HATCH Projects Curator Residents

HATCH Projects Curators
Twenty-four Curator Residents are accepted into the program based on an application evaluated by four leading and established Mentor 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; Tricia Van Eck, Founder and Director, 6018 North and one additional Curator to be announced at a later date). Curator Residents are then responsible for selecting the twenty-four Artists Residents. Each Curator Resident manages a group of six artists for the year to realize three innovative and experimental exhibitions and public programs at CAC.  In addition, curators receive professional development through feedback from and working with Mentor Curators, as well as through conversations and critiques with an active peer-to-peer creative network. Through this unique hands-on experience and mentorship program, curators develop valuable insight and experience in contemporary exhibition making. Curator Residents are encouraged to take risks in producing.

 Curator Residents Responsibilities:

  • Market HATCH Projects to your artist community
  • Jury artists into the program along with other Curator Residents and CAC’s Director of Exhibitions
  • Manage six artists over the course of one year with the assistance of CAC’s Curatorial Interns
  • Meet with Mentor Curators and receive critical feedback on your initial proposal and in-person install for your six-person exhibition
  • Meet with your colleagues (both artists and curators) regularly to implement strategies for building community
  • Curate three innovative exhibitions with your group of six Artist Residents: (2) three-person shows (1) six-person show in CAC’s professional 2500 sq ft gallery space
  • Invite at least two colleagues to conduct studio visits/portfolio reviews with your six Artist Residents (honorariums provided)
  • Activate the exhibition space through creative public programs and events on contemporary curatorial practice (optional, pending interest)
  • Facilitate and build an engaging and active arts community and professional development network (critiques, potlucks, studio visits, etc)

 CAC and Mentor Curators will work closely with Curator Residents to:

  • Provide the opportunity to research, develop, and realize an exhibition in a professional gallery context
  • Provide the organizational infrastructure and professional environment to host visits with gallerists, curators, dealers, and collectors
  • Offer organized Curatorial Assistant interns to assist with all administrative tasks
  • 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
  • Gain exposure and expand audience through public programming


July 3: Curator Resident Application Released
July 16: Artist Resident Application Released
August 15: Curator Resident Applications Due
August 16-24: Mentor Curators Deliberate
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


Curator Resident submissions are evaluated by a jury of four professional peers from Chicago’s leading cultural institutions. The 2012-2013 jury: Lisa Dorin, Lisa Yun Lee, Sarah Herda and Tricia Van Eck.

HATCH Projects is targeted toward self-motivated curators who are able to work independently and display strong management and community building skills. Curators should have a vested interest in their personal development as well as a commitment to artists’ professional development at various levels in their careers. Curators who demonstrate an interest in contemporary art and a commitment to creating dynamic and innovative exhibitions with at least three years of curatorial experience are encouraged to apply.

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

Curator Residents each receive a $1000 stipend to manage HATCH Projects’ with support from a private foundation.


Applicants need to reside in Chicago during residency.


Applicants must complete the online application by visiting: https://chicagoartists.slideroom.com.

To apply:
Complete online form
Upload Resume/CV
Pay non-refundable, $25 application fee

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


DEADLINE: August 15, 2012

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