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Bolt Residency

BOLT Residency

2015 Bolt Alumni Exhibition
2015 Bolt Alumni Exhibition

BOLT Residency is a highly competitive, juried, one-year artist studio residency program offering contemporary emerging artists the opportunity to engage the Chicago arts community and its public in critical dialogue about contemporary art.

The residency provides nine professional open-plan studios and a 500-square-foot, dedicated gallery space. BOLT takes a holistic approach to the development of residents’ artistic careers by providing studio work space, exhibition opportunities and support, professional development, and creative community.
BOLT is structured to provide artists with myriad resources and comprehensive support to create, build upon and sustain a long-term career in the arts.

The application for BOLT Residency 2017-18 is closed.
Check back in January 2018 for new information.

View complete program description and guidelines.

Application is NOW CLOSED

BOLT Residency 2017-2018 Jury:

Myra Greene, Associate Professor of Photography, Columbia College
Judy Ledgerwood, Alice Welsh Skilling Professor of Art, Northwestern University
Harold Mendez, 2017 Whitney Biennial Artist
Sabrina Raaf, Associate Professor of Art, University of Illinois at Chicago

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


BOLT Residency
Emilio Rojas, "In the Lap of Lincoln," 2017, from the performance-lecture “Monuments and their collapse,” durational performance-lecture. Photo credit: Joe Houlberg.
Happening Now+

Preview 7

The whole is always smaller than its parts
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 6:00pm to Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception & Open Studios: Friday, December 1, 6 - 9pm

"Preview 7: The whole is always smaller than its parts" is a group exhibition featuring the 2017-18 BOLT Artists-in-Residence, and is curated by Ionit Behar.

BOLT Residency
Image: Cameron Harvey, 2017

See Without Seeing, Know Without Knowing

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 2018, 6-9 pm

"See Without Seeing, Know Without Knowing" is a solo show by Cameron Harvey, BOLT Resident,

Bolt Residents