Bloom Residency

The Bloom Residency at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative 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 to produce a limited edition, print-based work.

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



The 2022 applicant pool was so strong that we ended up selecting TWO Bloom Residents. Chicago Printmakers Collaborative is excited to host Juana Estrada Hernandez and Alexandra Antoine as resident artists in the next year!


Alexandra Antoine is an interdisciplinary visual artist and cultural apprentice based in Chicago, IL. Her work acknowledges the influences of her Haitian culture and interest in portraiture, food, farming and physical labor in traditional artistic practices of the African diaspora. She honors the different forms and functions of her work in the process of her vision coming into fruition. She received her BFA in Fine Arts and Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.




Juana Estrada Hernández was born in Luis Moya, Zacatecas, Mexico and immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and her Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Estrada Hernandez is a recipient of the Southern Graphic Council International Graduate Fellowship Award, SITE Scholars Award, Center of Fine Arts Dean Travel Award, UNM Student Conference Award Program, and Ralph W. Douglas Endowed Memorial Scholarship. As an artist, Estrada Hernandez utilizes her experiences growing up in the United States as a young immigrant to create work that addresses social and political problems surrounding latinx migrant communities. Her creative practice stems from her love of drawing, Mexican folklore, pop-culture, Mexican culture, and her family’s migration stories.




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). 



Spring 2021

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.

You can purchase “Sister Rosetta Tharpe” (shown here), the collaborative print Octavia made during her Bloom Residency, here.