Call for Proposals, Deadline is March 20th, 2020 5 PM CST

Residency dates: June 27th through August 29th, 2020

CONNECT is a ten week residency supporting women of color curators with innovative curatorial practices while linking them to Roots & Culture’s community of artists and audiences. CONNECT is open to curators working locally, as well as nationally and internationally. 

The residency is exhibition-based. Applicants submit a proposal for a single exhibition that they will be responsible for organizing at the gallery, that will open in July 2020 (date TBD.) Roots & Culture will provide a stipend of $1200, a shipping budget of $500, and the option of on-site housing to the successful applicant. Local curators can opt out of the on-site accommodations.

To apply:

Send all materials to

Submit a 300-word exhibition proposal, a current CV, 15 images and/or up to 3 two-minute video excerpts of works representative of the proposed show. Please send materials organized into folders, zip files, or via a third party download/ hosting site. Google Drive is a preferable option. There is a $10 submission fee per proposal, payable by check or Paypal, pay HERE. Mailing address is 1034 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60642.

The residency takes place June 27th through August 29th, 2020. The opening date of the exhibition will be on a Saturday in July. The successful applicant is expected to give a presentation about their work at a time TBD and host gallery hours on Saturday afternoons for the duration of their show.  As an additional component of the residency, the curator is expected to visit the studios of 15 artists working in the Chicago area during the ten week residency period. Roots & Culture will assist the curator with arrangements for the studio visits.

These studio visits are meant to connect our community of artists with the prospective curator. There is no expectation for the curator to program these artists in their exhibition. 

The proposal should reflect a fully formed exhibition with artists that the curator is already familiar with. After the acceptance date of the proposal, modification of the details of the exhibition will be allowed.

At this time, Roots & Culture will only accept proposals from individual curators. Please contact Roots & Culture at with any questions about accommodations. 

Finalists will complete an interview process before final decisions are made.