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

HATCH Curatorial Residency application is now open. Apply by August 29.
Artist application opens on September 3.

HATCH is a competitive artist and curatorial residency program, where residents work in tandem to create conceptual group exhibitions. It is a juried, yearlong incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. Applicants who apply have trained to make art or art administration their vocation. A pioneering initiative of the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), HATCH fosters shared experimentation, exchange, and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.

Please note: Artists and curators currently participating in the FIELD/WORK residency are not eligible to apply to HATCH for the 2019-2020 session. Conversely, HATCH residents cannot apply to the FIELD/WORK residency until their program has concluded.


Curatorial Residency
Application opens: August 1
Application closes: August 29

Artist Residency
Application opens: September 3
Application closes: September 26

HATCH 2019-2020 Mentor Curators:

Ellen Hartwell Alderman, Managing Director of Public Programs, Graham Foundation

More names to be announced.


Please read the following information carefully as the guidelines and program model have significantly changed:

New: Three curatorial residents are accepted into the program, based on an application evaluated by three senior curators as mentors and the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies. Curatorial residents are then responsible for evaluating artist applications with the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies. The Director of Exhibitions & Residencies will, in dialogue with curatorial residents, make the decision on the final selection of 12 artists-in-residence. Each curatorial resident manages a group of four artists for the year to realize professional and experimental exhibitions and public programming. Curatorial residents are expected to organize two small group shows (2-, 3-, or 4-person shows) independently, and one survey show (12-person show) as a curatorial collective. Curatorial residents must commit to the residency, from November 2019 - March 2021, and live in the city of Chicago for the duration of the program.

Curatorial residents receive professional development through feedback from and working with mentor curators, as well as through conversations and critiques with an active peer-to-peer creative network. Through this unique, hands-on experience and mentorship program, curators develop valuable insight and experience in contemporary exhibition-making.

Curatorial Resident Responsibilities:

  • Jury artists into the program along with two curatorial residents and Director of Exhibitions & Residencies;
  • Participate in interviews with prospective artist residents, which are led by the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies;
  • Manage four artists during the residency, from November 2019 - March 2021;
  • Curate three innovative group exhibitions: two small group shows (2-, 3-, or 4-person) and one large group show (12-person);
  • Create at least one public program per group exhibition;
  • Meet with mentor curators periodically to receive critical feedback on your exhibitions;
  • Collaborate with your colleagues (both artists and curators) to implement ways to build community (studio visits, critique groups, potluck dinners, reading group, etc.)
  • Invite at least two leading arts professional to conduct exhibition critiques with your four artists-in-residence (honoraria provided);
  • Promote HATCH exhibition openings and programming to your community and attend the events.

CAC and mentor curators will work closely with curatorial residents to provide:

  • Input on curatorial residents' research, development, and execution of exhibitions in a professional gallery context;
  • A professional and open environment to host visits with gallerists, curators, dealers, and collectors;
  • Marketing support, including: editing press releases, sending media alerts, and promoting events in CAC's newsletter, social media, and the Visualist.


Curatorial resident submissions are evaluated by a jury of three professional peers, the Mentor Curators, from Chicago’s leading cultural institutions.

HATCH Projects is targeted toward self-motivated curators who are able to work independently and display strong management and community building skills. Curators should have a vested interest in their personal development, as well as a commitment to artists’ professional development at various levels in their careers. Curators who demonstrate an interest in contemporary art and a commitment to creating dynamic and innovative exhibitions with 1-3 year(s) of curatorial experience are encouraged to apply. Important: Curators must not be students -- or at any point between November 2019 - March 2021 -- and must live in the city of Chicago in order to have their application be considered.

CAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.

Curatorial residents each receive a $1000 stipend and $200 honorarium for guest critics.


  • Complete the online form (application now open)
  • Submit 2 writing samples and 3-5 images
  • Include a current 1-2 page résumé
  • List two professional references
  • Pay the non-refundable, $5 application fee



Please read the following information carefully as the guidelines and program model have significantly changed:

NEW: Twelve Artist Residents are accepted into the program based on an application evaluated by the program’s three selected Curator Residents and the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies. Finalists will be interviewed by the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies and Curatorial Residents on Wednesday, October 24 or Friday, October 26, between 9 am - 5pm. The Director of Exhibitions & Residencies makes the final decision on selecting the 12 Artist Residents.

Artist Residents are divided into groups of 4 to work with one Curator Resident throughout the year. Selected artists will participate in two exhibitions curated by the group’s assigned Curatorial Resident: (1) 4-person show and (1) duo show. Each Artist Resident receives professional development through dynamic exhibitions, one-on-one studio visits, public programs, and community building to develop a sustainable creative practice. Through this unique hands-on experience and professional development program, Artist Residents develop valuable insight and experience in contemporary exhibition making.

CAC and HATCH Projects Curatorial Residents work closely with Artist Residents to:

  • Provide two innovative exhibition opportunities: (1) 4-person show and (1) duo show
  • Provide two exhibition critiques by leading arts professionals
  • Facilitate and build an engaging and active arts community and professional development network
  • Provide the opportunity to develop, exhibit, and sell artist residents’ work in a professional gallery context
  • Encourage artist residents to activate the exhibition space through creative public programs and events
  • Provide the organizational infrastructure and professional environment to host visits with gallerists, curators, dealers, and collectors
  • Coordinate exhibition programming with BOLT Residency to maximize attendance at openings
  • Provide full marketing support to the press and arts community, including press releases and postcards
  • Provide full and free access to CAC’s FIELD/WORK, a series of intensive educational workshops and consultations designed to build artists’ professional business skills (registration required)
  • Gain exposure and expand audience through CAC’s public programming


Artist Resident submissions are evaluated by a jury of the three selected Curatorial Residents and CAC’s Director of Exhibitions and Residencies.

HATCH Projects is targeted toward self-motivated artists who are able to work successfully both independently and as active participants of a creative community. Artists should display a vested interest in their professional development and in building community. Artists who take risks in producing innovative, new and challenging work and can demonstrate a commitment to contemporary art are encouraged to apply.

Artists working in the disciplines of visual, performance, and sound arts are welcome to apply. Important: Artist Residents must reside in Chicago during the residency period and are not students. Artist Residents must also commit to participating in the full-length of the program: November 1, 2018 - March 31, 2020.

Chicago Artists Coalition strongly encourages and welcomes emerging and established artists of color and/or LGBTQ+ to apply to the residency program. CAC believes that the arts are essential to leading a full and productive life and affirms its support for making the arts available to all people, including those with physical disabilities.


As a commitment to equity, inclusivity and accessibility, CAC is eliminating program fees for HATCH Projects in an effort to reduce barriers to application and participation. Please note: a key deposit of $50 will be required to confirm your participation.

  • New: Artist Residents will pay no program fees for 2018-2019 session.
  • Applicants must sign a contract and provide a key deposit ($50) by November 1, 2018.


  • Complete the online form here (application closes September 27, 2018)
  • Submit 11-15 images of your work
  • Include an up-to-date résumé
  • List two professional references
  • ​Pay the non-refundable, $12 application fee



August 1: Curatorial Resident Application ReleasedAugust 30: Curatorial Resident Application DueMid-September: Curatorial Resident Candidates NotifiedSeptember 17 - 21, 24 - 28: Curatorial Resident Candidate Interviews
September 4: Artist Resident Application Released September 27: Artist Resident Application DueOctober 1 - 12: Curatorial Residents DeliberateMid-October: HATCH Resident Candidates Notified
October 24 or 26: HATCH Resident Candidate Interviews (9 am - 5 pm)November 1: HATCH Projects begins


Contact Teresa Silva, Director of Exhibitions & Residencies, at teresa (at) chicagoartistscoalition (dot) org

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