Paid by host 

ACRE is excited to be able to offer a number of scholarships each year. If you intend to apply for these, you must fill in the financial need section of the application. Scholarships will be awarded based on both merit as determined by their admissions process and need as determined by an admissions committee review of financial need statements. Financial aid is not guaranteed.

Paid by artist 

Residency fee information (rates subject to change): 14-Day Session: $700. A limited amount of scolarships are available for each session.

    Application guidelines 

    Here you can find the guidelines and the sample application form. Questions or issues specific to the application can be emailed to [email protected]




    (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions)


    ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.

    ACRE was founded in 2010 in effort to provide the arts community with an affordable, cooperative, and dialogue-oriented residency program. ACRE’s residency takes place every summer in rural Southwest Wisconsin. The property, set on 1000 acres of wetland, hills, and farmland, is home to such wildlife as deer, bald eagle, heron, hawk, and rainbow trout, and is strewn with a vast network of rivers and springs. The residency facilities include numerous buildings which provide for expansive communal work spaces, a screen-printing studio, an outdoor wood shop, an art and tech facility, and access to both digital and analog recording equipment.

    Residents have the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices and take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. Additionally, visiting artists are invited to conduct studio visits and present lectures, discussions, and workshops. ACRE holds three 14-day residency sessions per summer , and hosts 25-30 residents at a given time. Over the subsequent year, ACRE endeavors to provide opportunities and exposure to its alumni.

    The residency takes place each year outside of rural Steuben, Wisconsin. There, several dozen emerging artists from all over the US join a staff of dedicated volunteers and visiting luminaries. The residency is a time to meet and form collaborations with like-minded peers, make work, learn new skills, and discuss ideas with a group of dedicated, talented makers. 

    Accommodation Information 

    Most residents stay in the sprawling Steuben Lodge, which houses around 40 people and contains a large central area that includes a library with wireless internet, breakfast area, computers, printers and scanners for everyone’s use, and more.

    Studio Information 

    The Chalet Studio, built in 2013, can accommodate a dozen work-spaces and is also home to the newly-launched fibers studio. The open-air wood shop, and the adjacent 1,500 square foot covered outdoor area can be great places to set up work spaces, especially if you’ll be utilizing the wood shop or screen printing area. Those working primarily with technology are encouraged to set up in the Art & Tech studio building across from the lodge building. Most apartments in the lodge have tables to work at and can be furnished with heavier-duty work tables upon request. These spaces are ideal for those wanting a more private work space.

    1345 W 19th Street
    Chicago, IL 60608
    United States

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