As artistic practice occupies an increasingly pluralistic field, The International Museum of Surgical Science believes that artists are uniquely equipped to extrapolate on Museum collections in innovative ways and introduce novel perspectives to the institutional depiction of medical history. The IMSS Artist Residency Program provides working artists with:
- Access to the Museum’s extensive collections and archive
- Working space within the Museum
- Visibility on the Museum’s website and social media channels
- A month-long capstone Solo Exhibition (or equivalent presentation) at the Museum
Residencies are 3 months long and available on a quarterly basis. The Residency is open to practitioners of any medium. Collaborators may apply but are limited to 1 application as such. Those applying as collaborators are restricted from applying simultaneously as individuals. Applicants must reside in Chicago or surrounding suburbs or plan to reside in Chicago or surrounding suburbs at the time of their application. The Museum does not cover the cost of travel to or from the city for this Residency and does not furnish a stipend for accommodations. The Museum selects one artist or artistic collaborative per quarter.
The International Museum of Surgical Science does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.
There is non-refundable $25.00 Application Fee for all applications.
|Q1 Residency||Q2 Residency||Q3 Residency||Q4 Residency|
|Application Period Opens||October 1||January 1||April 1||July 1|
|Application Deadline||November 1||February 1||May 1||August 1|
|Selected Resident Notified||December 1||March 1||June 1||September 1|
|Residency Terms||January – March||April – June||July – September||October – December|
Please be advised, Residency terms may be canceled if no applications are received. Any application materials received will be kept on file to be considered for future residency quarters.
How to Apply
Required Application Materials:
- Artist in Residence Application Top Sheet (Download Here)
- 1-10 Examples of Work in any medium
- Images should be attached in .JPG, .TIFF or .PDF format; time-based media should be attached in .MOV or .MP4 format.
- Files should be numbered 1 – 10 and will correspond with a Works List including titles, medium, etc.
- Multiple images documenting a single work (for performance, installation, etc.) are not to exceed 3 images.
- Time-based media examples, including video, are not to exceed 5 cumulative minutes.
- Writing examples are not to exceed 10 cumulative pages of text.
- Works List
- Works should appear on this list sequentially and correspond numerically with the Examples of Work.
- Each entry on the works list should include a (1) Title, (2) Medium, (3) Year of Production.
- Entries may be accompanied by explanatory/supplemental text not exceeding 50 words per work example.
- C.V. or Résumé
- 3 References
- For each reference, please include (1) Name (2) Relationship to Applicant (3) Years Acquainted and (4) E-mail Address & Telephone Number.
- Artist Statement (500 words maximum)
- Residency Statement of Intent (1000 words maximum). The statement must address the following 3 prompts:
- In what ways would your practice benefit from this Residency? In what ways do you envision access to the Museum’s collection informing your work?
- Are you currently working on a project that you would intend to carry through a Residency at the Museum? if not, what kind of project might you undertake as a Resident?
- How do themes of the body, medical history or health science figure into your practice?
|Applying Electronically||Applying by Mail|
|Please send application materials as attachments to:
Subject Line: Residency Application
|Please send application materials on a CD or USB Drive to:
|The $25.00 Application Fee can be paid online through the IMSS gift-shop using this link:
Please submit all application materials before initiating payment. The application fee must be submitted before the application deadline.
This Application Fee is Non-Refundable
|The $25.00 Application Fee should be included with your parcel as a check payable to International College of Surgeons.
This Application Fee is Non-Refundable
Please direct any questions not addressed above to firstname.lastname@example.org.