Community Artist in Residence (CAIR) / Residencies

January 31, 2022

Organization Name: College of DuPage Visual Arts Departments

Organization Location: Glen Ellyn, IL

Type: Residencies

Fee: Free



College of DuPage visual art programs invite artists to apply for a residency working with our students. Artists will propose a detailed timeline for a residency project that will span 2 to 8 weeks with several date options between April 4 and June 28, 2022 or September 1 and November 19, 2022. Proposals must engage our student body with the option to include broader forms of community engagement and explain how the artists will work closely with one or more classes for a minimum of 6 hours over the course of the residency. While residents will be working primarily with art students, potential interdisciplinary connections and research across other fields of study are encouraged.

The selected artists will give an initial artist lecture to introduce themselves and their work to the students and will be required to engage with the college community for a minimum of 6 hours per residency through open studios, workshops, studio visits, or another proposed activity. (Part of these hours can be remote via Zoom, if needed, but quality time spent with students should be evident in the proposal.) The artists will close the residency with a proposed event, lecture, or exhibition to share the work accomplished during their residency. This may be a permanent piece by the artist donated to COD or a temporary work.

Program Goals:

-to support class and program objectives through hands-on work, experience working with professional artists, and skill-building that may translate –to student portfolios or resumes
-to increase learning opportunities for students to engage with professional artists over a sustained period of time
-to support artists in collaborative, community projects that reinforce our institutional missions related to excellence, diversity, and community participation; “community” includes but is not limited to students, faculty, staff at COD, residents of Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Community College District 502, or Chicagoland

Location Description:

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) 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.


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.


Artists must be able to commit to at least two continuous weeks in residence in either April-June 2022 (note: no classes held between May 18 and 30) or September-November 2022. The applicant must list their preferred residency period and dates in their application. For Fall 22 artists only, our Visiting Artist Series theme will be “New Ways Forward,” reflecting the urgent issues rising to the surface during the pandemic and the increasing evidence that return to “normal” is no longer possible.
Selected artist or collaborative will be required to give an introductory talk or workshop to a class or larger group within the first week of the residency.
Artists are required to work, interact, or collaborate with students for a minimum of 6 hours during the residency in the form of project work, collaborations, workshops, studio visits, or other proposed events.
Artists will be required to close the residency with an event, open studio, public lecture, exhibition, or other proposed event.
Studio and workshop spaces will need to prioritize students and class times; artists will need to work around these schedules to access certain spaces.


• 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.

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

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

How to apply: Submittable link:
There is no fee to apply.

Submission Timeline:

Application Opens: November 18, 2021
Application Deadline: January 31, 2022, midnight CST
First Review Round: February 1-9, 2022
Second Review Round: February 10-March 2, 2022
Accepted Artists Notified: by March 10, 2022, via email


Program Co-Chairs
Katherine Sifers:
Jackie Weaver:

Opportunity Website