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Bolt Residency

BOLT Residency

Gwynne Johnson (2011-2012 resident), "This Doubtful Paradise"
Gwynne Johnson, "This Doubtful Paradise" (installation view). Photo courtesy of the artist.

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.


Chicago Artists Coalition Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant, December 2, 2014

CAC receives NEA Art Works grant for BOLT Residency.

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

Current 2014-15 BOLT Mentor Resident Erik L. Peterson will present 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 will present 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
Eric Wall, 200 Quatrefoils, 2015, hand-cut acetate quatrefoils and marker on cut dry wall, site-specific dimensions

A Challenge to the Summer Group Show

A Challenge to the Summer Group Show: BOLT Alumni Exhibition & Dialogue
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, May 29, 6-9pm

An experimental survey of art and a dialogue series produced by alumni of the BOLT Residency.

Bolt Residents

Funding Provided By

National Endowment for the Arts

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts