Our admissions panel is comprised of an impartial jury of established artists, musicians, educators, thinkers, critics, curators, and makers of all kinds from Chicago and elsewhere in addition to a selection of ACRE alumni volunteers.
Jury members are asked to evaluate work samples and the written portion of the application. Scoring is based on the quality of work, the potential for growth, and appropriateness based on the facilities and environment our program offers. Application review is non-blind and conducted online using an application system similar to SlideRoom developed by ACRE administrative staff as well as a final in-person round.
Each year ACRE works with a committee to review the admissions process and select a new jury. Jurors may only serve on ACRE's admissions panel once within a period of 3 years.
Each year we have a free period to apply lasting approximately 10 days followed by 2 fee periods of $40 and $50. Application fees are used to pay our admissions panelists a small stipend of $100. Each application is reviewed by 5-8 panelist in each of our 3 rounds of review.
Notification of acceptance changes each year, but typically decisions will be issued by early May. Applicants awarded a residency must notify ACRE of intent to attend by the May 15, at which point artists on the wait-list will be awarded open spots.
Special thank you to all our generous panelists who give their time and expertise to this process!
2020 Admissions Panel
Dalina Aimée Perdomo Álvarez
Joseph Josué Mora
Shannon Herbert Waldman
Ting Yin Han
Yasmeen Nematt Alla