Chicago Artists Coalition's BOLT and HATCH residencies offer artists and curators unique opportunities to develop their practices, collaborate, and exchange ideas



Application details

The BOLT Artist Residency Application is now closed.

BOLT is a one-year juried residency program for emerging and mid-career Chicago artists offers onsite studio space and monthly visits by influential artists and art professionals. Please read COVID-19 Update below (last updated 07/28/2021).

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, which will be on view for six weeks.

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.

COVID-19 Safety Measures for BOLT Residents

CAC has moved some programming and residency meetings online, so that community building, public engagement, and critical peer feedback remain robust aspects of the program. 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. Six residents can be in the studios at the same time, if they are working in their studio or standing socially distanced. 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 a schedule.

CAC takes the following precautions to minimize the spread of infection: in accordance with our building’s regulations, masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times, including but not limited to: CAC’s galleries, studios, offices, and multi-use space; and the building’s corridors, bathrooms, lobby, loading dock and outside the building near the entrances.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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. However, it is the responsibility of the visitor to bring a mask and they must use hand sanitizer upon entering the space and submit to a temperature check. Surfaces will be disinfected before and after visits to the space.

For questions or concerns contact Aileen Cortez at aileen[@] chicagoartistscoalition or Anthony Williams at cac[@]

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