We have regrettably cancelled our CONNECT Residency for 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. 

CONNECT is a two-month residency supporting the innovative practices of women of color curators. The residency has a reciprocal approach, linking curators to Roots & Culture’s community of artists and audiences.

CONNECT is exhibition-based. Applicants will submit a proposal for a single exhibition that they will be responsible for organizing at the gallery.

CONNECT is open to curators working locally as well as nationally. Roots & Culture will provide on-site housing, and a stipend  to the successful applicant.

To apply:

Send all materials to rootsandc@gmail.com.

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.

Beyond organizing the exhibition, the curator will be expected to coordinate one additional programming event, which could include a tour, talk, performance, screening, or social event.

The reciprocal component of the residency includes the expectation for the curator to visit the studios of 15 artists who have worked in Roots & Culture’s other programs. 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 with whom the curator is already familiar. After the acceptance date of the proposal, limited modification of exhibition details will be allowed. 

At this time, Roots & Culture will only accept proposals from individual curators.