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Bolt Residency

BOLT Residency

Gwynne Johnson (2011-2012 resident), "This Doubtful Paradise"
Gwynne Johnson, "This Doubtful Paradise" (installation view). Photo courtesy of the artist.

BOLT Residency is a highly competitive, juried, one-year artist studio residency program offering contemporary emerging artists the opportunity to engage the Chicago arts community and its public in critical dialogue about contemporary art.

The residency provides nine professional open-plan studios and a 500-square-foot, dedicated gallery space. BOLT takes a holistic approach to the development of residents’ artistic careers by providing studio work space, exhibition opportunities and support, professional development, and creative community.
BOLT is structured to provide artists with myriad resources and comprehensive support to create, build upon and sustain a long-term career in the arts.
Applications Released

2014-15 applications for BOLT Residency are now available.  View complete program description and guidelines.

Apply for the 2014-15 BOLT Residency


BOLT Residency
Snakes and LaddersSnakes and Ladders is a new show by Reut Avisar that brings together selected works from the past two years. This exhibition is one suggestion for an assembled narrative from the different fragments of the artist’s studio work, an installation that is an orchestrated “Elsewhere”. From ceramics souvenir plates, through appropriated found tapestries and rugs to borrowed images from truism magazines; the pieces in this solo show present a peak into a multidisciplinary practice that investigat
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Snakes and Ladders

Friday, April 4, 2014 to Thursday, April 24, 2014
Opening reception: April 4, 2014, 6-9 pm

A solo exhibition by BOLT Resident Reut Avisar presents a peek into a multidisciplinary practice that investigates the circulation of culturally loaded objects and artifacts through time, place, and political forces.

BOLT Residency
Jovencio de la Paz and Oli Rodriguez

"I want something more than my husband and my house."

Friday, May 2, 2014 to Thursday, May 22, 2014
Opening reception: Friday May 2, 2014, 6-9pm

In "I want something more than my husband and my house." BOLT Residents Jovencio de la Paz and Oli Rodriguez present an exhibition dealing with flipped material languages, inverted volumes, and tense surfaces.

BOLT Residency
Kim Harty

Human Factors

Friday, May 30, 2014 to Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Opening reception: Friday May 30, 2014, 6-9pm

In her solo exhibition, BOLT Resident Kim Harty attempts to capture and deconstruct the performance of her art making practice.

Bolt Residents

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