation that transcends national, cultural, and political boundaries.

Program Provides

  • 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 public programs, community gatherings, exhibition openings, annual Gala, informal resident gatherings and field trips to other institutions, and other Art Center events
  • One free class at the Art Center during the residency, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, textile, and many others
  • A $1,500 stipend


  • Artist must live in Chicago or neighboring suburbs
  • Artists may not be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the residency period
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old

Selection Criteria

Chicago-based artists with preference toward:

  • ALAANA artists and/or artists whose practices work to expand equity and social justice in Chicago
  • 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’s community

Program Expectations

  • Be present and using the studio during the duration of the residency
  • Participate in seasonal open studios (4-6 per year) and hold weekly studio hours.
  • Attend Community Dinners (2 per year)
  • Participate in virtual or in-person meetings and studio visits with 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:

  • Adia Sykes, independent curator and Co-Director of Programs at Threewalls
  • Aaron Hughes, artist, curator, organizer, residency alum
  • Mariela Acuna, Exhibitions and Residency Manager
  • Alex Herrera, Teen Programs Manager
  • Tran Tran, Exhibitions and Residency Coordinator


At Hyde Park Art Center, we work together to meet each other’s access needs, and we aim to be adaptable and receptive. The Jackman Goldwasser Residency provides private, wheelchair-accessible studios within the Art Center’s building. Residency studios are outfitted with movable folding tables, some shelving, and chairs. Residents are welcome to rearrange studio furniture or bring their own to fit their needs. Residents may also borrow additional furniture from the Art Center with the permission of staff. All studios have heating and air conditioning. Residents are not able to control the temperature of their individual studios. Studios have internet connection via an Ethernet cable. The Residency is family-friendly. Residents and their families have access to their private studios 24/7. Service animals will be accommodated. All public spaces at the Art Center are wheelchair accessible.

All entrances and public areas at Hyde Park Art Center are wheelchair accessible. Parking is available outside our main entrance on Cornell Ave. An elevator is located through the main entrance doors providing additional access to the 2nd-floor gallery, offices, and studios.

If you have further questions about accessibility accommodations in the Residency program or during the application process, please contact Mariela Acuña at

Current Chicago Artists