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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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.
BOLT Studio Visitors
- Alison Cuddy, Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director
- Anastasia Tinari, Director at Richard Gray Gallery
- Asha Iman Veal, Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
- Candida Alvarez, 2021 recipient of the Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting
- Carla Acevedo-Yates, Larry and Marilyn Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
- Deborah Stratman, Associate Professor of Art, University of Illinois-Chicago
- Dieter Roelstraete, Curator at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
- Edra Soto, Artist, curator, educator, and co-director of the outdoor project space, The Franklin
- Elliot Reichert, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Eskenazi Museum of Art
- Faye Gleisser, Assistant Professor at Indiana University Bloomington
- Hamza Walker, Director of LAXART
- Harold Mendez, Chicago based artist
- Hendrik Folkerts, Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago
- 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
- Janine Mileaf, Executive Director, Arts Club Chicago
- Jefferson Godard, Curator at Salina Art Center
- John Neff, Curatorial Board member at Chicago’s Iceberg Projects
- Jordan Carter, Associate Curator of the Art Institute of Chicago's department of Modern and Contemporary Art
- Joshua Proctor, Chicago based
- Karen Irvine, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
- Kristin Korolowicz, Chicago based Independent Curator
- Lorelei Stewart, Director and Chief Curator, Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago
- Maria Gaspar, Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Mario Ybarra, Jr., Artist-In-Residence at Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM)
- Mark Jeffery, Faculty Member, Performance Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Mary Coyne, Research Associate, Contemporary Art at Art Institute of Chicago
- Megha Ralapati, Residency and Special Projects Manager at Hyde Park Art Center
- Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
- Naomi Beckwith, Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
- Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Artist
- Risa Puleo, Independent Curator based in Chicago
- Roberto Sifuentes, Graduate Advisor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- Robyn Farrell, Associate Curator in the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Modern and Contemporary Art
- Sabina Ott, Artist and Columbia College Chicago professor
- Steven L. Bridges, Senior Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs of MSU Broad Art Museum
- Tricia Van Eck, Artistic Director and Founder of 6108North
- Yesomi Umolu, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Practice for the Serpentine Galleries
For questions or concerns contact Aileen Cortez at aileen[@] chicagoartistscoalition or Anthony Williams at cac[@]chicagoartistscoalition.org
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