Residency Dates: October 06, 2024 - October 26, 2024
Application Deadline: May 19, 2024

By drawing upon the language and tools of the design world and capitalizing on his expertise as a typographer as well as his 30+ year career as principal and creative director for Faust, a cultural branding studio, Bob Faust makes special projects born in the space between art and design. He believes these are  the two most powerful tools for social change and adeptly employs both to “make work that works hard.” As a conceptual artist, his practice is difficult to categorize as it crosses genres, mediums  scales and purposes, to ensure the project’s role is the primary driver of all creative decisions. Faust is also the professional and personal partner of artist Nick Cave. Together, the two recently opened a dynamic, multi-use, not-for-profit, creative space in Chicago called Facility. As an entity, it believes that art and design can create peace, build power, and change the world … that by fostering an environment and community built from your dreams you will wake up daily within your destiny. 

Faust has been recognized nationally and internationally for his inimitable creativity through many prestigious honors including: University of Illinois, College of Fine & Applied Arts, 2022 Distinguished Legacy Award; and City of Chicago, 2022 Mayor’s Medal of Honor. Exhibitions including: For And Nor But Or Yet So (Poetry Foundation); WA/ONDER (167 Green); with all, and still… (The Peninsula Chicago); Rapt on the Mile (The Magnificent Mile Association); Ways and Means (Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and The Chicago Transit Authority); About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art (Wrightwood 659); Great Ideas of Humanity: Out of the Container (Chicago Design Museum); gu lty / nnocent (MASS MoCA); Unfolded: Made with Paper (Chicago Design Museum); Betweens (Riverside Arts Center); and CHGO DSGN (Chicago Cultural Center). And news recognition from: Chicago Tribune; Newcity; NBC 5 News; Chicago Sun Times; CBS Evening News; and New York Times Style Magazine. 


Residency Statement
As a cohort of purpose-led makers, we will discuss the many crossovers and differences between art and design. We will identify how our individual practices exist and work on that spectrum. We will discuss existing projects and projects in the making, to push meaning, connect materials, explore aesthetics and increase impact. We will connect through optional, daily, yoga-based breath and movement exercises as a way to steep our bodies into our making minds. And we will also stay open to the potential of initiating a collaborative project together while onsite at ACA.

The best candidate for this residency would be either an artist looking to amplify the impact of their work’s purpose or a designer looking to use their purpose centered process to make art. I realize most of you are likely both artist and designer, but that there is a special fuel inside this fluidity that can be tapped into with deeper understanding.

This will be a low key, but very intentional residency.

There are no prerequisites required.

Application Requirements

Candidates should provide a short bio and CV as well as a letter of interest as to why they are responding to the above residency description. Specifically addressing what they hope to take back to their studio, or how they hope to leave the residency more prepared to move their practice forward.

Application: $25 | Apply

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