Artists in Residence


Begun in 2011, our Artist in Residence program brings artists and audiences together, reaching out to communities all over the city. Each year, the MCA invites an artist (or artists) to the museum for extended periods of time to explore their practice, meet new people, use new materials, and experience life in a new location. The results are often provocative and wide-ranging—from mining the museum’s history to populating public spaces throughout Chicagoland with helium-filled balloons. You never know what you’ll see or learn.

2015–16 eighth blackbird

Six smiling people sport dark-colored formal wear

2013–14 Goshka Macuga

Portrait of a woman with long brown hair, blunt bangs, red lipstick and dressed in black standing in an exhibition at the MCA.

2012 Martin Creed

A glowing neon-light sculpture spells out the word "THINGS."