ACRE 2020 Summer Residency / Residencies
The ACRE Residency Program takes place every summer in rural Southwest Wisconsin. Developed as a means to support emerging visual artists, sound artists, musicians, performers, writers and curators, the program provides artists with the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices as well as take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. ACRE’s 14-day residencies host 25-30 residents at a time. Additionally, visiting artists are invited to conduct studio visits and present lectures, discussions, and workshops.
Set on 1,000 acres of wetland, hills, and farmland, the residency facilities include expansive communal work-spaces, a screen-printing studio, an outdoor woodshop, fibers studio, ceramics studio, art & tech facility, and a sound studio. Shared accommodations are furnished with bathrooms, kitchenettes, and porches. All meals are provided and are prepared daily using ingredients grown in the surrounding area.
Over the subsequent year, ACRE endeavors to provide further opportunities for exposure, community building, and professional development to its alumni. ACRE works with a board of Curatorial Fellows to produce exhibitions at our Chicago gallery, ACRE Projects, and partners with independent galleries and curatorial projects around Chicago to provide connections, resources, and public programming, performance, and other exhibition opportunities to our alumni following the residency program. All alumni are also given web space on ACRE’s digital flat file, which is used for consideration for participation in exhibitions and other opportunities. These efforts complement other activities and programming designed to create the conditions for a thriving and enduring arts network.