Bodies of Work

Chicago, Illinois

Annually, 3Arts partners with Bodies of Work (BOW) to provide three-month residencies that are customized, in-town fellowships for Deaf and disabled artists. These residencies are centered on the creation of new work, professional development, and advocacy for Disability Art & Culture and include $1,500 monthly stipends, accessibility support, and more.

Bodies of Work (BOW) is a consortium consisting of two primary organizations anchored at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), with secondary partners at UIC’s Disability Cultural Center and Access Living’s Art & Culture Team.

Fellowships are offered by invitation to practicing, Deaf and/or disability-identified artists who live and work within the Chicago metropolitan area. Artists are identified by research and engagement in the Disability Arts & Culture community and by former program alumni.

In addition to determining their own artistic goals, artists may opt to teach master classes, lead critiques, work in concert with students and faculty locally and nationally, engage in public performances and presentations, and access other resources at UIC or SAIC.

To learn more about artists in this program and continuing advocacy efforts, visit our Disability Culture Leadership Initiative.


Bodies of Work's website