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LAUNCH Invitational Residency

LAUNCH Residency 2014

Initiated in 2013, LAUNCH Invitational Residency is a nomination-based professional development program organized every June for artists emerging from Chicago area undergraduate schools.  

Combining career development, creative practice, and community-building, LAUNCH empowers students to identify and pursue the next steps in their professional practice by introducing them to the tools, resources, and networks that will help them achieve their goals. Offered to a limited number of promising students selected by faculty, the 4-day-long experience creates an intimate, rigorous environment within which artists learn from both professionals and peers in order to develop a personalized approach to starting a fulfilling career. 

Facilitated by a team of Artist Leaders and Guest Speakers, LAUNCH’s pedagogical model focuses on practical skill-building workshops, creative activities, collaborative brainstorming sessions, and one-on-one consultations. At this critical point in their careers, the residency allows artists a chance to access tactical advice, devote time for introspection about the future, and engage with established, rising, and innovative thinkers in the field.

For more additional information, including the 2018 LAUNCH Invitational Residency Curriculum, please visit the Program Guidelines.


LAUNCH 2018 Details

The 2018 LAUNCH Invitational Residency took place June 18-21, 2018 at Chicago Artists Coalition. 

Participating schools included Chicago State University, Columbia College, DePaul University, North Park University, Northern Illinois University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, University of Illinois - Chicago... and Marwen!.

LAUNCH 2018 Artist Mentors

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to have collaborated with the 2018 LAUNCH Invitational Residency Artist Mentors, Brandon Alvendia (artist & curator, educator at Columbia College) and Selina Trepp (artist and educator at DePaul University). 


The LAUNCH application is now closed. Details for the 2019 LAUNCH Invitational Residency will be available early 2019.