Columbia College Chicago

Artist Residencies

Current Artist-in-Residence

Yvianna Hernandez

ARTIST LECTURE + RECEPTION: August 28 • 6:00–8:00 p.m. Your Invited!

visit vivianna's site http://www.zakniteh.com/

These Afflictions of Mine III

"These Afflictions of Mine"
26" X 19" etching and aquatint on paper
c.2010

Artist Statement 2014

"My artwork is more often than not based on the human figure or at least incorporates it one way or another. The human body is a wondrous thing of beauty and biological engineering that never ceases to amaze me. For some time I focused solely on representing the body as a superficial object. Then, I shifted my focus on pushing outside that comfort zone to instead display it as the organic and plastic form that it truly is. Some years ago, I was diagnosed with three varying autoimmune diseases that changed my perception of my own body and how I wanted to draw in general. My body is constantly battling itself and eventually will fail and give in to the crippling effects of these illnesses. And though many of the symptoms are physically invisible at the moment the illnesses are very much there and active inside me. In fact, they’re inside millions of us. I like bringing attention to the physical deformities and pain that many people endure each day so that those who are unaffected may have some better understanding of it and perhaps be less apathetic. For me, art is a coping mechanism that I want to take advantage of while I still can."


The Artist-in-Residence program at Anchor was initiated as a service to emerging and established artists who have demonstrated a strong interest in printmaking, but may not have access to professional presses and equipment. The application process is open to all experienced printmakers, whether locally-, nationally-, or internationally-based.

The program is not an apprenticeship. It is offered to artists who are already proficient in printmaking, but are lacking an uninterrupted stretch of time to develop or work on a body of print-based work. Anchor provides Artist Residents with basic materials, shop access, the technical assistance of our master printers, and a small honorarium. As part of the residency, the resident artists interact with students in Anchor Graphics and Columbia College printmaking classes, present a public lecture about their current projects, and donate some of the prints created during their residency to the Anchor Graphics archives.

The Anchor Graphics residency is intended to provide time and facilities for an artist to work on a specific project. This residency is directed towards emerging or mid-career artists proficient in print-media. The selected artist is provided with shop time, space and some resources to work on projects as articulated in their proposal. 

Anchor Graphics welcomes artists into our shop for 3-week residencies during the fall, winter spring and summer.  

  • This program is offered to artists who are proficient in printmaking and who want an uninterrupted stretch of time to develop or work on a body of print-based work. 
  • Anchor will provide residents with basic materials, shop access, the technical assistance of our master printers, and a small honorarium.
  • Resident artists are expected to interact with students in Anchor Graphics and Columbia College printmaking classes and present a public lecture about their current projects. 
  • Each Resident is expected to donate a few prints created during their residency to the Anchor Graphics archives. 
  • This program was started as a service to emerging and established artists who have demonstrated a strong interest in printmaking and might not otherwise have regular access to professional presses and equipment.
  • This program is open to all experienced printmakers.

Please note: Artists are expected to edition their own work. Assistance will be provided if possible, but is not guaranteed. Anchor Graphics’ ability to provide housing and the amount of honorariums is dependent on a constantly changing funding situation and may vary from year to year. Anchor Graphics does not cover travel expenses.

For more information on Anchor Graphics’ link to:facilities. Access to screen printing, digital printing and letterpress equipment may be arranged,but cannot be guaranteed.

To apply for the next deadline, artists will need to email:

  • -10 digital images (please send JPEGs and make sure your images can be opened on a Mac)
  • -image list
  • -curriculum vitae (with contact info: email, phone number, and mailing address)
  • -artist’s statement 
  • -a brief narrative about the project you will be working on during your residency. Please articulate methodologies to be used in developing  this particular piece or body of work.

Additional materials not requested will not be reviewed as part of the application.

Email required items to  Anchor Graphics

Application materials may be sent in several emails if necessary.

Columbia College Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, creed or age. 
This program is sponsored in part by the Art + Design Department of Columbia College Chicago 
and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and  contributions form individuals and corporate donors.
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