Artist Opportunities

At Lillstreet Art Center there are a variety of opportunities for both the artists inside and outside of our community.

Scholarship Programs

BIPOC Merit-Based Scholarships

Lillstreet Art Center is excited to announce a new bi-annual merit-based scholarship launching September 2020. This award program was initiated to support the creative development of emerging and established BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists working in Chicago. This scholarship is available for all BIPOC artists. The application timeline is as follows:

Winter Session
Submissions open September 1
Submissions close October 16
Recipients are chosen November 1

Fall Session
Submissions open May 1
Submissions close June 16
Recipients are chosen July 1

Apply here!

Financial Need Based Scholarships

Lillstreet Art Center strives to eliminate financial barriers to art education with our year-round Financial Need Scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded every session (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Early Winter) on a rolling basis, with a goal to distribute available financial assistance to as many eligible students as possible. This scholarship is open to all, based on financial need.

Download application here!

Please note: While students are welcome to apply for both our financial and merit-based scholarships, students are eligible to receive only one scholarship per session. Previous scholarship recipients are eligible to apply, but priority will be given to new applicants.

Artist in Residence

Lillstreet Art Center year-long residencies in ceramics begin on September 1 and ending August 31. Application here

As a collaborative, community-based art center, Lillstreet offers a variety of resources and instruction. The resident artist program enriches our community by bringing artists with unique and refined skills to our educational programming through classes, workshops, public demonstrations and studio hours. As a resident artist, you will continue to develop professionally and intellectually through contact with other residents, department peers, and students.

This residency includes personal workspace in our classrooms and studios, 24-hour access to facilities and equipment, free classes in any of our six departments, paid opportunities to teach and/or assist classes, participation in a group exhibition in the gallery, and a monthly stipend.                      




Studio spaces are available for a variety of types of artists. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and filled as spaces become available.