IMPORTANT: Due to the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) events may be canceled or postponed. Please check with individual event organizers for the latest information about cancellations.

Call For Artists - Artist In Residence Program

Posted by DuPage Children's Museum ; Posted on 
Call For Artists - Artist In Residence Program




Request for Proposals for Winter Quarter Artist-In-Residence:
January – March 2020


Artist-in-Residence Program Overview

The Artist-in-Residence program is an opportunity for children and families to observe, learn, and interact with a professional artist. Artist and children will share in a collaborative and open-ended process of creating an artwork together to be publicly displayed in a business, organization, or community location throughout Naperville and DuPage County. This enriching environment and creative arts experience provides opportunities to further a child’s understanding and appreciation of visual art; help children find the artistic potential in unlikely materials; and engage children in the joy and freedom of self-expression, discovery, and imagination.

Artist-in-Residence Program Goals

  • Create temporary/portable final pieces that can be displayed in multiple locations.
  • Enhance the role of the Museum as a center of artistic  investigation for children, families, and the community.
  • Provide new avenues of art exploration for the Museum’s visitors and members.
  • Connect young children to the power of art-making and art as an expression of identity, experience, and collaboration.

Artist-in-Residence Location

The Artist-in-Residence working space is located in The Studio. Layout of work area will be determined by project scope.

The Studio offers daily walk-in hours for DCM’s visitors to explore art through open-ended creative processes that incorporate art, math, and science, and provides opportunities for visitors to participate in collaborative community installations.

Call for Artists

The Artist-in-Residence program is open to professional artists:

  • Locally based in DuPage County, Chicagoland area, any Illinois resident.
  • Working in a variety of media including, but not limited to: painting, sculpture, clay, textiles, paint, mixed-media, printmaking, and illustration. Desired qualification: Eco-friendly focus, artist incorporates sustainability practices into process.
  • Who have experience working with the public and teaching or creating art with early childhood/elementary populations – specifically those age birth to ten years old.
  • Who enjoy working with young children; children with disabilities; and children from diverse cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Who have publicly displayed past artwork.

Summary of Artist Commitments

  • Be at the Museum a total of 130 hours. 100 hours working with families in the Studio; this includes weekend days and some evening hours for special events.  (minimum 12 hours per week over the course of three months)
  • Studio hours to include artist’s collaboration with children and the art-making process, answer visitor questions, and artist personal working time on project where visitors can view project being worked on.
  • Collaborate with DCM’s Arts & Maker Specialist to design and facilitate workshops in local schools as part of the Good Show! Gallery exhibit.
  • Contribute to a bi-weekly DCM Artist-in-Residence blog that includes recaps of work-in-progress, photos, and video.
  • Collaborate with DCM’s Senior Marketing Manager to promote the project and provide tutorials on art-based projects through social media, and further the learning partnership between children and their adult caregivers.
  • Share Artist-in-Residence work-in-progress through personal marketing channels: social media, website, and print.
  • Participate and/or advise in the installation of the finished artwork at recipient’s location.
  • Remain available and/or accessible for troubleshooting or repairs (if needed) on finished residency artwork.
  • Complete a post-residency interview and survey.

What the Residency Offers You

  • Access to the Museum during normal hours of operation
  • Roughly 150 sq. ft. working space
  • $7000 honorarium, $1000 stipend for supplies
  • An opportunity to create a public artwork through the collaborative process working with children.

Learn more about proposal requirements and timeline at:

Support the Arts in DuPage!

Arts DuPage, an initiative of the DuPage Foundation, seeks to promote engagement and investment in the arts and creativity for all in the DuPage region. Please help us in this important work by clicking the button below and making a donation today. Thank you for your support!


Artsopolis Network Members: Akron OH | Austin TX | Bainbridge Island WA | Birmingham AL | Boston MA | Cape Cod MA | Cincinnati OH | Cleveland OH | Colorado Springs CO | Columbia SC | DuPage County IL | Durham NC | Essex County MA | Flagstaff AZ | Flint MI | Fort Lauderdale FL | Indianapolis IN | Kalamazoo MI | Kansas City MO | KeepMovingOKC | Macon GA | Main Line Area PA | Marin County CA | Marquette County MI | Mendocino County CA | Middlesex County NJ | Milwaukee WI | Montgomery County MD | Napa Valley CA | Nashville TN | Niagara County NY | Oklahoma City OK | Orange County CA | Orlando FL | Ottawa IL | Panama City FL | Pittsburgh PA | Providence RI | Richardson TX | Sacramento CA | San Antonio TX | St. Cloud MN | St. Croix Valley MN/WI | St. Johns County FL | Stillwater MN | Tallahassee FL | Utah | Ventura CA | York County PA