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Artist in Residence

Now accepting applications for the 2016/2017 Residency

September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017

Lillstreet Art Center is a unique, urban visual arts and community center  with classes in Ceramics, Metalsmithing, Drawing & Painting, Printmaking, Textiles and Digital Media. Located on the north side of Chicago, our 40,000 square foot facility includes: 25 classrooms, 48 artist studios, a gallery with both an exhibition space and shop, a cafe and we average 1800 students per term.?

Lillstreet’s artist-in-residence program provides a unique opportunity for artists to work in a collaborative, community-based arts center. Artists-in-Residence are encouraged to develop their existing bodies of work and explore new processes and concepts. The residency allows artists to shape and structure their time at Lillstreet to fit their own goals. Residents spend some of their time dedicated to working with students in order to enrich the educational programs, offering students the opportunity to see and learn from working artists. Residents will have the opportunity to work with ArtReach, our community outreach program, to provide arts education to underserved communities in Chicago.

Residency includes:

• Studio/work space in our classroom or artist group studios
• 24-hour access to facilities and equipment
• Monthly stipend - $200
• Free classes in any department
• Teaching/assisting opportunities
• Group exhibition with other resident artists

Residency does not include:

• Housing or food
• Travel costs

Residencies begin September 1 and end August 31.
AIR’s are expected be at Lillstreet for a minimum of 20 hours a week, which includes8 hours per week of studio monitoring. Some common departmental responsibilities include: maintaining equipment and space, promoting classes, regular posting on the blog, organizing shows for the AIR program, presenting workshops, art slide talks and organizing exhibitions.

Please submit the following information to our on-line application no later than May 15, 2016

(no emailed or mailed submissions will be accepted)

• 10-15 images of work completed in the last 2 years. A minimum of 5 individual pieces of artwork are required.

• Resume/CV

• Brief artist statement (one page maximum)

• Personal statement (one page maximum) explaining what you hope to accomplish personally and what you hope to bring to the Lillstreet community during your residency. Additionally address what specific skills and qualities make you a good fit for the Lillstreet Residency Program.

• Names and contact info of three references


Applicants will be notified no later than Jun 05, 2016

Fee: $35 application fee payable on the Slideroom website.


Please click Here To Apply







Katie Chung


Katie Chung was born and raised in Chicago, IL and earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in printmaking and graphic design. Her work always begins with drawing and continues in material exploration.  Katie was recently an intern at the MCA and continues to work with Marwen.




Brittney Connelly


Brittney Connelly is a sculptor, photographer and performance artist with a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the University of Houston. Her work is influenced by poets and writers of the 1920’s, writings about early conceptual art, the language of painting, and critical theory revolving around the photographic medium. 




Cassandra Lawlor


Cassie received her MFA in ceramics from Bradley University and has spent the last two years serving as a Peace Corp Volunteer in South Africa. Her work is an exploration of the fundamental process of vessel-making. Her pieces are meant to be eaten from, drank from, and served upon. As well as serving a utilitarian purpose, they also tell the story of her own daily rituals involving food preparation and consumption.




Agnes Ma


Agnes Ma received her M.F.A. in Metalwork, Jewelry Design and Digital Fabrication from Northern Illinois University. She received her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work combines her background in the sciences with the traditions of metalworking and modern methods of fabrication to examine the relationship between humans and their surrounding environment.




Kat Powers


Kat Powers is an interdisciplinary teaching artist, printmaker and painter who enjoys metalsmithing, pattern design and ceramics. She holds a degree from Columbia College Chicago in Fiction Writing and Photography, and worked for several years as a properties designer in Chicago theater.



Tabor Shiles


Tabor earned her BA in Printmaking at Savannah College of Art and Design where she also minored in Fibers. Although her focus has been on Printmaking she’s always had a knack for working with textiles.  She loves to combine the two, and has an active project to produce a scarf a week.



Nicole Paulina


Nicole Paulina earned her MFA in ceramics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her ceramic work consists of richly decorative surfaces and questions the idea of home and personal space, resulting in two parallel bodies of ceramic art. The sculptural body examines the physical structure of home with playful absurdity, while functional pottery questions the sentimental attachment people have towards the objects they live with.




Nick Tuinstra


Nick Tuinstra works primarily in stop-motion animation. His films incorporate drawing, painting, and digital processes informed by parallels between color theory and music theory. His work has screened at multiple film festivals.  He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the University of North Dakota.



Past Resident Artists