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LATITUDE depends on Lab Assistants. These volunteers support LATITUDE by helping DIY lab users, maintaining the lab space and equipment, and providing administrative and production support on a day-to-day basis. Generally, Lab Assistants work one eight-hour shift per week. In return, Lab Assistants receive training on LATITUDE's equipment, access to the lab to work on their own projects, and access to a community of fellow artists, photographers, and enthusiasts.

While working on their own projects, Lab Assistant ink usage and membership costs are waived

LATITUDE is a community space, and the Lab Assistants are a key part of that community. This opportunity for dedicated access, professional training, and the chance to work directly with our artists in residence have helped us connect with a number of amazing people over the years. Our Lab Assistants are interested in joining a community, gaining technical knowledge, and may be of any age or background.  We accept applications from potential Lab Assistants on an ongoing basis!

Lab Assistants can be trained in:

  • Mural Printing
  • Printing, editing, and file management in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Bridge
  • Piezography Printing
  • Color Managed Workflows and Color Calibration
  • Basic Printer Maintenance
  • Scanning on Epson and Creo flatbeds
  • Drum Scanning
  • Print Handling

If you are interested in becoming a Lab Assistant, please send a CV and a brief email  to applications@latitudechicago.org about your interest, why you would be a good fit, and what you hope to gain from the experience. 

Current students may be able to receive credit for their participation in the Lab Assistant program. Please check with us or your institution for details!