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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.


AIR applications have been extended to May 15.


2017 - 2018 Artist-in-Residence Application:


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.






Name: Peter Antor
Department: Metalsmithing, Jewelry & Glass

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.





Name: Nolan Baumgartner
Department: Ceramics

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).





Name: Jeanne Donegan
Department: Digital Arts, Fabrication & Photography

Jeanne Donegan is an artist living in Chicago. She received her BFA from University of Connecticut, her home state, and her MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Donegan works primarily in photography and video. Her work focuses on issues of femininity, desire, and intimate relationships. She is interested in exploring the potential of female desire to elicit questions of power, autonomy, and pleasure. Her work has recently been featured on Wavepool Blog, Fotographia Magazine, and This Is Paper Magazine. Some of her video pieces can be seen in an upcoming exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center this Fall in Chicago.






Name: Aurélie Guillaume
Department: Metalsmithing, Jewelry & Glass

Aurélie Guillaume is a French-Canadian jeweller, enamellist and illustrator from Montréal. After completing her diploma at École de Joaillerie de Montréal, she went on to pursue her BFA at NSCAD University where she majored in jewellery design and metalsmithing. Upon graduating, her work was selected as the winner of L.A. Pai Gallery’s 12th National student jewellery competition in Canada and was shortlisted for the BKV Prize in Germany.  Aurelie’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally throughout North America and Europe and has recently been acquired by the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, California, as part of their permanent collection.





Name: Jenna Rodriguez
Department: Printmaking & Book Arts

Jenna Rodriguez was recently the Victor Hammer Fellow at Wells College in Aurora, New York where she taught undergraduates papermaking, printing, and bookbinding. This past spring she completed a residency at Columbia College Chicago where she produced a letterpress printed stop-motion animation titled 54. Last summer she was the recipient of The Wingate Foundation Grant, the Edwards Foundation Grant, and the College Book Arts Association's Project Assistant Grant, which allowed her to attend a papermaking course at Penland School of Craft, build a papermaking studio for Wells College, and continue work on an artist book titled STILL. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2013 where she received a MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts. During this time she had a two-year print production fellowship for Journal of Artists Books (JAB) and taught undergraduate letterpress printing classes at Columbia College and Spudnik Community Print Shop. Jenna received her BFA in 2009 in printmaking and photo media with a certification to teach K-12 art from Old Dominion University in Virginia where she grew up.





Name: Tricia Royal
Department: Textiles

Tricia has a BA in Art History from the University of North Florida, and a 2 year degree in Fashion Design from Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. She’s a fiber artist and quiltmaker whose work honors the tradition and craft of quiltmaking but seeks to give quilts a new respect as an art object in a post-modern context. Tricia makes art quilts that play with the color and pattern in an effort to arouse the eye, and are made using old or recycled textiles.  Her work has been shown at quilt shows and galleries in the United States.





Name: Charity White
Department: Ceramics

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. This has propelled her into a variety of academic realms including race relations, gender studies, religious studies, and socio-economics. 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 is the recipient of the Newberry Library’s Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellowship for Independent Researchers and the Birdsell Project Summer Residency.  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.