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Artist in Residence


About the AIR Program

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.



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.







Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis is a printmaker, painter and illustrator whose work interprets and re-imagines the natural world. She received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1992 and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. Rachel’s paintings have been exhibited in national venues including the Holter Museum of Fine Art, Helena; Evergreen Galleries, Olympia; and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters in Madison. Rachel’s recent work focuses on public spaces and providing hands-on experiences, with a emphasis on the formal processes of art making.






Charity White

Charity White is a figurative ceramicist, artist educator, and community activist. She was raised in Oak Park, IL, and received two degrees from The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, an EdM in Art education and a BFA in Crafts. Her research is rooted in an interdisciplinary and social practice approach to art and art education. Following the completion of her first masters, she taught high school art in the South Side of Chicago and west suburbs. White received her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Florida in 2016. She has been the recipient of the Newberry Library’s Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellowship for Independent Researchers, The Puffin Foundation Grant, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and named one of Ceramic Monthly’s 2017 Emerging Artists. Currently, she is exhibiting nationally and living in Chicago, IL, where she is a resident artist at Lillstreet Art Center and teaching at Governor State University and Carthage College.






Nolan Baumgartner

Nolan Baumgartner is a practicing studio potter and artist. He received his BFA from the University of Utah in 2001, and his MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Art Academy in 2004. Nolan has recently completed a long-term artist residency at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL, and has previously been a short-term resident at The Clay Studio of Missoula. He has taught at Oakland County Community College in Auburn Hills, MI, and he taught at the University of Utah from 2006 to 2015 as an Assistant Professor/Lecturer (ceramics and 3D foundations). 





Printmaking & Book Arts

Amalia Kouvalis

Amalia Kouvalis is a Chicago based artist with a BFA in oil painting and printmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Heavily influenced by dreams, silent films, and Victorian aesthetics, Amalia conjures mysterious beings from dark, melancholic atmospheres. Due to Amalia’s frequent sleep paralysis episodes, she depicts her subjects submerged in ambiguous emptiness, existing within a realm of dream and reality. Amalia's prints are illustrations of realism mixed with surrealist undertones and eerie auras.





Metalsmithing, Jewelry & Glass

Peter Antor

Peter Antor received his MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and his BFA in Jewlery and Metalsmithing from Grand Valley State University in 2011. Peter works with a wide range of materials from precious metals to concrete and wood, his body of work ranges from sculptural jewelry to functional lampwork. He is heavily influenced by architecture and says it plays a huge role in his work and designs. 






Sarah Hiatt

Sarah Hiatt is an artist whose work centers on adolescence and the passing of time. For six years, she has photographed her niece and nephews while focusing on the uncertainty and struggles within the stages of childhood, and the inevitability of growing up. She is interested in ideas of innocence, loneliness, death and the inherent narrative aspects of photography. Hiatt is a recent graduate from Columbia College Chicago, receiving an MFA in Photography. Her work has been exhibited in various locations throughout the United States and internationally. She was born and raised in the Ozarks and currently resides in Chicago, IL.





Drawing & Painting

Cristi López

Cristi López is an artist specializing in drawing, painting, and illustration. She received her BFA in Illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in May 2016. Her work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, and is in private collections across the country. In early 2017, she moved from her home state of Florida to Chicago. In addition to her artistic practice, she currently teaches at Lillstreet and is an active and emerging presence in the city's creative community.