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LAUNCH Program Guidelines

Initiated in 2013, LAUNCH Invitational Residency is a nomination-based professional development program for artists emerging from Chicago-area undergraduate schools.  

In a series of workshops, artist talks, panel discussions, and site visits, students are exposed to working artists and professionals from a wide array of contexts throughout the city, making this an excellent opportunity to develop contacts outside of academia. Ongoing engagement with a growing alumni network helps students build their community of peers and be proactive about their career development.

2016 Curriculum 

Informed largely by the self-assessments that resident artists complete during the application process, the LAUNCH curriculum combines group activities and focused individual work. A highly personalized Artist Plan assignment guides the curriculum's structure.


Defining Your Vision & Goals | Andi Crist // Jordan Martins // Penny Duff

Freelance Legal Essentials | Patrice Perkins

Models of Self-Organizing in the Arts | Amina Ross // Andi Crist // Dana Bassett // Jordan Martins


Personal + Business Finances 101 | Julie Herwitt

Funding for Creative Projects | Kate Dumbleton

The Artists' Lifestyle | Damon Locks // D. Denenge Akpem // Matt Austin


A Communications Strategy for Your Digital Life | James T. Green

Writing Skills for Artists | J. Gibran Villalobos

Site visit to Corner Gallery + Community Building Conversation | Lynn Basa


The Inside Scoop on Artist Opportunities | Caroline Stearns // Katharine Schutta // Sara Slawnik // Teresa Silva

Artist Plans Share Out + Response | Aram Han Sifuentes // Edra Soto // Jesse Malmed 

Happy Hour + Open Studios with Autotelic Artists


Applicants for LAUNCH Invitational Residency must be:

  • Completing a BFA or BA degree program at a partnering school
  • Nominated by faculty through an internal process
  • Able to attend the entire 4-day program

2016 School Partners

Chicago State University
Columbia College
North Park University 
Northern Illinois University  
Northwestern University 
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Illinois – Chicago 
University of Chicago 


Designed to be supported in part by nominating schools and therefore at no cost to participating artists, tuition includes guest speaker presentations and consultations, all residency supplemental materials and workbooks, online resource development, and meals throughout the weekend. LAUNCH residents also receive a complimentary 1-year Artist Membership to Chicago Artists Coalition.


LAUNCH will occur off-site for the first time in 2016. Our partnering organizations this year are Comfort Station and Autotelic Studios, both located in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. The residency will take place at both organizations’ sites, offering an opportunity for residents to experience a range of artist-run and community-driven models of organizing.