Enos Park Residency

deadline: Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Enos Park Residency program for visual artists is a newly established and competitive residency program based in Springfield, Illinois. The program offers four-week to twelve-month residency awards to visual artists.

We offer residencies that provide living and studio space and community through which to reflect and engage one’s work. We accept applications from emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all media, and especially those who emphasize community engagement, social practice, or socially-engaged works.

Enos Park is now accepting applications through September 15 for residencies that will occur from October 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018.

Details: Offers a private bedroom in a shared facility within a spacious and comfortable duplex that is immediately adjacent to the Springfield Art Association campus. Every resident artist will have access to the many labs and studios at the Springfield Art Association. In addition to a traditional studio, we can offer empty lots, vacant homes, and other alternative sites for the development of work. Additional resources provided to artists include solo or group exhibition opportunities, studio visits with visiting artists and curators, and opportunities to present lectures/discussions/workshops, and assistance with forging community/city partnerships as desired.

The Enos Park Residency is a new program, and while we offer a largely subsidized residency, we are not yet fully subsidized. A modest fee of $50/week is required.

The program is developed primarily as a means to support artists and secondarily as an avenue for community revitalization through artists’ contributions/works/relocation. The historic Enos Park neighborhood is in a transitional state. At the turn of the twentieth century this neighborhood was the jewel of Springfield, but like many historic neighborhoods, it has suffered decline. Today we are working to revitalize the area and aspire to develop a rich presence of artists in the neighborhood to lead the city of Springfield into a new phase of history. Though not exclusively, we particularly seek artists who will invest in/work with the rich historical context of the neighborhood, work with the immediate community, and shine a light on the increasingly potent potential of the Enos Park revitalization.

Enos Park is just blocks away from Downtown Springfield and within walking distance of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House, The Lincoln Presidential Museum, and the home of Vachel Lindsay. Essential amenities, such as a grocery store and pharmacy, are also within walking distance. For those bringing cars, off-street parking is available.

Learn about application details here.

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