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:



OPERATIONS INTERNSHIP

General Summary :

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

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 25 hours a month

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


ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP

General Summary: CAD seeks an enthusiastic arts administration and facilities intern to support our staff with the management and upkeep of galleries, studio spaces, and residency programs. This unpaid internship is a great opportunity for emerging administrators to gain experience in all aspects of the daily functioning of a small, non-profit arts organization inside of the historic Fountainhead Lofts Building in Pilsen.  This is an excellent opportunity for a talented college student or recent grad to build and develop skills essential to working in a museum or gallery. One of the greatest benefits of working for a small organization is the value we place in each individual employee’s personal strengths and interests.  We are flexible and will work with you to develop your role to showcase your talents and help you grow as a professional. Duties may include but are not limited to assisting the General Manager with

  • Working with Resident Artists to help with physical space needs and gallery installations
  • Support organizing exhibitions calendar
  • Public event support for our monthly neighborhood art walks (2nd Fridays)
  • Help facilitate monthly meetings with artists in residence
  • Help facilitate private and public programming (i.e. workshops, exhibition programs, talks, etc)

Schedule

Flexible 25hrs/month

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


STREET CANVAS PROJECT

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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EVENTS/EXHIBITIONS PROPOSALS

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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CAD RESIDENT ARTISTS

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 2019-20 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, 20189 and runs until April 30th, 2020 (11 months).  Apply here!

Please contact CAD Executive Director Mike Nourse with any questions at mike@chicagoartdepartment.org.