Monira Residencies, Chicago

Open studio space

Open studio space

Monira Residencies, Chicago

Chicago, IL, United States

The Monira Residency Chicago is a performance and visual arts collaborative residency that is project driven. We are looking to support artist collaborations or individual artists whose work exists in the performance and visual art cross section. This is a broadly defined area that can include any visual art practice and any movement practice. The Monira Foundation will support artists for 6 month periods beginning in July 2023 to create a new work that will be exhibited in a public presentation at the end of the residency (December 2023 or June 2024). Applications may be submitted by individual artists whose work operates in this intersection or from artist collaborations who are looking to create new works.

Selected Artists have access to a private studio that is  300 sq/ft for their 6 month residency. The space comes equipped with a basic studio work table, chairs, and a small portable sprung wood dance floor. The spaces are adaptable to artists’ needs with electrical outlets and internet access. The Foundation will also supply a $350 honorarium to the lead applicant to support the project and access to a dance space through High Concept Labs, our programming partners (also located in the same building). There is also selected equipment available for shared use during the time of the residency. This includes projectors and some audio equipment.

The Monira Foundation will support the final presentation for each project at the end of the residence


2233 S Throop
Chicago, IL 60608
United States

Year Founded
Residency Structure
Associated with a foundation
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (no housing)
Residency Length
6 months - 6 months
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Performance Art
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
How does your residency program support artists?
Unstructured time
Restricted funding
Access to studio space to create new work
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Additional Eligibility Information

Application and Selection Process:

Applications will open in February of 2023. In each application we ask you to provide bios for each applicant (if applying as a collaborative), a project proposal (250 words), a tentative plan for your time in the studio, and to submit 5 images of your work. Images should include samples of completed projects and a possible mock up of the proposed project (if possible). No composite images or files with multiple images will be accepted. Individual slide images only. Images and statements cannot  have artist names or identification on them. Image Descriptions should include title, media, year, and description.  Our aim is to keep this application equitable and heavily focused on the work submitted. Reviewers will not see applicant names during the process and only have access to the artist statement, the program statement and the portfolio.

Each application will also ask for general information and a recent resume for internal use only. Please make sure your Slideroom account is up to date when submitting as we rely on their system to communicate during this process.

The Monira Foundation will convene a panel of arts professionals from Chicago through the support of our advisory board to select an artist or artist collaborative for the 2 residency slots in the upcoming year. This selection panel will only be announced after each cycle (8-10 weeks after the open call ends) and will change year to year. For application questions please contact Anne Muntges at

Jurors look for

  1. Artistic Excellence: work that is compelling with a distinct voice and vision.
  2. Evidence of Commitment: A history of active engagement in creating artwork and presenting it publicly, and does the proposed work seem feasible based on history of practice.
  3. Impact: Will this residency help the artist(s) further their practice?
  4. Engagement: Will artist participating engage with the community at the Monira Foundation and the general public through studio visits and community programming.

Monira Foundation’s Artist in Residence Program, Chicago supports artists with established careers who work in any visual arts media and performance. All applicants must be at least 21, American citizens or residents of the United States during the residency period, not be enrolled in a degree-granting program or other residencies at the time of their residency, and be able to demonstrate an understanding of our program. We encourage artists working in all visual media to apply.

The Monira Foundation is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups regardless of age, sex, race or ability. The Monira Foundation will not discriminate among any of these grounds and encourages all established artists who would benefit from this program to apply.

Special Notes:

Artists who are accepted into the program must be prepared to actively use their studio space and not be enrolled in any other program during their residency. Residency periods are from July – December 2023 and January to June 2024.The residency takes place at 2233 S Throop St, (inside Mana Contemporary).

The assigned residency studio has 24 hour 7 day a week access and is equipped with a table and two stools. It is roughly 300 sq/ft. Regular studio hours for the dance studio are 08 am to midnight. Subject to availability, the studio may be scheduled an average of 8 to 12 hours per week, as single or split days through High Concept Labs. The dance studio is a shared space. Return it to the same, or better, condition as you found it when arriving.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Manual / handbook before arrival
Full description of accessibility on campus
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Universally designed
Additional Accessibility Information

The Monira Foundation welcomes all and is happy to accommodate all visitors when they visit or participate in our exhibitions, residencies, and programs.

In Chicago, there are wheelchair ramps from the parking lot into the building on the east side of the building. There is one elevator onsite available for use 24/7 and all hallways and doorways are ADA compliant. Ample signage is posted to make moving through the grounds as easy as possible. All restrooms are wheelchair accessible and located on all floors in the building. Guide animals are welcome.

Large type programs are available on request for exhibitions and special programs. Sign Language interpretation is available on request for special programming. All requests should be made two weeks in advance of need (as best as possible).

For questions, needs or any concerns, about how to make your visit fully accessible please contact Anne Muntges at She will work with all to help provide any assistance needed to make your visit great.



No housing accommodations available
Accessibility Contact Name
Anne Muntges
Accessibility Contact Email
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

The spaces used by the residency are easily accessed by all and there are no limitations for mobility.

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.


Type of Housing
Accessible Housing
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Accessible Communal Spaces
Universally designed
Meals Provided
Additional Meals Information
Computer/Internet Access
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Dance Studio With Sprung Floor
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Universally designed
Studio Support/Tech
On-call Studio support provided
Air Conditioned