Since 1999, the ESS Artist Residency Program has facilitated the creation of over 48 new works involving the exploration of sound. Audio art, experimental music, installation, cinema, performing arts, and radio art have all been represented in the roster of former ARP recipients.


ARP 2016

ESS is extremely pleased to announce the next installment of the Artist Residency Program, thanks once again to a generous Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


We will offer four 40-hour residencies through the 2016 Artists Residency Program (ARP). Candidates must be US residents; at least three of the residencies are for Chicago area artists, and one residency will be open to a non-Chicago US artist. Each residency includes access to the ESS recording facilities with engineering assistance. The ESS recording facilities include:


  • one 700-sq-ft live recording studio with 16-track ProTools system, baby grand piano, isolation booth, numerous microphones, amplifiers, and assorted gear;
  • one soundtrack, mixing, and mastering studio with ProTools HD, 5.1 surround-sound, and MAX-MSP/Jitter;
  • multi-channel mixing, playback, and sync-to-image capabilities;
  • various digital and analog processors and recorders, and location/field recording capacity.


Proposed projects must be completed by October 31, 2016.


The purpose of the ARP is to facilitate the production of finished works that will be presented to the public, so please propose only projects that can be completed within the allotted time frame. ESS intends to facilitate public presentation of these new works between October 1 and December 15, 2016, assuming that the finished work’s quality and format are within the scope of our presentational capacity.



Click below to download a pdf of the complete eligibility and submission guidelines for the 2016 ARP.

ARP 2016 call for submissions


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FLORASONIC: Tim Daisy: 'The Glass House'
Mar 13, 2016 - Jul 10, 2016
Bielak / Schmalz: 'Fourth Horizon' - gallery hours
Apr 30, 2016 - May 1, 2016
OPTION: Jim Becker / Joe Adamik
May 2, 2016 - May 2, 2016
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