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TRANSIT aims to serve artists from multiple disciplines within written, visual, music and performance arts; our current residencies are for those with any arts background (our project-based Wild Card inbound program); alternative comics, 'zine, and self-publishing experience (our CHIPRC inbound program); and letterpress printing, printmaking, and/or book arts experience (our Hamilton outbound program).

Outbound programs offer Midwestern artists -- those from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin -- opportunities to experience working elsewhere, temporarily, and then showcase their work by arranging exhibitions, events, etc (as possible) back in Chicago, after the artist returns.

Inbound programs are for those who seek opportunities to create in an urban environment and/or specifically culturally rich Chicago. Programming plugs visiting artists into a range of existing arts communities throughout Chicago, allowing them to engage with the larger community. Artists from outside Cook County are eligible to apply (non-US artists welcome).


TRANSIT's Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) inbound program gives an alternative comics/zine artist from outside the Chicago area (NOT from/in Cook County) the opportunity to focus for two weeks on their craft with the goal of self-publishing new work, as well as sharing their process with others in Chicago's self-publishing community (the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo takes place each June, and TRANSIT's AiR will have the opportunity to present their work during CAKE's programming, as well as have a table in the exhibition space; AiR will also have the opportunity to offer a workshop(s) at CHIPRC, and will participate in their public open hours). Awardee receives $1,000 stipend.

Applications for CHIPRC must be received by TRANSIT by Friday, March 16, 2018 (5pm CST).

Selected artist(s) will be notified by mid-April 2017.

The CHIPRC Residency shall take place May 20th-June 3rd, 2018.

For complete info on applying:

To see prior application call, and other info visit our website:


TRANSIT's Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum outbound program serves visual artists (printmakers, letterpress printers, and book artists) from the Midwest (specifically Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) who seek the opportunity to spend 2 weeks making work at HWT, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton's collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. In addition to wood type, the Museum is home to an amazing array of advertising cuts from the 1930s through the 1970s, and all of the equipment necessary to make wood type and print with it, as well as equipment used in the production of hot metal type, tools of the craft and rare type specimen catalogs. Awardee receives $500 stipend.

Applications must be received by [2018 dates to come].

Selected artist will be notified by [TBD].

Residency shall take place for two weeks between June 1st and August 31st, 2018 (specific dates to be determined btwn AiR and Hamilton staff).

For LAST YEAR'S complete details and to apply:

And to see prior application call, visit:

2018 link will be posted once call is open. Links will be updated here, then.


TRANSIT offered a project-based inbound residency! We were inviting ALL types of artists/writers/performers from outside Chicago area (specifically, not from Cook County) to apply for a one or two-week residency in Chicago during Chicago Artists Month, in October annually. We call this inbound program WILD CARD! Transit is looking for project-based proposals from applicants. ANY MEDIUM IS WELCOME. Why do you want to come make work for a week or two in Chicago? And how may we, at Transit, best facilitate this so that both our city and YOU are most benefited by the experience? The best answer to these questions will be the application selected for our Wild Card inbound residency.

The WILD CARD Residency took place for two weeks during annual Chicago Artists Month, October, until the City of Chicago discontinue Chicago Artists Month in 2017. We are currently assessing ways to reintroduce this opportunity for artists.

To see prior application call, visit:



Chicago [*and other locations not in IL], Illinois: United States

TRANSIT is based in Chicago, however, we are not a "bricks-&mortar" residency. Instead, we partner with existing facilities that have the desire to bring in artists-in-residence but not the ability, and we administrate and fund the residency programs for them, in cooperation with our host-locations.

Our inbound residency programs are in Chicago. Artists from outside Cook County are eligible to apply:
TRANSIT's Residency with CHIPRC (Chicago Publishers Resource Center) is in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, walking distance from Wicker Park.

Our outbound residency programs are NOT in Chicago. Artists from the Midwest (as of Fall 2016, artists from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) are eligible to apply:
TRANSIT's Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum Residency is located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin (a 3-hour drive from Chicago, with Milwaukee about halfway between).

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2020 N California Avenue #155
Chicago, Illinois 60647
United States