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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 2018-2019 will open on February 13

View complete program description and guidelines.

Application OPENS FEBRUARY 13

BOLT Residency 2018-2019 Jury: To Be Announced


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


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Image: Cameron Harvey, 2017
Happening Now+

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,

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Poetry Reading

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

In conjunction with Cameron Harvey's exhibition, See without Seeing, Know without Knowing, the Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present four Chicago poets reading new, unpublished w

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Dharma Talk with Gabriel Halpern

Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Join us on January 20th for a lecture and Q&A with acclaimed yoga teacher, Gabriel Halpern. 

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Public School brings together two new bodies of artwork by Grauel: hooked rugs, their outmoded-grade-school-subject-matter covered in layer of shag; and, wooden sculptures inspired by a bamboozling childhood visit to a Southern Californian ghost town amusement park. The labor intensive process used to produce one set against the illusion of natural laws defied in the other.  A new essay by J. Nicole Brooks will accompany the exhibition.

Public School

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 6:00pm to Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, from 6-9 pm

"Public School" is a solo exhibition of new works by BOLT Artist-in-Residence, Jeffrey Grauel.

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Roni Packer

Yellow is Mine (Not My Yellow)

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 6:00pm to Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00pm

"Yellow is Mine (Not My Yellow)" is an installation of new works by BOLT Artist-in-Residence, Roni Packer.

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