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Prairie Center of the Arts

The residency program at the Prairie Center of the Arts is open to artists practicing in a wide range of media. A diversity of artistic directions and interests is what keeps the Prairie Center vibrant and viable. The Prairie Center celebrates geographic diversity as well, having hosted residents from six countries and from almost every corner of the United States. About 200 artists have been awarded a residency since 2003. Eleven artists were awarded residencies during 2017 and to date in 2018. We are now able, once again, to offer residencies to artists from outside the Peoria area.


Peoria, Illinois: United States

The Peoria Cordage Building in Peoria, sits at the intersection of Washington and MacArthur Streets and is less than three hours from both Chicago and St. Louis. Warehouse Gallery One is a 7,000 square foot gallery located in the historic Cordage Building.


  • Residency Length: one to two months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 4-8
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 11
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 16


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: March 15, May 15
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    Summer Session - May 7 to August 31, 2018 - Apply by March 15, 2018 Fall Session - September 3 to November 30, 2018 - Apply by May 15, 2018 This is an open call for applications for one to two month residencies with housing for 4 artists at any one time. Application fee: $15 Preference is given to artists that can commit to using their studios 30 hours a week and have their own transportation.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
See the list of past residents on our website.
“The Prairie Center has given me the opportunity to be an artist, a teacher, a student, and a volunteer,” notes Chloe McEldowney. “As a resident artist, I have access to a personal studio and an impressive print shop. However, the Prairie Center has been so much more than a studio space. The PCA is very active, giving residents the opportunity to reach out to the community. Every month, the facility hosts a first Friday event, welcoming the community to walk in and get their hands dirty if they’re so inclined. In the months that I’ve been here, I’ve been able to volunteer with groups visiting the shop and teach printmaking classes. Additionally, I’ve taken classes myself and have learned many new printmaking processes. I’ve met some wonderful people, and I am incredibly grateful to be a part of such an active art center!”
— Chloe McEldowney

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Housing is provided for four artists at a time in the Prairie Center’s Germantown Hills residential compound. Housing is located approximately 20 miles from the studios. Artists must have a car in order to travel between the compound and studio. Artists housed in Prairie Center accommodations receive $25/week for incidental expenses.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Residents have access to a fully equipped kitchen, but provide their own food.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Printmaking, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    please see our website for more information about the studios and print shop.

Residency Fees

Application Fee: $15 non-refundable; Deposit Fee: $100 is required within two weeks of a residency award to secure the spot. Upon arrival the $100 becomes a key deposit and damage and clean up fee. It may be refunded if keys are returned and there is no extra clean up or damage to repair. Cancellations: If a residency is cancelled in writing within 30 days before the residency is scheduled to begin, the $100 fee will be refunded.

Stipends / other support

Artists housed in Prairie Center accommodations receive $25/week for incidental expenses.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Residents are requested to interact with the community in some way by showing their work, giving a demonstration, and participating in Open Studio Events including First Fridays.

Contact Information

1506 SW Washington Street
Peoria, Illinois 61602
United States