CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
TRANSIT is offering a NEW KIND of inbound residency! We are inviting ALL types of artists/writers/performers from outside Chicago area (specifically, not from Cook or Lake counties) to apply for a one or two-week residency in Chicago during Chicago Artists Month, in October 2015.
ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
Transit’s residency programs typically involve partnering with a given facility that wishes to bring artists into their community(-ies), but which has neither the funding nor staff to implement such a feat. We pride ourselves on being an organization that cultivates arts ambassadorship-like experiences: for Chicago, for both our inbound and outbound programs, for our artists as well as the facilities we serve/with whom we partner.
Each October, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events hosts Chicago Artists Month, and 2015 is its 20th annual celebration. CAM aims to showcase the extraordinary talent and vibrancy of Chicago’s art community, and this year’s theme is “the City As Studio.” Since Transit uses Chicago as its studio for every inbound program we seek to offer, we felt this was the PERFECT time to showcase this aspect of our programing within the city itself. This year the Chicago Architectural Biennial is coinciding with CAM, kicking off October 3rd (the Biennial runs until January 3, 2016).
For the first time, Transit is looking for project-based proposals from applicants. ANY MEDIUM IS WELCOME. Why do you want to come make work for a week or two in Chicago? And how may we, at Transit, best facilitate this so that both our city and YOU are most benefited by the experience? The best answer to these questions will be the application selected for our Wild Card inbound residency.
Usually, this is the part of the residency-info where we have a bullet-pointed list of the equipment you have access to at the facility that is hosting your residency. But for our Wild Card program, anything goes.
We have relationships with organizations and individuals throughout Chicago who would love to welcome you into their spaces and communities, if that is what you are seeking. Are you a painter, illustrator, comic/zine artist, book artist, printmaker, photographer, filmmaker, sculptor, builder, dancer/choreographer, writer or some other creative who has been thinking, “if I could just get to Chicago, this idea could be actualized!”? If so, let’s discuss what kind of equipment (or research access, or something that we’ve not even imagined yet) you might need, so that we can figure out if we may help you access it here! We are resourceful, so ASK.
The winning applicant will receive a $1,000 stipend for a two-week residency in Chicago (housing and food is NOT included), or may choose instead to come for one week and will then receive a $500 stipend.
To apply, please submit your CV and provide the following information:
– the attached TRANSIT_2015ApplicantContactInfo.PDF, filled out by you [please download to fill in].
– A statement of what project you’d like to work on, with the city of Chicago as your studio. What do you hope to achieve during your residency and why is Chicago your preferred location? What would you need to actualize your project?
– An artistic statement about your (general) work
– Work samples with corresponding list
Visual works: 10-20 images in Mac-compatible digital format (images may be lo-resolution (72dpi) or hi-res (300 dpi), size not to exceed 6 inches x 6 inches); website links are acceptable. MUST INCLUDE A NUMBERED LIST with corresponding information (title, date of work, medium, dimensions, etc); written works: no more than 5 writing samples (not to exceed 10-pages total; excerpts are acceptable; performative works: 5-10 video or audio samples (not to exceed 30-minutes total; MUST INCLUDE NUMBERED LIST with information: title of work, date performed and where, etc). If we’ve overlooked specifications for the medium in which you work, please contact us to find out how to supply samples to us.
– $20 application free (non-refundable)
US-Checks may be made to Transit Residency NFP and mailed to us (Transit Residency c/o Wild Card Inbound Program, 2020 N. California Ave. #155, Chicago, IL 60647, USA).
If you have a PayPal account, you may choose to send us the funds via our Paypal account. If so, send funds to firstname.lastname@example.org with a note/comment stating “application fee” so it is not processed as Donation.
If you are unable to pay your application fee either of these ways, please contact us to arrange an alternative.
Applications must be received by TRANSIT by 5pm, August 15th, 2015.
Download the TRANSIT_2015WildCardapplicationChecklistPDF to ensure you’ve not forgotten anything!
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: Wild Card inbound program” in subject line of email or on envelope.
Applications must be received by TRANSIT by August 15th.
Selected artist(s) will be notified in late August/early September.
The Residency shall take place for 1 or 2 weeks in October, during Chicago Artists Month 2015. Specific dates to be determined by Transit staff and Artist-in-Residence shortly after notification.
Transit Residency NFP Founded
Organization: 2010, Residencies: 2013 (first outbound program), 2015 (Wild Card inbound program)
Transit is intentionally transient, lacking our own “bricks-&-mortar” space but partnering with places throughout the city of Chicago, and beyond. That said, we have a strong presence in the northwest part of the city, having held exhibitions in numerous spaces in Logan Square and Avondale, as well as having partnered with organizations in West Town and Lakeview recently.
ALL types of artists/writers/performers from outside the Chicago area (persons living/working anywhere other than Cook and Lake counties) ARE eligible. Artists of all career levels welcome. Repeat residencies permitted.
We cannot yet specify the facilities at your disposal, as the Wild Card program will be different for everyone who applies. To give you an idea though, in the past we’ve partnered with a 45,000 sq. foot museum in Wisconsin that hosts a 5,000 sq. foot working letterpress studio, dozens of vintage presses, and over 350 cases of type; as well as a 1000 square foot storefront workspace for self-publishers in West Town which hosts workshops and readings, and a distraction-free environment walking distance to Wicker Park, one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods. We intend to find the best workspace for the winning applicant’s needs that we are able.
Housing/Services: Artist provides their own transportation to and from Chicago.
Artist is responsible for any housing expenses; Transit will assist winning application with locating housing options, but arrangements are the responsibility of the Artist.
Meals: Artists are responsible for their own meals.
Accessibility: Please call to discuss specific needs (wheelchair access, etc), so that we may ensure that any space we find for you can accommodate your needs.
Application deadline: August 15th for October residencies.
Resident season: TBD
Average length of residencies: 2 weeks
Average number of artist present at one time: one
Number of artists in 2015: one
Past Artists-in-Residents include: N/A for Wild Card; Heather Buechler (2014 outbound residency at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, in Wisconsin); Roman Muradov (2015 Inbound residency at CHIPRC, Chicago)
Selection Process: Selected by an anonymous jurying committee selected with Transit’s director’s approval. Jury to be made up of an outside panel of at least three professionals in field of focus for the residency (i.e. printmaking, zine/alt. comics self-publishing, writing, dance, theater).
Artist Pays for
Application fee of $20; any housing costs beyond TRANSIT’s stipend; food, travel, and materials.
Institution Pays for
Studio access/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 incurred residency costs ($500 for one week OR $1,000 for two weeks in Chicago).
Artist-in-Residence defers fees by teaching workshop(s) and/or volunteering at the space/facilities (i.e. one day of volunteering per every four days of studio time) per written agreement. Upon completion of the residency, Artist shall showcase the work they created/began during their Transit residency, to share with the Chicago creative community (to be agreed upon on acceptance – i.e. what will you contribute to the residency/community? i.e. will donate 10% of your prints to Transit, to use as they see fit; will give a public presentation on behalf of Transit; etc).
Artists may make a public presentation if they are qualified and willing, and if appropriate opportunity exists. TRANSIT also reserves the right to exhibit the work the Artist has created during their residency, in promotion of our residency programming.
Transit Residency NFP (TRANSIT) is a not for profit residency founded in 2010, which aims to serve artists from multiple disciplines within written, visual, music and performance arts, who seek opportunities to create in an urban environment and/or specifically culturally rich Chicago. TRANSIT is intentionally transient. We will accordion our programs’ scale based on artists’ needs and our budgeted, available funds. Transit will plug artists into a range of existing arts communities throughout Chicago [our Inbound programs], allowing visiting artists to engage with the larger community. Chicago artists will have opportunities to experience working elsewhere, temporarily, and then showcase their work in our gallery upon returning [our Outbound programs]. TRANSIT’s “storefront” gallery(-ies) will bring art and discourse to Logan Square. It will introduce new energy to this diverse community.
Transit Residency NFP’s Mission
TRANSIT is a residency program that will provide the time, space, and needs of artists* by partnering with existing facilities, rather than by being a retreat or facility in itself, and by showcasing the work they create during their residencies.
TRANSIT aims to aid in further enriching Chicago’s cultural climate by offering artists from outside Chicagoland the opportunity to make work here and become part of Chicago’s vibrant arts community(-ies), as well as by giving Chicago-area artists the chance to make work elsewhere – encouraging a role as cultural ambassadors – and bringing their work and experiences back to Chicago.