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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.

CAC at EXPO Chicago, September 18-21, 2014 at Navy Pier

Current 2014-15 BOLT Mentor Resident Erik L. Peterson presents a special solo exhibition called Indulge Your Every Whim at CAC’s EXPO Booth (#116). Peterson’s selection for this special presentation was juried by Kate Nesin, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.  In addition, Peterson was invited by EXPO Chicago President, Tony Karman, to create a new site-specific 40-foot long neon sculpture, Seep, located at the entrance of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. 

2011-12 BOLT Resident Alum Jenny Kendler presents Tell it to the Birds, an interactive installation in the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) project space at EXPO Chicago. Kendler is the NRDC’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence.


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Applications are close for 2015-2016



BOLT Residency
Myra Greene, Detail of Swatch 210, 2015, Fabric Collage, 2 x 14 in.
Happening Now+

sketches for something bigger/brighter/wider/higher

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 6:00pm to Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday September 25, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Myra Greene explores her complex cultural connection to African fabrics through photography and quilts, giving rise to new scales, perspectives, and symbolism.

BOLT Residency
Kim Jong Un Americans, Aram Han Sifuentes

Kim Jong Un Americans

Friday, October 23, 2015 to Thursday, November 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 23, 6-9 pm

Come get your own free Kim Jong Un haircut or hairstyle from our professional hair stylist.

Bolt Residents