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HATCH Projects Application Guidelines

Discussion of HATCH exhibition "Secular Studies," featuring works by Alejandro T. Acierto, Kayla Anderson, Ali Aschman, LeRoy Bach, Blair Bogin, and Hyounsang Yoo, and curated by Sadie Woods. Photo: Sadie Woods
Discussion of HATCH exhibition "Secular Studies," featuring works by Alejandro T. Acierto, Kayla Anderson, Ali Aschman, LeRoy Bach, Blair Bogin, and Hyounsang Yoo, and curated by Sadie Woods. Photo: Sadie Woods

The 2017-18 deadline for HATCH Projects has passed. Please check back in January 2018 for updated guidelines and application form. Information remains on this page for reference only.

HATCH Projects is a yearlong, juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice.  A pioneering initiative of Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), HATCH Projects fosters shared experimentation, exchange, and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.

Please note that artists currently participating in the FIELD/WORK Residency are not eligible to apply to HATCH Projects for the upcoming session. Conversely, HATCH Residents cannot apply to the FIELD/WORK Residency until their program has concluded.
 

UPCOMING DATES FOR 2017-2018 HATCH PROJECTS APPLICATIONS

Curatorial Residency
Application opens: July 7
Application closes: August 4

Artist Residency
Application opens: September 1
Application closes: September 29

 

HATCH Projects 2017-2018 Mentor Curators:

Romi Crawford, Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies and Liberal Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Janet Dees, Curator, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
Grace Deveney, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Megha Ralapati, Residency & Special Projects Manager, Hyde Park Art Center

 


HATCH PROJECTS CURATORIAL RESIDENTS

Four Curator Residents are accepted into the program based on an application evaluated by four leading and established Mentor Curators and the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies. Curator Residents are then responsible for selecting 24 Artist Residents. Each Curator Resident manages a group of 6 artists for the year to realize two innovative and experimental 3-person exhibitions and public programs at CAC. For the 6-person exhibition, there will be a RE-MIX: Artists will choose to continue to work with their Curator Resident or select another one in the program for their final exhibition.  

Curator Residents 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.

Curatorial Resident Responsibilities:

  • Market HATCH Projects to your artist community
  • Jury artists into the program along with other Curator Residents and CAC’s Director of Exhibitions and Residencies
  • Manage 6 artists over the course of one year with the assistance of CAC’s Exhibitions Assistants
  • Meet with Mentor Curators and receive critical feedback on your exhibitions
  • 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) 3-person shows (1) 6-person show in CAC’s gallery space
  • Invite at least two colleagues to conduct exhibition critiques with your 6 Artist Residents (honoraria provided)
  • Activate the exhibition space through creative public programs and events on contemporary curatorial practice
  • 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 Curatorial 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
  • Arrange for Exhibitions Assistants to assist with exhibitions
  • 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

 

SELECTION PROCESS: CURATORIAL RESIDENTS

Curator Resident submissions are evaluated by a jury of four professional peers, the Mentor Curators, from Chicago’s leading cultural institutions.

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 1 - 3 year(s) of curatorial experience are encouraged to apply. Curators are non-students and live in the city of Chicago.

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

Curatorial Residents each receive a $1000 stipend to manage HATCH Projects.

 

TO APPLY TO BE A CURATORIAL RESIDENT:

  • Complete the online form here (application currently closed)
  • Upload your current curriculum vitae
  • Pay the non-refundable, $10 application fee

CURATORIAL RESIDENT APPLICATION DUE DATE:  AUGUST 4, 2017

 


HATCH PROJECTS ARTIST RESIDENTS

Twenty-four Artist Residents are accepted into the program based on an application evaluated by the program’s four selected Curator Residents. Artist Residents are divided into groups of 6 to work with one Curator Resident throughout the year. Selected artists will participate in two exhibitions curated by the group’s 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 professional development program, Artist Residents develop valuable insight and experience in contemporary exhibition making.

CAC and HATCH Projects Curatorial Residents work closely with Artist Residents to:

  • Provide two innovative exhibition opportunities: (1) 3-person show and (1) 6-person show
  • Provide two exhibition critiques by leading arts professionals
  • Facilitate and build an engaging and active arts community and professional development network
  • Provide the opportunity to develop, exhibit, and sell artist residents’ work in a professional gallery context
  • Encourage artist residents to activate the exhibition space through creative public programs and events
  • 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 FIELD/WORK, 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
 

SELECTION PROCESS:  ARTIST RESIDENTS

Artist Resident submissions are evaluated by a jury of the four selected Curator Residents and CAC’s Director of Exhibitions and Residencies.

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.  Artist Residents must reside in Chicago during the residency period and are not students.

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

 

CONTRACTS AND FEES

  • Artist Resident Professional Development Program Fees: $150/quarterly or $600/year.
  • Applicants must sign a contract and provide a security deposit ($50) by October 30, 2017.

 

TO APPLY TO BE AN ARTIST RESIDENT:

  • Complete the online form here (application is currently closed)
  • Upload your current curriculum vitae
  • Submit 7-11 images
  • Pay the non-refundable, $12 application fee

ARTIST RESIDENT APPLICATION DUE DATE:  SEPTEMBER 29, 2017

 


IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017

July 8: Curatorial Resident Application Released
August 4:  Curatorial Resident Application Due
August 15: Selected Curatorial Residents Notified 
September 1: Artist Resident Application Released 
September 29:  Artist Resident Application Due
October 2 - 20: Curatorial Residents Deliberate
October 23 - 27: Selected Artist Residents Notified
November 1: HATCH Projects begins

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Teresa E. Silva, Director of Exhibitions & Residencies, at teresa@chicagoartistscoalition.org