Bloom Residency

The Bloom Residency at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC) supports women artists of color in either exploring new printmaking techniques or expanding their existing print practices. Recipients are provided with one to three weeks of 24/7 access to CPC’s professional print studio, all necessary materials, and technical assistance throughout the printing process. The Residency culminates in the production of a limited edition, print-based work, to be published by CPC, and split between the artist and gallery. All proceeds of the sale of the print will support future residency recipients!  The CPC will promote the work of current and past Bloom Residency recipients on social media and on the CPC website. 

This is a flexible and artist-driven opportunity, with each residency adapting to the unique needs and goals of the individual artist. Women artists of color at any stage of their career and with any level of prior printmaking experience are encouraged to apply. While artists based outside of Chicago are welcome to submit an application, CPC is unable to provide housing at this time for Bloom recipients. Host housing may be an option, subject to availability.

Applications for the 2022 Bloom Residency are now closed. Stay tuned for the next cycle of the residency!

Applicants for the 2022 cycle will be notified by June 1. The schedule for the residency is flexible. The selected artist will work with CPC staff to determine a time to complete the residency based on mutual availability, ideally before December, 2022. 


The name of this residency was chosen by Octavia Ink, CPC’s inaugural resident. While at CPC, Ink chose to spend her time in the studio learning screenprinting to complement her prior experience in relief printing and illustration. Octavia’s Bloom Residency culminated with the published edition “Sister Rosetta Tharp”, a seven layer screen print (see below). 


Octavia Ink, Spring 2021 Recipient

You can purchase our collaborative print with Octavia here.

About the Artist

Octavia Ink is a printmaker, illustrator, and graphic designer. Originally from Chicago and now located in Grand Rapids, she graduated from DePaul University with a BFA in Graphic Design. Also a local activist, she uses her artwork as fundraisers for marginalized groups. Through hosting art giveaways, she gives away pieces of artwork in return for donations to various local causes that aid those in the Grand Rapids community. She believes in art as a form of expression, using her art to represent those who are underrepresented while bringing social justice issues to the forefront. As an illustrator, she is driven and inspired by Black women. She set out to push forward those who are severely underrepresented and even excluded from the art industry. She wants to see women that look like her at the helm and reflects that in her art.

Fore more of Octavia’s work, please visit her website and follow her on Instagram!