Chicago Artists Coalition Reopens January 2021

CAC looks forward to reopening to the public on January 6, 2021. Visits will be by appointment only, on Wednesdays, 10am-2pm, and Fridays, 3-7pm. We care deeply about and make the well-being of our visitors, staff, and residents a priority. 


Letter from the Executive and Artistic Director

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, CAC closed all physical operations in March 2020 and looks forward to reopening to the public on January 6, 2021, by appointment only. Appointments will occur on Wednesday, 10am-2pm and Friday, 3-7pm. We care deeply about and make the well-being of our visitors, staff, and residents a priority. As COVID-19 evolves, so will CAC’s plan and security measures. Please check back to this page for new updates.


Safety Measures

A maximum of three visitors are allowed in the gallery at a time. Visitors are granted a 45-minute appointment by signing up online, at least one day in advance. 

COVID-19 visitor guidelines:

  • Masks and social distancing are required at all times.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entrance.
  • Temperature check before entry is required. Body temperatures at or above 100°F would prohibit entry.
  • If you experience any COVID-19 related symptoms, we kindly ask that you stay home and reschedule your visit.
  • If you have recently travelled from outside the State of Illinois, we ask that you quarantine for 14 days before visiting CAC.

For any questions or concerns email us:


CAC is pleased to announce the 2021-22 HATCH Artist Residents:

Grid image with profiles of the 12 HATCH artsits

Sirimas Benz Amatayakul
Anwulika Anigbo
Bryana Bibbs
Gabriel Chalfin-Piney
Jennifer Chen-su Huang
Helen Lee
Osée Obaonrin
Nat Pyper
Farah Salem
Roderick Sawyer
Jade Williams
Nayeon Yang

HATCH is a juried program for emerging Chicago visual artists and curators.
The residency offers the opportunity to produce collaborative exhibitions and nurtures an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice.

Learn more about our new community of artists here


CAC is thrilled to announce a new, anonymous donation made to the SPARK Grant program. 

This funding will allow for five additional awards to be given this cycle. Last year SPARK awarded 25 grants to Chicago visual artists in its second cycle. With the addition of this anonymous funding, SPARK will award an incredible 30 unrestricted grants of $2,000 to artists in 2021. 

SPARK Grant is an award opportunity for visual artists who identify as ALAANA (African diaspora, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American), an artist with acute financial need, an artist with a disability, or as a self-taught/non-formally trained artist.

The program is generously support by the Joyce Foundation and anonymous donor.

For more information, eligibility requirements, and application: click here

Important Dates:

  • Application opens
    December 14, 2020
  • Application Closes
    February 16, 2021

Additional Dates:

  • Virtual Information Session #1
    January 6, 4-5pm
  • Virtual Information Session #2 
    February 3, 4-5pm