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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 opens Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
Deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

View complete program description and guidelines.

Application OPENS FEBRUARY 1, 2017

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
Happening Now+

Ee Bang In / Person From Outside

Friday, February 3, 2017 to Thursday, February 23, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 6-9pm

"Ee Bang In / Person From Outside" is a solo exhibition featuring BOLT Resident Annette Hur’s most recent works.

BOLT Residency
Yvette Mayorga, "Bedroom after 15th Birthday," 2016, Plaster piping on wood, acrylic, fur, tinfoil, artist selfie, soldier, and American flag, 36 x 36 inches

The Politics of Desire

Friday, March 3, 2017 to Thursday, March 23, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 6-9pm

"The Politics of Desire" is a solo exhibition featuring BOLT Resident Yvette Mayorga.

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Gods Do Handstands; Spices Simmer

Friday, March 31, 2017 to Thursday, April 20, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 6-9pm

The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Gods Do Handstands; Spices Simmer, a solo exhibition by BOLT Resident, Kaveri Raina.

Bolt Residents