BOLT is a juried residency program for emerging and mid-career Chicago artists. We offer onsite studio space and monthly visits by influential artists and art professionals throughout the first year of the program. In the second year, each resident will exhibit a solo show.
How the BOLT residency works
BOLT focuses on helping artists advance their career in an environment that allows for expansive thinking and opportunities to engage with co-residents in a group setting. Each of the six (6) selected residents will create artwork in a professional studio space at the Chicago Artists Coalition. CAC studios are an open-plan to foster connection and exchange between co-residents.
Additionally, residents have access to influential artists, curators, and educators through individual studio visits. All residents work towards the mounting of their solo exhibitions.
BOLT residency provides:
- Six (6) professional open-plan onsite studios
- 400-square-foot gallery space for a solo exhibition
- Monthly studio visits by outside curators, artists, writers, and others
- The program is non-residential: no room/board is offered.
BOLT studios are accessible 24 hours/7 days a week to BOLT Residents who have keys. It is the responsibility of the artists-in-residence to clean surfaces upon entering and exiting the studios and to remove trash.
Apply to BOLT
The BOLT Artist Residency Application for 2024-26 is now closed.
Candidates will be notified by April 1, 2024 for a July 1, 2024 residency start.
COVID-19 Safety Measures for BOLT Residents
CAC will continue to monitor COVID-19 infection rates and take appropriate precautions. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you stay home.
CAC will utilize air purifiers in the studios, galleries, and offices to adequately cover the square footage and will regularly replace filters. Hand sanitizer pump bottles and masks will be available for use, while supplies last.
Given that everyone’s comfort level is different, BOLT residents must collectively agree on the number of guests or residents who could be in the studios at a given time and schedule. Residents may request that additional precautions be taken, including wearing masks during studio visits.
Past BOLT Studio Visitors
- Alison Cuddy, former Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director at the Chicago Humanities Festival
- Anastasia Tinari, Director at the Richard Gray Gallery
- Anna Kunz, Senior Lecturer at Columbia College and Professional Artist
- Asha Iman Veal, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography
- Bana Kattan, Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
- Candida Alvarez, Artist and Educator, 2021 recipient at the Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting
- Carla Acevedo-Yates, Larry and Marilyn Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
- Claudine Ise, Owner and Director of Goldfinch Gallery
- Deborah Stratman, Professor of Art of the University at the Illinois-Chicago
- Dieter Roelstraete, Curator at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
- Edra Soto, Artist, Educator, Curator and Co-Director of The Franklin
- Elliot Reichert, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Eskenazi Museum of Art
- Emanuel Aguilar, Owner and Director of Patron Gallery
- Faye R. Gleisser, Assistant Professor of Art History at Indiana University Bloomington
- Hamza Walker, Director of LAXART
- Harold Mendez, Los Angeles-based Artist
- Hendrik Folkerts, Dittmer Curator of International Contemporary Art at Moderna Museet
- Ionit Behar, Assistant Curator at DePaul Art Museum
- Karsten Lund, Curator at The Renaissance Society
- Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Block Museum of Art
- Janine Mileaf, Executive Director and Chief Curator at The Arts Club of Chicago
- Jefferson Godard, Curator at Salina Art Center
- John Neff, Artist, Curator, and Educator
- Jordan Carter, Curator at Dia Art Foundation
- Jacob Proctor, Gilbert and Ann Kinney New York Collector at Archives of American Art
- Karen Irvine, Chief Curator and Deputy Director at the Museum of Contemporary Photography
- Kristin Korolowicz, Director at Patron Gallery
- Lorelei Stewart, Director and Chief Curator at Gallery 400
- Maria Gaspar, Artist and Educator
- Mario Ybarra Jr., Los Angeles-based Artist and Educator
- Mark Jeffery, Associate Professor of Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Mary Coyne, Research Associate of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago
- Megha Ralapati, Residency and Special Projects Manager at Hyde Park Art Center
- Michael Darling, Cofounder and Chief Growth Officer at the Museum Exchange
- Myriam Ben Salah, Writer, Curator, and Executive Director and Chief Curator at the Renaissance Society
- Naomi Beckwith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at Guggenheim Museum
- Nathaniel Mary Quinn, New York-based Artist
- Risa Puleo, Chicago based Independent Curator and Writer
- Roberto Sifuentes, Artist, Educator and Cofounder of La Pocha Nostra
- Robyn Farrell, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago
- Sabina Ott, Artist and Professor of Fine Arts at Columbia College Chicago
- Steven L. Bridges, Senior Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs at MSU Broad Art Museum
- Tricia Van Eck, Founder and Artistic Director at 6108North
- Yesomi Umolu, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Practice at Serpentine Galleries
If you have any questions or concerns contact: contact[@]chicagoartistscoalition[.org]
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