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HATCH Projects Application Guidelines

Discussion of HATCH exhibition "Secular Studies," featuring works by Alejandro T. Acierto, Kayla Anderson, Ali Aschman, LeRoy Bach, Blair Bogin, and Hyounsang Yoo, and curated by Sadie Woods. Photo: Sadie Woods
Discussion of HATCH exhibition "Secular Studies," featuring works by Alejandro T. Acierto, Kayla Anderson, Ali Aschman, LeRoy Bach, Blair Bogin, and Hyounsang Yoo, and curated by Sadie Woods. Photo: Sadie Woods

HATCH Projects Curatorial Residency application is now open. Deadline extended to August 30.

HATCH Projects application for Artist Residents opens on September 4. Deadline to apply is September 27.

HATCH Projects is a competitive artist and curatorial residency program, where residents work in tandem to create conceptual group exhibitions. It is a juried, yearlong incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. Applicants who apply have trained to make art or art administration their vocation. A pioneering initiative of Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), HATCH Projects fosters shared experimentation, exchange, and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.

Please note: Artists and curators currently participating in the FIELD/WORK Residency are not eligible to apply to HATCH Projects for the upcoming session. Conversely, HATCH Residents cannot apply to the FIELD/WORK Residency until their program has concluded.
 

UPCOMING DATES FOR 2018-2019 HATCH PROJECTS APPLICATIONS

Curatorial Residency
Application opens: August 1
Application closes: August 30

Artist Residency
Application opens: September 4
Application closes: September 27

 

HATCH Projects 2018-2019 Mentor Curators:

Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions & Residency, Hyde Park Art Center
Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director, DePaul Art Museum

 


HATCH PROJECTS CURATORIAL RESIDENTS

Please read the following information carefully as the guidelines and program model have significantly changed:

New: Three Curatorial Residents are accepted into the program based on an application evaluated by three leading and established Mentor Curators and the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies. Curatorial Residents are then responsible for jurying Artist Resident applications with the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies. The Director of Exhibitions & Residencies makes final decision on selecting 12 Artist Residents. Each Curatorial Resident manages a group of 4 artists for the year to realize three innovative and experimental exhibitions and public programs at CAC. Curatorial Residents are expected to organize (1) 4-person show and (2) duo shows throughout 18 months. Curatorial Residents must commit to participating in the program from November 2018 - March 2020.

Curatorial Residents receive professional development through feedback from and working with Mentor Curators, as well as through conversations and critiques with an active peer-to-peer creative network. Through this unique hands-on experience and mentorship program, curators develop valuable insight and experience in contemporary exhibition-making.

Curatorial Resident Responsibilities:

  • Jury artists into the program along with 2 Curatorial Residents and CAC’s Director of Exhibitions and Residencies
  • Curatorial Residents are encouraged to participate in interviews with prospective Artist Residents, which are lead by the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies
  • Manage 4 artists over the course of 18 months (November 1, 2018 - March 31, 2020)
  • Curate 3 innovative group exhibitions with 4 Artist Residents: (1) 4-person show and (2) duo shows in CAC’s HATCH gallery
  • Create at least 1 public program per group exhibition
  • Meet with Mentor Curators to receive critical feedback on your exhibitions
  • Collaborate with your colleagues (both artists and curators) to implement ways to build community (studio visits, crit group, potluck dinners, reading group, etc.)
  • Invite at least 2 leading arts professional to conduct exhibition critiques with your 4 Artist Residents (honoraria provided)
  • Market HATCH Projects exhibition openings and programming to your creative community

CAC and Mentor Curators will work closely with Curatorial Residents to provide:

  • Input on Curatorial Residents' research, development, and execution of exhibitions in a professional gallery context
  • A professional and open environment to host visits with gallerists, curators, dealers, and collectors
  • Marketing support, which entails editing press releases, sending alerts to media outlets, and promoting events on social media, in CAC's e-newsletter, and on the Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) website.

SELECTION PROCESS: CURATORIAL RESIDENTS

Curator Resident submissions are evaluated by a jury of three professional peers, the Mentor Curators, from Chicago’s leading cultural institutions.

HATCH Projects is targeted toward self-motivated curators who are able to work independently and display strong management and community building skills. Curators should have a vested interest in their personal development, as well as a commitment to artists’ professional development at various levels in their careers. Curators who demonstrate an interest in contemporary art and a commitment to creating dynamic and innovative exhibitions with at least 1-3 year(s) of curatorial experience are encouraged to apply. Important: Curators must not be students -- or at any point between November 2018 - March 2020 -- and must live in the city of Chicago in order to have their application be considered.

CAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.

Curatorial Residents each receive a $1000 stipend to manage HATCH Projects.

TO APPLY TO BE A CURATORIAL RESIDENT:

  • Complete the online form here (application now open)
  • Submit 5 writing samples
  • Include an up-to-date résumé
  • List two professional references
  • Pay the non-refundable, $5 application fee

CURATORIAL RESIDENT APPLICATION DUE DATE:  AUGUST 30, 2018

 


HATCH PROJECTS ARTIST RESIDENTS

Please read the following information carefully as the guidelines and program model have significantly changed:

NEW: Twelve Artist Residents are accepted into the program based on an application evaluated by the program’s three selected Curator Residents and the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies. Finalists will be interviewed by the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies and Curatorial Residents on Wednesday, October 24 or Friday, October 26, between 9 am - 5pm. The Director of Exhibitions & Residencies makes the final decision on selecting the 12 Artist Residents.

Artist Residents are divided into groups of 4 to work with one Curator Resident throughout the year. Selected artists will participate in two exhibitions curated by the group’s assigned Curatorial Resident: (1) 4-person show and (1) duo show. Each Artist Resident receives professional development through dynamic exhibitions, one-on-one studio visits, public programs, and community building to develop a sustainable creative practice. Through this unique hands-on experience and professional development program, Artist Residents develop valuable insight and experience in contemporary exhibition making.

CAC and HATCH Projects Curatorial Residents work closely with Artist Residents to:

  • Provide two innovative exhibition opportunities: (1) 4-person show and (1) duo show
  • Provide two exhibition critiques by leading arts professionals
  • Facilitate and build an engaging and active arts community and professional development network
  • Provide the opportunity to develop, exhibit, and sell artist residents’ work in a professional gallery context
  • Encourage artist residents to activate the exhibition space through creative public programs and events
  • Provide the organizational infrastructure and professional environment to host visits with gallerists, curators, dealers, and collectors
  • Coordinate exhibition programming with BOLT Residency to maximize attendance at openings
  • Provide full marketing support to the press and arts community, including press releases and postcards
  • Provide full and free access to CAC’s FIELD/WORK, a series of intensive educational workshops and consultations designed to build artists’ professional business skills (registration required)
  • Gain exposure and expand audience through CAC’s public programming

SELECTION PROCESS:  ARTIST RESIDENTS

Artist Resident submissions are evaluated by a jury of the three selected Curatorial Residents and CAC’s Director of Exhibitions and Residencies.

HATCH Projects is targeted toward self-motivated artists who are able to work successfully both independently and as active participants of a creative community. Artists should display a vested interest in their professional development and in building community. Artists who take risks in producing innovative, new and challenging work and can demonstrate a commitment to contemporary art are encouraged to apply.

Artists working in the disciplines of visual, performance, and sound arts are welcome to apply. Important: Artist Residents must reside in Chicago during the residency period and are not students. Artist Residents must also commit to participating in the full-length of the program: November 1, 2018 - March 31, 2020.

Chicago Artists Coalition strongly encourages and welcomes emerging and established artists of color and/or LGBTQ+ to apply to the residency program. CAC believes that the arts are essential to leading a full and productive life and affirms its support for making the arts available to all people, including those with physical disabilities.

CONTRACTS AND FEES

As a commitment to equity, inclusivity and accessibility, CAC is eliminating program fees for HATCH Projects in an effort to reduce barriers to application and participation. Please note: a key deposit of $50 will be required to confirm your participation. 

  • New: Artist Residents will pay no program fees for 2018-2019 session.
  • Applicants must sign a contract and provide a key deposit ($50) by November 1, 2018.

TO APPLY TO BE AN ARTIST RESIDENT:

  • Complete the online form here (application opens September 4, 2018)
  • Upload your current curriculum vitae
  • Submit 10-15 images
  • Pay the non-refundable, $15 application fee

ARTIST RESIDENT APPLICATION DUE DATE:  SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

 


IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2018

August 1: Curatorial Resident Application Released
August 30:  Curatorial Resident Application Due
Mid-September: Curatorial Resident Candidates Notified
September 17 - 21, 24 - 28: Curatorial Resident Candidate Interviews
September 4: Artist Resident Application Released 
September 27:  Artist Resident Application Due
October 1 - 12: Curatorial Residents Deliberate
Mid-October: HATCH Resident Candidates Notified
October 24 or 26: HATCH Resident Candidate Interviews (9 am - 5 pm)
November 1: HATCH Projects begins

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Teresa E. Silva, Director of Exhibitions & Residencies, at teresa@chicagoartistscoalition.org