2 weeks to 2 months
Paid by host:

As an option to residents who want to offset costs, threewalls has a curated kickstarter page where we can highlight artists' campaigns to raise money for their stay. They are also open to other fundraising ideas or possible events to fund-raise for the costs.

Paid by artist:

The residency costs $200/week. A limited number of fellowships will be available.

Application guidelines:

Selection is based on quality of work, proposed project or research and its relevancy to Chicago and the greater Midwest region in the residency application.

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Three Walls

Three Walls


The Artist-in-research residency at threewalls offers opportunities to live and work in Chicago and take advantage of the unique resources offered in the Midwest. threewalls provides a home-base for that work, with connections and affiliations to a broad range of organizations small and large throughout the region.

An emphasis on interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and proposals that take our region and its communities and institutions as a specific site of inquiry are of interest, but not required. Since they have a gallery space specifically for resident use, projects with a public component are encouraged. Gallery/event space covers 150 sq feet gallery space with separate entrance that is connected to threewalls main gallery. It can be used for exhibitions, events, reading groups, shared meals, extra studio space, etc

They are looking for residents who want to become part of a vibrant artist-led organization, which hosts and produces exhibitions, public programs, conferences, discussion series, artist commissioning projects, and publications. They welcome cultural producers who are interested in writing, reading, organizing, and publishing and teaching as a creative practice, have a sense of humour and a desire to challenge themselves and their work. They can accommodate collectives and collaborative projects.

While the residency is mostly self-directed, threewalls staff will connect you with local organizations and curators for studio visits and possible collaborations. Residents also have access to our residency advisory board, which represents a diverse group of artists, critics and curators in the Chicago art community. They will include residents’ events and projects in our web and email marketing.


The Artist-in-Research Program is a laboratory for experimentation and critical dialogue, and a completed artwork or projects are not expected. Projects can include film, intervention, public installation, pedagogical experiments, publishing, recording, performance, curating or more traditional studio practices.

Accommodation Information

an apartment space with private lockable bedroom with adjacent office/studio space (200 sq feet), a shared kitchen and a workshop with basic tools located behind the exhibition space and office.



Contact information

119 North Peoria St. #2C
Chicago, IL 60607,
United States

abigail [at]