Ever since the pioneering 1969 exhibition Art by Telephone, the MCA has collaborated with artists in exciting ways. As the museum develops a vision for its future, it is becoming more audience-engaged as well as artist-driven.

This vision led the MCA to establish a unique artist’s residency. After studying residency models at arts organizations around the world, museum staff decided to distinguish the MCA’s residency as a museum-wide program with audience engagement at its heart.

While traditional residencies focus on production or research, the MCA’s forges relationships between top contemporary artists and the diverse public served by the museum. Resident artists including Mark Bradford, Martin Creed, and Goshka Macuga bring different ideas to the MCA each year, becoming catalysts for community engagement projects and timely discussions that reach communities all over the city.