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Call for Artist in Residence at College of DuPage

Community Artist in Residence (CAIR)

College of DuPage   /   Deadline: 01/31/22


College of DuPage (COD) is located in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, 25 miles west of downtown Chicago, and accessible through public transportation. With over 21,000 students enrolling each semester, our college is one of the largest in Illinois. Our nationally accredited visual arts programs include Animation and Motion Picture Television, Architecture, Fashion, Fine Arts (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture ceramics, small metals, digital art, and time based media), Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Photography. The McAninch Art Center is home to the Cleve Carney Museum of Art (which recently hosted Frida Kahlo: Timeless and will be hosting a Warhol show this summer) as well as home to picturesque art studios overlooking DeShane Pond and our 15 acre Ecological Study Areas. Other natural areas on campus include the 18 acre Russell R. Kirt Prairie and a 9 acre BJ Hoddinott Wildlife Sanctuary. The college campus houses a Fuel Garden to support the Fuel Pantry, our local food pantry that provides thousands of pounds of food to our community each month.


There is no fee to apply.



• Individual artists or collectives of up to three people are eligible to apply.

• Artists and collectives working in any media are eligible to apply.

• Artists and collectives must not be currently employed by the College of DuPage.

• Artists must not be enrolled in a degree seeking program during the time of their residency.

• The selected artists must be able to demonstrate they are legally authorized to work in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor visas at this time.


Detailed Project Proposal must include: (all in one pdf)

Project description including proposed public events
Description of contact/work with students for 6 hours or more
Alignment with artist-in-residence program goals
work with one or more specific classes (drawing, printmaking, digital art, photography, time based media, fashion, graphic design, sculpture, or architecture) or types of classes; more about program offerings here
Type of equipment, space, tools needed from the college to complete project
Detailed timeline for project within one or two of the specified time frames listed above (note: no classes held between May 18 and 30; we prefer residencies not start during this time)
Detailed project budget for stipend up to $3500; may include materials, travel, lodging, and other living expenses
10-20 images of past work that may relate to proposal; for sound and video work, please include links to vimeo, youtube, soundcloud, or other platform and indicate up to 5 minutes of media for committee to view.
150-300 word artist statement
150 word bio
Artist Resume or CV and website


Selected artists will receive stipends up to $3500 which may be used to cover materials, travel, lodging, etc. (Stipend will be received after the first public event.)
Gallery, workspace, and/or presentation space will be made available for an exhibition or presentation of work as needed.
Access to natural areas, shared woodshop (including bandsaws, table saw, MIG and TIG welding equipment), ceramic studio, kilns, printmaking studio, fashion lab (including industrial sewing machines, weaving loom, table knitting machine, industrial dress forms) small metals studio, photography darkroom, alternative process lab, and lighting studio can be made available after safety training is completed providing that needs of students and class times are met first.
Web presence on the Cleve Carney Museum of Art website will be provided for visiting artists

Evaluation Criteria

Selection Process:

Selection committee will be composed of students, staff, and faculty at the College of DuPage. Reviewers are asked to consider the following criteria for each application:

Demonstrated artistic excellence and ongoing professional practice
Alignment with residency program goals
Strength of student and community engagement
Feasibility with time frame, materials, class alignment and available students

Contact Information

Elisa Hillock
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

P: 6304084332

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