About the residency:

Lillstreet’s resident artist program provides a unique opportunity for artists to work in collaborative, community based arts center offering resources and instruction in a variety of media. Artists-in-Residence are encouraged to develop their existing bodies of work, explore new processes and concepts, and seek instruction in entirely new media and techniques. The residency works with minimal structure, allowing artists to shape their time at Lillstreet to their own goals. Residents spend some of their time dedicated to working with students in order to enrich the education programs, offering students the opportunity to see and learn from working artists. Residents will also work with our community outreach program, ArtReach at Lillstreet, to provide arts education to under served communities in Chicago.

We hope that all residents will actively participate in our community, sharing knowledge, prompting new ideas, and building on our enthusiasm for creative expression.

Lillstreet Art Center offers Artist Residencies in all departments and encourages interdisciplinary work.

Residencies includes a work space in our classroom studios or working artist studios, free classes, learning and teaching opportunities, basic materials & firings, and a monthly stipend for additional materials or personal use. Residents will also organize a group exhibition for installation in our gallery towards the conclusion of the year.

Residents are expected to be present and at work in their department 20 hours each week. When in the studio, residents should be available to work and interact with students and artists while working on their own artwork. Residents are expected to perform up to eight hours of work for the department on a weekly basis (specific tasks vary by department but may include tasks such as kiln loading, inventory control, teaching assistance, etc...). The Artist-in-Residence Program runs September 1 to August 31.

To be considered for the Lillstreet Artist-in-Residence Program, your application must be submitted by May 10, 2013. Accepted applicants will be notified by June 14, 2013.

Applying to the Artist in Residence Program:

Applications for all departments for the 2013/14 Artist-in-Residence program will only be accepted online. At the bottom of this page you will be taken to which will allow you to register and upload your images. You will be asked to provide the following when you apply:

  1. Department to which you are applying
  2. Resume/C.V.
  3. Artist Statement
  4. Letter of Intent describing what you hope accomplish through this residency and how you would contribute to the program and the community.
  5. Names and contact information of three references who we can contact regarding your suitability for our residency program.
  6. 10-20 digital images of your current work including title, year produced, materials, and dimensions. Images shoudl be in jpg format and sized 1800x1800 pixels at 72dpi.
  7. $20 non-refundable application fee

For questions about submission information please contact Eric Tschetter at

To apply, please complete and submit an online application at

For technical support while completing the application please contact