HATCH Projects Artist Residents

HATCH Projects Artists
Twenty-four Artist Residents are accepted into the program based on an application evaluated by the programs four selected Curator Residents. Artist Residents are divided into groups of six to work with one Curator Resident throughout the year. Selected participants will participate in two exhibitions curated by the groups assigned Curator 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 mentorship professional development program, Artist Residents develop valuable insight and experience in contemporary exhibition making.

 CAC and HATCH Projects Curators will work closely with Artist Residents to:

  • Provide two innovative exhibition opportunities: (1) three-person show and (1) six-person show
  • Provide two studio visits/portfolio reviews by leading arts professionals
  • Offer critical feedback by one of four leading, established curators (Lisa Dorin, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago; Sarah Herda, Executive Director, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; Lisa Yun Lee, Director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Tricia Van Eck, Founder and Director, 6018 North)
  • Facilitate and build an engaging and active arts community and professional development network
  • Provide the opportunity to develop, exhibit and sell their work in a professional gallery context
  • Encourage artists to activate the exhibition space through creative public programs and events
  • Offer third-party exhibition opportunities, projects, and Chicago art fairs (such as MDW, Chicago Artists Month, CAC’s Annual Fundraiser Starving Artist, Groupon event, TOMS sponsored event, Pop-Up Spaces, Merchandise Mart Showrooms, etc)
  • 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 Art.Business.Create (A.B.C), a series of intensive educational workshops and consultations designed to build artists’ professional business skills
  • Gain exposure and expand audience through CAC’s public programming


July 16: Artist Resident Application Released
August 27: Selected Curator Residents Notified
October 1: Artist Resident Applications Due
October 1-12: Curator Residents Deliberate
October 15: Selected Artist Residents Notified
November 1: HATCH Projects begins


Artist Resident submissions are evaluated by a jury of four Curator Residents and CAC’s Director of Exhibitions and Community Initiatives. The 2012-2013 jury will be released September 2, 2012.

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.

All types of disciplines welcome.

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


Artist Resident Professional Development Program Fees: $50/month or $600/year.
Applicants must sign contract and provide security deposit ($50) by October 20, 2012.


Applicants need to reside in Chicago during residency.


Applicants must complete the online application by visiting: https://chicagoartists.slideroom.com/. Application will be made available on July 16.

To apply:
Complete online form
Upload Resume/CV
Submit 5-10 images
Pay non-refundable, $20 application fee

For more information, please contact Cortney Lederer, Director of Exhibitions and Community Initiatives at cortney@chicagoartistscoalition.org.


DEADLINE: October 1, 2012

SOURCE: http://chicagoartistscoalition.org/hatch-projects-artist-residents/