February 2011 Newsletter

 Happy New Year from Prairie Center of the Arts!

Launch of New Website/blog
Thank you to both Annie Richey, who resides in Guatemala, and Erin Zellefrow, our new Program Director, for taking on leadership roles in developing and launching a new website/blog for Prairie Center.  You can also see us on Flickr & Facebook thanks to Erin.

2010 in review
2010 was a whirlwind year for Prairie Center.  A new Program Director was hired, additional studio spaces were developed, a B/W photography studio was installed, and we began acquiring letter presses, type and etching presses to begin a print shop. 

We served artists by providing residencies, gallery exhibitions, studio space and lectures.  Artists came to Peoria from Illinois, Texas, Rhode Island, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, Ohio, California, Kentucky, Washington, Indiana, and New York. On the average artists in residence stayed 41 days and 61% of the artists served were from Illinois.  During 2009/10 residencies were awarded to Peoria artists, Robert Rowe, Kelly Krainak and Ryan Reed.

2011/12 Application Deadlines
We have changed our application process and we will be closed from December 15 to January 1. Applications must be postmarked by our new deadline dates. See the Application page. 

Proposed Residency Date               Application Deadline
July 1 - September 30                          April 15
October 1 - December 14                     July 15
January 2 - March 31                           October 15   
April 1 - June 30                                  January 15
July 1 - September 30                          April 15
October 1 - December 14                     July 15

Local Area Artist’s Residency
We are announcing the new local artist residency program.  Studio space will be awarded to a Peoria area artist through a juried process.  Length of the residency depends on the artist’s needs and the proposal put forth in the Letter of Intent. The artist selected for this studio becomes a part of the residency program and is able to interact with all other artists in residence.  Artists should use the same residency application as other applicants.

Introducing Erin Zellefrow, Program Director
Zellefrow hails from Rochester, NY.  She holds a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Due to popular demand Prairie has added a donate button to our website!  See the Support Us tab.  

New Mailing List
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