The ACRE Residency Program takes place every summer in rural Southwest Wisconsin. Developed as a means to support emerging visual artists, sound artists, musicians, performers, writers and curators, the program provides artists with the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices as well as take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. ACRE’s 14-day residencies host 25-30 residents at a time. Additionally, visiting artists are invited to conduct studio visits and present lectures, discussions, and workshops.
Set on 1,000 acres of wetland, hills, and farmland, the residency facilities include expansive communal work-spaces, a screen-printing studio, an outdoor wood shop, fibers studio, ceramics studio, an art & tech facility, and a sound studio. Shared accommodations are furnished with bathrooms, kitchenettes, and porches. All meals are provided, and are prepared daily using ingredients grown in the surrounding area.
Over the subsequent year, ACRE endeavors to provide further opportunities for exposure, community building, and professional development to its alumni. ACRE works with a board of Curatorial Fellows to produce exhibitions at our Chicago gallery, ACRE Projects, and partners with independent galleries and curatorial projects around Chicago to provide connections, resources, and public programming, performance, and other exhibition opportunities to our alumni following the residency program. All alumni are also given web space on ACRE’s digital flatfile, which is used for consideration for participation in exhibitions and other opportunities. These efforts complement other activities and programming designed to create the conditions for a thriving and enduring arts network.
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.
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.