To qualify for a Scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Apply to the ACRE Residency Program by program deadline.

  • Indicate eligibility for Scholarship and complete the financial aid section on the ACRE application form.

Scholarships are not guaranteed.

General Scholarship

A limited number of general scholarships are available each year. Awarded based on both merit as determined by our admissions process and financial need as determined by an admissions committee review of financial need statements.


2019 Special Scholarship Opportunities

Diversity Scholarship

ACRE strives to create an inclusive environment, welcoming and celebrating all media of art production with a focus in interdisciplinary collaboration as well as fostering the involvement of underrepresented communities at the residency. This scholarship was established to support heterogeneity on all fronts at the residency and throughout our programming in the Chicago area. We believe that providing an opportunity for artists underrepresented at the residency to attend ACRE free of charge will reinforce our goal of providing support to young and emerging artists in an inclusive and welcoming environment. *Individual artists as well as 2 and 3 person collaborative projects are eligible to receive this scholarship.

Southeastern US Equity Scholarship

The newly established Equity Scholarship will enable artists of color residing in the Southeastern United States to attend the ACRE Residency free of charge. This includes food and lodging for the two-week residency period, as well as access to the myriad facilities and artist community enjoyed by ACRE Residents. Additionally, this scholarship includes a travel stipend of $300. A branch of ACRE’s Diversity Scholarship Fund, the Equity Scholarship supports our goal to engage partnerships that will support heterogeneity on all fronts at the residency and throughout our programming in the Chicago area. *To qualify you must be an artist of color residing in the Southeastern United States.

* For the intent of this scholarship, “Southeastern United States” includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni Scholarship

ACRE has partnered with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to create a scholarship opportunity to accepted residents who are also Master’s level graduates from SAIC. We are excited to work with SAIC to further support the careers of their alumni and provide free services to their artists. Eligibility for the SAIC Alumni Scholarship will be based on successful completion of an SAIC Graduate Program within 12 months of the start date of the summer residency (July 2018). Both traditional and Low Residency MFA candidates are eligible. *To qualify you must have completed an SAIC Graduate Program between July 2017-July 2018.

Marwen Alumni Scholarship

ACRE has partnered with Marwen to create a scholarship opportunity for accepted residents who are also alumni of Marwen’s program. We are honored to take part in Marwen’s illustrious 29-year history of providing free visual arts classes to underserved Chicago youth by hosting the recipient of the Marwen Alumni Scholarship at the ACRE Residency. ACRE’s two-tiered programming structure supports emerging artists through its residency program in rural Wisconsin, and subsequently provides all residents with exhibition opportunities in Chicago during the year. *To qualify you must be a Marwen Alumnus. Recipients will be encouraged to share their ACRE residency experience with the Marwen community.

Marwen has been educating and inspires underserved young people through the visual arts since 1987. Each year Marwen provides free visual arts courses, college planning and career development programs to more than 800 of Chicago’s underserved 6th-12th grade students from throughout the city.

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Virginia Aberle Memorial Scholarship


This scholarship was established with the intent to celebrate the life and honor the memory of our dear volunteer, alumni, friend and collaborator, Virginia Anne Aberle. A pillar of the ACRE community, Virginia wholly embodied the values of collaboration and mutual support that we strive toward as an organization. Virginia’s Memorial Scholarship will provide the opportunity for an artist working with an expansive, community based practice to attend the residency program free of charge. *To qualify you must be an artist whose practice utilizes or engages with community.



ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions Project) is a federally recognized 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. All donations made to ACRE are tax-deductible.