Artist-In-Residence - DuPage Children's Museum




Residency Openings: March – April, 2022 and May – June, 2022

Closing Date & Time for Proposals: Open applications until February 14, 2022


The vision of DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is that all children reach their full unique learning potential through hands-on play and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based experiences.

The Artist-in-Residence program is an opportunity for children and families to observe, learn, and interact with a professional artist. The Artist and children will share in a collaborative and open-ended process of creating artwork together.  

As a cultural institution and gathering place for all people in our community, we are seeking to diversify our art collection, presentations, and displays to ensure multiple cultures are visible throughout our physical space.  Artists will provide continued guidance to the Museum as we ensure that everyone in our entire community is welcomed into and represented in the art experiences we provide.

The Artist-in-Residence program is open to professional artists and makers:

  • Open to any Illinois resident.
  • Who have experience working with the public and teaching or creating art with early childhood/elementary populations – specifically those age birth to ten years old.
  • Who enjoy working with young children; children with disabilities; and children from diverse cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The selected artists will:

  • Commit to a total of 112 hours creating dynamic arts programming at DCM, including 70 Studio hours working directly with families at the Museum or at community events. 
  • Studio hours include the artist’s collaboration with children and the art-making process, answering guests’ questions, and time for the artists to work on the project in view of museum guests. 

Proposal Requirements:

  • Letter of Interest: Provide details about why you are interested in working with DuPage Children’s Museum and our community of families.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (include experience working with children 0-10 and/or families)
  • Artist work samples and proposal images 
  • Outline/Overview of proposed program and final work

Accepting questions for clarification on proposals and scope of the Artist-in-Residence Program through February 10, 2022.  

Send Proposal To:

Dustin Thacker, Arts & Maker Specialist

Timeline for proposal acceptance:

Released 12/1/21

  • DCM is looking for Artists to work in FY 22 (ending June 30, 2022)
  • The first residency will take place March – April, 2022  
  • The second residency will take place May – June, 2022
  • Artists selection will take place the week of February 14, 2022.
    • Selected artists will be contacted for an interview
  • DCM will keep record of applications and may follow up with future opportunities