Opportunities at CAD

Thank you for expressing interest in opportunities at Chicago Art Department.  CAD aims to support artists by exploring studio art, exhibition,  and learning opportunities. Through exhibitions, artist residencies, and community building, we are dedicated to cultivating voices, ideas, and practices based in the field of contemporary art. Check out our current opportunities below:


General Summary :

CAD is seeking students interested in gaining valuable preparatory experience as an unpaid Facilities Intern. Interns will work closely with the Facilities Coordinator on gallery preparation projects and assist with the general maintenance of CAD facilities. Candidates should be familiar with basic tools and possess strong organizational skills. The applicant must have availability Thursdays and  Fridays.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Gallery wall patching, sanding, painting, and building
  • Studio sinks management
  • Waste management and recycling as needed
  • Working with Resident Artists to help with physical space needs and gallery installations
  • Public event support for our monthly neighborhood art walks (2nd Fridays)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :

  • Self-motivated and reliable with the ability to work in a team
  • General repair skills and familiarity with power tools is preferred.
  • Must be reliable and possess good communication skills
  • Ability to dedicate 15 hours a month

To apply please send a statement of purpose and resume/cv to the CAD Facilities Coordinator carlos@chicagoartdepartment.org


With the CAD Street Canvas Project (SCP) we aim to showcase practices that are often considered “street art” and thought to exist on the periphery of contemporary or fine art. By highlighting various mural and graffiti practices we aim to illustrate histories and projects from Chicago and beyond. The SCP is driven to feature a variety of artists and practices, so we welcome applications of all kinds. Our selection team will be meeting in the middle of March to curate this upcoming opportunity.

While we seek specific support for this project, we can offer any exhibiting artist is the opportunity along with (1) marketing and promotions through CAD’s online networks, (2) 24-7 visibility on a busy street including specific lights for the wall at night, (3) a prominent place for 2nd Friday events which draw hundreds of people each month, and (4) undying support from the CAD community!

If you are interested in this opportunity please apply HERE.

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Interested in installing and exhibition at CAD? How about a workshop or public program? Please complete our Events/Exhibition Proposal form below. This form is designed to help CAD Staff review proposals and plan our calendar accordingly. We ask for as much detail as possible. We hold regular meetings to discuss the proposed exhibitions and will follow-up with confirmations. We aim for each show to have a clear vision including oversight/staffing, confirmed set of artists (including a plan to recruit if necessary), an outlook for marketing, a schedule for visiting hours and plans to execute/document.

Apply HERE

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2018-19 Current Resident Applications are closed for 2018-19, please email CAD General Manager Carris Adams if you have questions!

Chicago Art Department’s Residency Program aims to support growth opportunities for artists. As part of the application process, artists are asked to identify goals for their practice, strategies for community engagement,  and plans for exhibitions and events. At the end of each term, Resident Artists revisit goals to identify areas of growth while defining next steps for their practice – at CAD or elsewhere.

Goals for Resident Artists
1) To create new steps and growth through connections with other artists.
2) To engage in learning opportunities led by CAD residents and hosted by CAD.
3) To reflect on process and practice, and improve as a creative professional.

Requirements for Resident Artists
1) To develop new works through 12 months of studio practice.
2) To show new works in exhibitions, and interact with a public audience.
3) To participate in monthly meetings and critical discussions.
4) As of 2016 CAD shifted to also accept applications from small organizations who do not have a footprint anywhere else.

Subsidized Monthly Fees
If accepted for a 2018-19 residency, CAD resident artists pay subsidized, monthly fees of $275. In exchange for the monthly fee, artists have 24/7 access to CAD’s studio space, galleries to curate/host exhibitions, event spaces, and support to take home 100% of sales/profits/revenue from any resident-led programs.

Residency Application Process
CAD’s next residency year begins June 1st, 2018 and runs until April 30th, 2019 (11 months).  The application is below, please contact CAD Executive Director Mike Nourse with any questions at mike@chicagoartdepartment.org.


2018-19 Core Residency Program Applications are closed for 2018-19. 

Chicago Art Department is excited to announce the launch of CORE, a new pilot residency program that will challenge artists, organizers, cultural producers to lead studio work, events and public programs that will tackle contemporary topics that matter. Residents of all disciplines represent the creative change agents embedded within Chicagoland neighborhoods. The CORE Residencies are thematic, fully-funded, with stipends and budgets to support professional development.

The Core Residency Program is an 11-month program that aims to support artists who are interested in expanding their practice beyond making cool art. Artists are underrepresented in conversations of civic discourse. Through the Core Program, CAD  aims to give artists space, opportunity and critical feedback on their answers to timely topics in our cultural or political atmosphere. With themes such as Crossing Borders, Gender Visibility, Citizenship, and Contemporary Conversations, to name a few, artists can use CAD as a lab for programs, exhibitions, object making, workshops and more.

CORE Residents will work alongside Current Resident Artists, who will continue the current program model. The 2018-19 CORE residency themes are Pilsen, Crossing Borders, Immigration and Citizenship, Racial Equity, Contemporary Conversation, Learning Resident, Gender Visibility, ALAANA, Justice Reform, Critical Writing and CAD Alum.

Visit Core Artist profiles here. All Core Residents are required to have Office Hours for the public. If you’re interested in visiting any of the artist’s email carris@chicagoartdepartment.org