Outbound Residency Partnerships
Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
Transit has been honored by our first partnership: Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum (HWT) trusted TRANSIT’s idea, before it actualized! Maybe you first heard of Hamilton through the documentary, Typeface; or you saw them on the fall 2010 collection at Target? Or you may’ve met one of their directors at a HOW Design conference, or another typography- or printing-related event? Maybe you are not yet aware of them, since they are located in the small town of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. The first residency we offered, took place Spring 2014 and brought Heather Buechler to HWT for two weeks; the next one brought book artist Pamela Olson to HWT for two weeks.
Keep an eye out in January/February 2017 for the call for applications! The HWT residency will run for two weeks in the summer of 2017 (specific dates to be determined by HWT staff and AiR, based on their respective schedules), artist to be notified in late April.
Inbound Residency Partnerships
Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC)
Transit is very proud of our local partnership with CHIPRC, in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Their existing, talented community offers a range of workshops and programming for zine and alternative comics artists and publishers. Our first Artist-in-Residence at CHIPRC was Roman Muradov; you can see his Guest Blog post from his residency here. We’ve been thrilled to also partner with Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) for our CHIPRC residencies; our AiRs end their two week residency by being part of the CAKE weekend. In 2016, we brought Chris Gooch and Sarah McNeil over from Melbourne, Australia for a collaborative residency. They spent two weeks working at CHIPRC and then presented and tabled at CAKE. Here’s the Guest Blog post they did after their residency.
We were excited to learn that Roman Muradov had his first book, (In A Sense) Lost and Found, nominated for an Ignatz Award. He was working on this book during his residency with us!
We will be inviting applications for our Spring 2017 residency soon (CAKE is taking place June 10 & 11, 2017, which means our program will run May 28-June 11, 2017. Keep an eye out in January/February 2017 for the call for applications!
Wild Card program
Our Wild Card program is our first project-based program (ALL mediums welcome to apply!), the focus is on our city, CHICAGO. Our partners vary, based on the needs of the AiR for this program. We ran it for the first time in 2015, bringing David Kadish to Chicago, where he spent two weeks teaching and making. Here’s his Guest Blog post. In 2016, for the first time in 20 years, Chicago Artists Month (which occurs each October) went on hiatus. So we didn’t run this program then, but we intend to bring it back for 2017! Unlike our other programs, which partner with a facility in advance of our call for eapplications, this program selects the applicant for whom we can actualize the best, most “plugged in” experience of Chicago. So it depends what our applicants are seeking!
Since our WILD CARD program takes place in October, our call for applications will happen some time in the summer 2017; AiR selected will be notified in August.
Stay tuned for more Inbound programs, as they develop…