The Center For The Study Of Race, Politics And Culture At The University Of Chicago Artist-In-Residence Program


The program awards a ten-month residency to outstanding Chicago-based artists and collaboratives and provides the opportunity to (1) draw on the University of Chicago’s resources, critical faculty, and student body to develop, advance, and disseminate their work; (2) deepen individual practices through critique, public engagement, skills and knowledge sharing; and (3) create a space where personal inquiry and collaborative relationships can flourish.

With the “city as laboratory” framework, we invite creative professionals to explore how they can impact campus, community, and city alike. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture is an interdisciplinary research center that promotes engaged scholarship, debate, teaching, and activism on issues of race and ethnicity at the level of public policy, cultural representation, and lived experience.  The Center is especially interested in how ideas, images, and representations are culturally deployed and structurally enacted to shape people's daily lives, opportunities, and outcomes.


  • Artists not currently enrolled in an academic program.
  • Must be 21 or older to apply.
  • Must be Chicago-based.
  • Merit of past work/demonstrated excellence in field.
  • Potential to develop creative practice and impact the communities of the University of Chicago, Washington Park neighborhood, and city of Chicago at large.
  • Readiness to engage with and benefit from the residency experience at the University of Chicago.

Award Amount

  • Fully sponsored 10-month residencies with monthly allowance of $1,000.
  • Optional 600- to 800-square-foot studios with Wi-Fi, formal office space and access to computers, scanner, and printer at the Washington Park Arts Incubator.
  • Facilities access: basic woodshop; audio/video equipment; University libraries and archives.
  • Up to three Artists-in-Residence on-site.
  • Participation in regular programmed activities including quarterly "crits", dinners, monthly meetings, and workshops.
  • Participation in at least one Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop meeting.
  • Participation in culminating exhibition at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
  • Access to public events on campus especially those sponsored by Arts + Public Life, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and Logan Center.
  • Become part of residential alumni network.