HATCH is a competitive artist and curatorial residency program, where residents work in tandem to create conceptual group exhibitions. It is a juried, yearlong incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. Applicants who apply have trained to make art or art administration their vocation. A pioneering initiative of the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), HATCH fosters shared experimentation, exchange, and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.

Curatorial residents receive professional development through feedback from and working with the mentor curators, as well as through conversations and critiques with an active peer-to-peer creative network. Through this unique, hands-on experience and mentorship program, curators develop valuable insight and experience in contemporary exhibition-making.

Each curatorial resident manages a group of four artists for the year to realize professional and experimental exhibitions and public programming. Curatorial residents are expected to organize two small group shows (2-person shows) independently, and one survey show (12-person show) as a curatorial collective.

Curatorial residents each receive a $1000 stipend. They also each receive a $200 honorarium for guest critics per residency cohort.

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