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Four artists will be selected to participate in a 12-week accelerator operated by gener8tor in Milwaukee, WI. Each member of the cohort will receive a $15,000 budget grant to be used towards their career and a seminal project. Artists will have access to studio space at Sherman Phoenix and office space at No Studios.

The accelerator program will take place October 2018 - January 2019. It is anticipated that members of the cohort will spend approximately 10-20 hours per week participating in the accelerator program, outside of studio time. The hours spent each week can be flexible to accommodate the schedule of each participant.


Seven jurors have been engaged to select the four artists. While gene8tor and program staff are administering the process, the selections will be made by an outside jury in an effort to remove bias. We are thrilled to be working with the following jurors for selection of the inaugural cohort:

  • Barry Blinderman, Illinois State University, College of Fine Arts

  • Chelsey Park, Carlos Rolon / DZINE Studio

  • Emily White, Gagosian Gallery

  • Erin Cluley, Erin Cluley Gallery

  • Gia Hamilton, Joan Mitchell Foundation

  • Lilia Kudelia, Dallas Contemporary

  • Lucas Spivey, Cultural Hustlers

application process

In the spirit of being transparent about’s process to select the four artists, the application/review process is outlined below.

Phase 1: Ranking

  • After all applications have been collected, a jury of external industry experts (outside Wisconsin) including curators, gallerists, administrators, and other cultural producers and practitioners will narrow the applicant pool to the upper quartile.

  • To remove bias, the panel will include representation across disciplines, and jurors will not review submissions by artists they have previously worked with. At least four experts will review each submission.

  • This will be done solely based on the three work samples artists provided in their application, along the “artist statement” or “story” supplied as the application narrative.

Phase 2: Second Round Ranking & Virtual Interviews

  • Applicants ranked in the upper quartile will be invited to participate in a 20-minute, semi-final virtual interview. Artists will receive prompts ahead of the virtual interview to help them prepare for the conversation.

  • Jurors will again rank the narrowed pool of applicants based on the dialogue from the virtual interview and the full content provided in the applications. At this point, jurors are encouraged to closely review all supplied web and social media links to help narrow to a final group of 10-12.

Phase 3: Studio Visits

  • Up to 12 finalists will be selected to participate in 30-minute, final-round studio visits in Milwaukee, WI. staff will work with finalists to coordinate a meeting location/installation space if one is not readily accessible.

  • The jurors will select four artists based on talent, ambition and their ability to be significantly impacted by the program.


Applicants may:

  • Be currently enrolled as a student(s).

  • Apply as a collective or studio.

  • Live outside of the seven-county Greater Milwaukee area (Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties). Note: 3 of 4 positions will be earmarked for Greater Milwaukee artists. One position may be filled by a national applicant.

Applicants must:

  • Be a visual artist, studio or collective creating original work.

  • All participants must be at least 18 years old.

  • Be able to participate, in person, in the 12-week accelerator.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a professional career in visual art.