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ACRE is excited to announce some changes to the ACRE Residency Program starting in 2018.

ACRE’s residency is a co-operative environment in which all community members contribute and help with chores. In effort to create a more equitable space and expand on the communal spirit of the program, ACRE will no longer be offering work-study positions for a discount on the residency fee. Instead, we will now offer 15 half-scholarships and enlist the help of the entire residency community to cover the chores that the work-study residents would have been responsible for. This will mean for the first time, all residents will be asked to chip in with 1-2 nights of helping wash dishes.

With this change, in addition to the scholarships we work to secure every year, we are now able to offer 40% of our residents some type of financial relief from the residency fee. This is a major step toward our goal of one day making the program free for all to attend.

In response to overwhelming feedback from alumni, ACRE is also pleased to announce that in 2018 all three residency sessions will be 14 days long.


ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is an artist-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.

Residency: Steuben, WI

Exhibitions: ACRE Projects / 1345 W 19th Street / Chicago, IL 60608


ACRE was founded in 2010 in effort to provide the arts community with an affordable, cooperative, and dialogue-oriented residency program. ACRE’s residency takes place every summer in rural Southwest Wisconsin. The property, set on 1000 acres of wetland, hills, and farmland, is home to such wildlife as deer, bald eagle, heron, hawk, and rainbow trout, and is strewn with a vast network of rivers and springs. The residency facilities include numerous buildings which provide for expansive communal work spaces, a screen-printing studio, an outdoor wood shop, an art and tech facility, a sound studio, a fibers studio and a ceramics studio. Accommodations are all recently built from salvaged timbers and furnished with individual bathrooms, kitchenettes, and decks. All meals are provided, and are prepared daily using ingredients grown in the surrounding area, which is renowned for its organic and sustainable agriculture and dairy farms.

Residents have the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices and take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. Additionally, visiting artists are invited to conduct studio visits and present lectures, discussions, workshops and other non-traditional programming. ACRE holds two 12-day residency sessions per summer and one 14-day residency session, and hosts 25-30 residents at a given time. Over the subsequent year, ACRE endeavors to provide opportunities and exposure to its alumni. Each resident is given access to an online “flat file”, where they can develop customizable pages to present their work and are offered an exhibition opportunity at ACRE’s 1,000 square foot gallery space in Chicago or at one of a number of “partner galleries” in Chicago and elsewhere. After each year’s residency, exhibition openings occur regularly throughout the year. These efforts complement other activities and programming designed to create the conditions for a thriving and enduring arts network.