Overview for Project and Call for Entry:

College of DuPage visual art programs will invite artists to apply for a residency working with our students. Applying artists will propose a detailed timeline for their residency project. The residency spans a 2 to 8 week period between September 4 and November 17, 2023 and February 5 and April 26, 2024. Proposals must provide details about how the residency and subsequent project will engage our student body, including an explanation of how the project could potentially include broader forms of community engagement. The proposal should explain how the artists will work closely with one or more COD 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, the opportunity to participate in an artist residency and selection committee, and skill-building opportunities that may translate to student portfolios, applications, or resumes
  • to increase learning and mentoring 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
  • to support the artist-in-residence with time, space, and funds to produce a personal project

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 and will be hosting Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop in summer 23) 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 partially received after the first public event, with the remainder available upon residency completion.)
  • Galley, workspace, and/or presentation space will be made available for an exhibition or presentation of work as needed.
  • Access to natural areas, shared full woodshop (including bandsaws, table saw, chop saws, hand tools, MIG and TIG welding equipment), ceramic studio (gas, electric, woodfire, raku kilns, wheels) printmaking studio, fashion lab (including industrial sewing machines, weaving loom, table knitting machine, embroidery machine, industrial dress forms, 3D printer and laser cutter), 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 from either September 4 to November 17, 2023 or Feb 5 and April 26, 2024. (Please note the college will be closed March 25 - March 31 for Spring Break.) The applicant must list their preferred residency period in their application.
  • Selected artist or artists groups 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.

• 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
  • Request to 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. For detailed list of class offerings, please visit this link: https://catalog.cod.edu/
  • 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
  • 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 through theccma.org: https://clevecarneyartgallery.submittable.com/submit/242022/community-artist-in-residence-cair-2023-2024

Proposal Timeline:

Application Opens: November 11, 2022

Application Deadline: January 31, 2023, midnight CST

First Review Round: February 1-20, 2023

Second Review Round: February 20-March 30, 2023

Accepted Artists Notified: by April 10, 2023, via email


Program Co-Chairs

Katherine Sifers: sifersk@cod.edu

Jackie Weaver: weaverj1376@cod.edu

Cleve Carney Museum of Art