Prairie Center of the Arts, a member of the Alliance of Artists Communities, is a 501c(3) Artist-in-Residence program providing artists from around the world the resources and uninterrupted time to think and create.
Prairie Center of the Arts was founded in 2003 as a juried Artist in Residency (AIR) program to attract emerging and established artists from Illinois and around the world; to provide these artists and local 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.
We use the word “artist” in its broadest sense... to include traditional art forms, such as printmaking, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, and design, as well as installation and conceptual artists, writers and poets, composers, architects and others who envision and change the world through their creative endeavors.
Application for Residency
A residency award includes room, use of kitchen(s), laundry facilities, common areas, and studio space. We do not fund travel, food, computer, materials or supplies. One studio at the residential facility is wheel chair accessible.
Five artists are accepted at a time for one to three month residencies. Between 24-40 artists per year can be accommodated. Preference is given for applications requesting a month or longer. Two week residencies will be considered given availability of space.
Prairie Center is closed after the third full week in December through the first full week of January. Should you be awarded a residency, you will be contacted to discuss exact dates. Your flexibility helps our scheduling.
___ Residency Date________ Application Deadline
July 1 - September 30 April 15
October 1 - 3rd week of December July 15
2nd week of January - March 31 October 15
April 1 - June 30 January 15
We transport residents once per day from the house to the studios in Peoria and to grocery shopping once a week. The Cordage building is about eleven (11) miles from the resident household. The nearest full service grocery store is about seven (7) miles away. There is a Dollar Store & Mini-mart 1/2 mile away. You can bring a bicycle; however, it is not recommended that you bike between the residence and the studios. For maximum flexibility bring your own car. We have purchased bicycles for artists to get around the downtown area.
Prairie Center of the Arts is a completely smoke free environment. The resident household, Cordage factory, and all property and facilities are non-smoking.
Application Fee – $15 USD – Check or Money Order made out to Prairie Center of the Arts – Do not send cash. Non Refundable. You can also pay the Application Fee online securely through PayPal:
Deposit Fee - $100 USD is required within two weeks of a residency award to secure the spot. Instructions will be sent upon acceptance to the residency program. Upon arrival the $100 USD 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.
Prairie Center has residency opportunities for Peoria Area Community Artists at the historic Cordage building. Area artists are encouraged to apply to be a part of our artist community. Awards are based on an application and jury process. The length of a residency can run from a month to a year depending on what is outlined in the letter of intent. Applications are accepted on an on going basis. Use the application provided above.