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Arts + Public Life | University of Chicago

The Arts and Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture residency programs are open to Chicago-based artists and groups whose work explores issues of race, politics and culture. The residency programs aim to advance the opportunities available to artists who are underrepresented in the Chicago and national arts scenes.

Our ten-month Artist-In-Residence program places specific emphasis on those whose work critically engages issues of race and ethnicity and works to advance their artistic ambitions and opportunities. During this program, resident artists have access to rehearsal, performance, and exhibition space at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, as well as access to the academic and research resources of the University.


Chicago, Illinois: United States

The Artists-in-Residence have studio space in the Washington Park Arts Incubator facility, creating an internal network and engaging the community on that site while becoming fully immersed in the artistic and intellectual life of the University, primarily through our programmatic partner, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture. Artists have access to the University for research resources, courses, master classes, and workshops appropriate to each artist’s discipline, and for conversations and collaborations with faculty and students. In addition, there will be ongoing interaction between the artists and the Logan Center, which will be another locus for presentation of the artists’ works.


  • Residency Length: 10 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 3


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Artists currently enrolled in an academic program are not eligible.

    Applicants must be based in Chicago, have merit of past work / demonstrated excellence in field, and have the potential to deepen and grow creative practice, and impact and engage the communities of the University of Chicago, Washington Park neighborhood, and city of Chicago at large.

  • Application deadline: June 07
  • Application Ongoing: No

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Additional studio information: 
    Optional 600- to 800-square foot studios with Wi-Fi. Facilities access include: basic woodshop; audio/video equipment; University libraries and archives; rehearsal and performance spaces.

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Optional participation in new and developing public programs; Participation in at least one Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop meeting; Access to public events on campus especially those sponsored by the Race Center, Arts Incubator, and Logan Center; Access to residency alumni network

Contact Information

301 E Garfield Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60637
United States