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Prairie Center of the Arts

The Prairie Center was founded in 2003 to provide artists with opportunities for research and development of new work; to provide an accessible facility for art and creativity that embraces the Peoria area community offering equipment and new technologies not currently available to the general public.

Moving into 2014 Prairie Center turned their focus on implementing a Community Print Shop and Book Arts facility, which will serve their community with residents, studio access, classes and workshops to enhance awareness of the fine art of printmaking and book arts.

The residency program in currently open to artists specializing in book arts and or printmaking and other disciplines.

'We share technology, equipment, space and expertise to foster the growth and knowledge of Book Arts and Printmaking in Peoria. Prairie Center is a place where ideas grow, projects come to life, and things get done.'

*at this time our shop is NOT set-up for etching, lithography, and papermaking.


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 6,000 square foot gallery located at the Cordage Building.


  • Residency Length: 6 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3-6
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 8


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: January 09
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    Application fee: $15 Preference is given to artist that can commit to using their studios 15-20 hours a week. project residency application accepted on an ongoing basis.

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

  • 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


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. If residents want to leave a piece of artwork we would be most appreciative. It is not a requirement.

Contact Information

1506 SW Washington Street
Peoria, Illinois 61602
United States