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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 will open on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
Deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

View complete program description and guidelines.

Application WILL OPEN ON FEBRUARY 1, 2017.

BOLT Residency 2017-2018 Jury:

Judy Ledgerwood, Alice Welsh Skilling Professor of Art, Northwestern University
Sabrina Raaf, Associate Professor of Art, University of Illinois at Chicago
Other jurors to be announced.


BOLT Residency
Hương Ngô, "The Voice is an Archive Digital," 2016, Video Black & White, Sound, 6:00 min.
Happening Now+

Preview 6: We've Met Before

Friday, December 2, 2016 to Thursday, December 22, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 6-9pm

"Preview 6: We've Met Before"​ is a group exhibition ​featuring​ BOLT Artist​ ​Residen​ts​​​ from 2016-2017, and is curated by Faye Gleisser.

BOLT Residency
Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Untitled (detail), 2016, Acrylic on canvas

Cloud of the Ideal

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 6:00pm to Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 6-9 pm

"Cloud of the Ideal" is a solo show of paintings by BOLT Resident, Amanda Joy Calobrisi.

Bolt Residents