CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
TRANSIT and the Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) are inviting alternative comics and zine artists from outside the Chicago area (those not in Cook or Lake counties) to apply for a two-week residency at CHIPRC to take place May 24th – June 7th, 2015.
ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
In this residency, artists will be given the opportunity to focus on their craft with the goal of self-publishing new work, as well as to share their process with others in Chicago’s self-publishing community.
CHIPRC’s urban setting provides a unique opportunity to work for two weeks in Chicago. Its storefront space offers 1000 square feet of distraction-free workspace. The center is perfect for getting away from everything and getting down to work. Artists will have access to CHIPRC from 10am-5pm Mondays-Fridays and 10am-2pm Saturdays, and must be present during our public open hours, which are 12pm-5pm Sundays. Housing, travel and materials are at the artist’s expense except where TRANSIT has taken care of costs per written agreement with Artist-in-Residence prior to the beginning of their residency (and with the compliance of CHIPRC staff).
As part of the residency, the artist must work during Open Hours from 12-5pm on Sunday, May 31st, allowing the public to see their process and residency work-in-progress. At the end of the residency, the artist shall add a drawing or comic to CHIPRC’s Birdbath, a bird-themed installation in the CHIPRC bathroom. Artists will also be given the opportunity to lead a workshop or host a reading of their work during the course of their residency, based on their experience and comfort level. The artist will work with CHIPRC to plan and schedule any programming prior to signing the AiR contract. The artist will also give a short presentation during the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), details TBD (AiR and CHIPRC will work together to decide content).
Six foot by three foot work table
PC desktop word processing software and connection to black and white printer
Table top paper cutters
Long arm stapler
Hydraulic electric stapler
Book binding equipment (needles, thread, awls)
Button maker (1.5 inch buttons)
To apply, please submit your CV and provide the following information:
– A brief statement of what you hope to achieve during your residency and why the Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) is your preferred location.
– A brief artistic statement.
– A minimum of five samples of your most recent work, in the form of copies or images of previously self-published bound zines or comics, link(s) to your comics and art online, links to work previously published, or high resolution images of comics or art which demonstrate technical ability and creative aptitude. While links to web sites are fine, we require an accompanying list (Word doc recommended) of the specific five samples we are to consider from the site(s). All supporting documentation must be correctly labeled: include the title, date, medium and size of each work. CD-ROMs or DVDs are acceptable as an alternative means of sending your digital content. Hardcopy samples will not be returned.
– A $10 application fee (non-refundable). Checks should be made out to Transit Residency NFP and mailed to us; we apologize but are not currently accepting PayPal or credit card payments for this.
Applications must be received by TRANSIT on/by March 6th, 2015.
Please submit inquiries and applications to TRANSIT: 2020 N. California Avenue, suite 155 Chicago IL 60647 USA or meredith [at] transitresidency [dot] org. Please note “Attention: CHIPRC inbound program” on envelope or in subject line of email.
Applications must be received by TRANSIT by March 6th, 2015.
Selected artist(s) will be notified in early April 2015.
The residency shall take place May 24th through June 7th, 2015.
Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) Founded
Organization 2013, Residency 2015
The Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) is located in Chicago, at 858 N. Ashland Avenue in West Town.
Zine makers, self-publishers, and comics artists/illustrators from outside the Chicago area (not those from or in Cook and Lake counties) are eligible to apply. Artists of all career levels welcome.
The 1000 square foot workspace hosts a distraction-free environment walking distance to Wicker Park, one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods and home to Quimby’s Bookstore. A variety of self-publishing equipment is available for use. Internet access is available (artists are encouraged to bring their own computer).
Housing/Services: Artist provides their own transportation to and from Chicago. Artist is responsible for any housing expenses beyond TRANSIT’s stipend; TRANSIT and CHIPRC will assist with finding housing options, but are not responsible for the arrangements.
Meals: Artists responsible for their own meals.
Accessibility: The center is not wheelchair accessible, but arrangements can be made for access. Please call before applying to discuss specific needs.
CHIPRC RESIDENCY STATISTICS
Application deadline: March 6th, 2015 for Spring residencies.
Resident season: TBD
Average length of residencies: 2 weeks
Average number of artists present at one time: 1
Number of artists in 2014: not applicable
Past Artists-in-Residents include: not applicable
Selection Process: Selected by a jurying committee with director’s approval. Jury to be made up of an outside panel of artists and self-publishers from the Chicago self-publishing community.
Artist Pays for
Application fee of $10, any housing costs beyond TRANSIT’s stipend, food, travel, and materials.
Institution Pays for
Studio, facilities, program administration.
Artist Eligible for
No additional stipends or fellowships at this time, beyond that which TRANSIT offers towards the Artist-in-Resident’s general expenses.
As part of the residency, artist must work CHIPRC Open Hours from 12-5pm on Sunday, May 31st, allowing the public to see their process and residency work-in-progress. At the end of the residency, the artist shall add a drawing or comic to CHIPRC’s Birdbath, a bird-themed installation in the CHIPRC bathroom. AiR will also give a (half-hour) presentation or talk on Saturday the 6th, at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE).
Artist will be given the opportunity to lead a workshop or host a reading of their work during the course of their residency. The AiR will also present/talk about their work at CAKE on June 6th, and may attend CAKE as part of the general public, June 6th & 7th. TRANSIT and CHIPRC reserve the right to exhibit and show images of the work(s) the artist has created during their residency, in promotion of the programs.
Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) was inspired by the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) in Portland. In 2013, founder and executive director John Wawrzaszek began to the process to incorporate as a nonprofit, and that summer held a zine reading as the center’s first event to the self-publishing community. CHIPRC provides access to resources needed to create and present creative work, with a particular focus on serving under-represented populations. The center serves the self-publishing community, especially those who work in unlit corners, by fostering the development of and shining a light on their creative voices.
The Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) strives to build community and foster creativity by providing access to the space, education, and resources necessary to create and self-publish literary and visual work.