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Prairie Center of the Arts

The 2019 residency program at the Prairie Center of the Arts is open to printmakers, book artist and screen printers. The Prairie Center has hosted residents from six countries and from almost every corner of the United States. About 200 artists have been awarded a residency since 2003. 20+ artists were awarded residencies during 2017 and to date in 2018.


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 Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    The 2019 application is now open. 2019 will be dedicated to experienced printmakers, book artists and screen printers. Artists of all stages of their careers can apply. Please apply 4 months before your requested residency date. An artist must find their own housing. Preference is given to artists that can commit to using their studios 30 hours a week.

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:
    Housing is not provided.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Residents have access to a fully equipped kitchen at the studios, but provide their own food.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Printmaking
  • 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

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