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BOLT Residency

BOLT Residency is a highly competitive, juried, one-year artist studio residency program offering emerging and established artists the opportunity to engage the Chicago arts community and its public in critical dialogue about contemporary art. Applicants must be a resident of the city of Chicago. Works on paper, sculpture, painting, photography, new media, installation, film, performance, and sound artists are encouraged to apply. BOLT Residency studios have an open floor plan with each studio measuring approximately 200 square feet.

HATCH Projects is a yearlong, juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. HATCH fosters shared experimentation, exchange, and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs. Applicants must be a resident of the city of Chicago.

Artist Residents are divided into groups of four to work with one Curatorial Resident. Selected artists will participate in a duo exhibition curated by the group’s assigned Curatorial Resident. 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 and Curatorial Residents develop valuable insight and experience in contemporary exhibition making


Chicago, Illinois: United States

Located at the Chicago Artists Coalition’s brand new 6,700-square-foot facility in the vibrant Kinzie Industrial Corridor, BOLT Residency provides workspace, creative community, exhibition opportunities and professional development for Chicago-based, contemporary artists.


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Complete application online, link found at

  • Application deadline: March 15, September 29, August 04
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    BOLT Residency application due March 15. HATCH Curatorial Residency due August 4 HATCH Artist Residency due September 29

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Potluck meals before critiques
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    ADA accessible

Residency Fees

No residency fees. Nominal cost for insurance purposes.

Stipends / other support

Exhibition production stipend available // BOLT Residency: 25 studio visits with leading professionals // HATCH Projects: Curatorial Residents are provided a Curatorial Mentor / Artist Residents receive 2-3 peer studio visits with leading professionals

Additional expectations / opportunities

BOLT Residency: Artists work towards exhibiting a solo show at the Chicago Artists Coalition // HATCH Projects: Curators organize two duo exhibitions / Artists work toward one duo exhibition

Contact Information

2130-40 W. Fulton St.
(new address as of June 2018)
Chicago, Illinois 60612
United States