Monira Residencies, Chicago

Open studio space

Open studio space

Residnt Lyra Hil in Studio with their work on the walls (2023)

Residnt Lyra Hil in Studio with their work on the walls (2023)

Monira Residencies, Chicago

Chicago, IL, United States

The Monira Residency Chicago is a 12-month residency that provides established working artists with a nurturing environment in which to create their work. This year, we will award one artist a studio. 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 media and in interdisciplinary practices to apply. The residency will begin in August 2024. Applications may be submitted by individual artists or from artist collaborations who are looking to create new works.

Selected Artists have access to a private 300 sq/ft studio for their 12-month residency. The space has a basic studio work table, chairs, and a small portable sprung wood dance floor. It is adaptable to artists’ needs and has electrical outlets and internet access. The Foundation will also supply a $500 honorarium to the lead applicant to support their work.


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
12 months - 12 months
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
May apply as a team
Digital Media
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Multimedia Arts
Visual Arts
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
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:


In each application, we ask you to provide an artist statement (150 words), a statement that tells us why you are interested in the Monira Residencies Program (250 words), and to submit 5 images or videos of your work. It can be in any media, though note that our program best serves visual art practices. No composite images or files with multiple images exceeding the 5 requested will be accepted (the application will not be reviewed). You may share video links that are uploaded on a PDF page as part of your portfolio. (one link per submission) Each link will be viewed as part of the 5  and not additional. Only 5 works will be reviewed, and no more. Please note in the description which sections to view and remove and password restrictions. Videos, images,  and statements cannot have artist names or identification on them as we work hard to keep our applications blind. Image descriptions should include title, media, year, and relevant description.

We aim to keep this application equitable and heavily focused on the work submitted. Reviewers will not see applicant names during the process and will only have access to the artist statement, the program statement, and the portfolio. They will not spend more than 10-15 minutes on each application, so plan accordingly.

Each application will also ask for general information and a recent resume for internal use only. Artists are not selected based on their showing record, They are selected for their work and readiness to undertake a yearlong residency. Please ensure 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 to select the artist for the upcoming year. This panel will only be announced after each cycle (about 10 weeks after the open call ends) and will change yearly. We will likely send notifications in late June this cycle. For application questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Anne Muntges at

Jurors look for:

  • Artistic Excellence: compelling work with a distinct voice and vision.
  • Evidence of Commitment: A history of active engagement in creating artwork and presenting it publicly
  • Impact: Will this residency help artists further their practice and/or career?
  • Engagement: Will artists participating engage with the community at the Monira Foundation and the general public through studio visits and community programming?
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.

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
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Universally designed
Studio Support/Tech
On-call Studio support provided
Air Conditioned