Residency for Chicago Curator

Radicle Curator Residency: 16-month Residency for Chicago Curators

The Radicle Curator Residency is a new initiative that advances curatorial voices and expertise within  the Art Center’s exhibitions and residency programs and the field-at-large. As part of the Jackman Goldwasser Residency Program, this residency will take place in the Guida Family Creative Wing and support one emergent to mid-career Chicago area-based curators by providing research and professional development opportunities over a sixteen-month period to develop an exhibition for the Kanter Family Foundation Gallery. The selected curator will be rooted at the Art Center, participate in programs with the cohort of resident artists, conduct studio visits with artists around Chicago pertaining to their curatorial interest, receive a stipend and exhibition budget, and be in critical dialog with the Exhibitions and Residency Program team.  The selected curator will curate an engaging group exhibition (3 or more artists) that addresses pressing civic issues of our time for the 2025 season at the Art Center. 

The residency begins on June 1, 2024 and concludes on August 31, 2025.

Installation view of "The Tokyo Show: Black & Brown Are Beautiful", June 30 until September 29, 2019, Courtesy of Tom Van Eynde.

Key Dates

June 13: Application opens
July 10: Virtual webinar, 1 pm CDT. (Access the recording of the virtual webinar HERE.)
August 22 (EXTENDED): Applications due by 11:30 pm CST
Late September: Interviews on site
October 20: Applicants will be notified
June 1, 2024: Program begins

Program Goals

  • To support the career of an emergent to mid-career curator by providing research and professional development support.
  • To intentionally invite diverse curatorial perspectives and expertise to the Art Center’s exhibitions program.
  • To support a curator in the development of an engaging thematic exhibition to be presented at the Art Center. 
  • To expand the networks of support for the Resident Curator by introducing them to the larger Art Center community. 
  • To introduce a rich curatorial perspective to the Art Center’s residency cohort 

Program Provides

  • An opportunity for a curator to develop a thematic group exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center
  • Staff support and professional development opportunities, including studio visits with local and visiting artists and curators, feedback sessions, exhibitions visits, and more.
  • Access to Art Center resources including use of meeting rooms, printer, digital lab, classes, opportunities to present public programs, and more.
  • A stipend of $10,000 (disbursed in three installments)
  • An exhibition budget of $5000


  • Curate a thematic group exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center (with at least 3 artists and half of the artists being Chicago-based). The exhibition cannot include artworks by the curator.
  • Meet with/attend studio visits with 3-5 resident artists each calendar year.
  • Participate in Residency community dinners (2 per year).
  • Attend a monthly meeting with exhibitions and residency staff. 
  • Develop a final exhibition proposal by November 1, 2024.
  • Collaborate with Art Center staff to develop public programs, an installation plan, and promotion related to the exhibition (to be implemented by Art Center staff).
  • Develop all interpretative materials for their curated exhibition including a short essay, wall text, and wall labels in accordance with the exhibition’s timeline (developed in collaboration with the Art Center’s exhibitions and residency staff). 
  • The Radicle Curator is not expected to hold weekly office hours at Hyde Park Art Center.


To be eligible for this program, curators must:

  • Be Chicago-based (during the duration of the entire program)
  • Not be currently enrolled in school
  • Be able to demonstrate a curatorial practice by sharing documentation of 2-3 past curatorial projects (not including curatorial projects where the curator is the sole exhibiting artist in a solo show).

Selection Criteria

  • Priority will be given to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ curators, curators with disabilities, and curators whose research and practice amplifies the voices of marginalized groups.
  • Curators whose thematic interests address urgent civic issues of our time.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Hyde Park Art Center Staff:

  • Mariela Acuna, Exhibitions and Residency Manager
  • Sofia Gabriel, Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions and Residency Programs
  • Jeff Robinson, Preparator
  • Jen Tremblay-Chambers, Co-Executive Director


At Hyde Park Art Center, we work together to meet each other’s access needs, and we aim to be adaptable and receptive. Service animals will be accommodated. All public spaces at the Art Center are wheelchair accessible.

If you have questions about accessibility accommodations in the Residency program or during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Mariela Acuña at

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