Residency Program

Residency Studio Program

Prairie Center of the Arts provides artists with residencies in our Book Arts and Printmaking print shop facilities. This fully equipped Print Shop allows artists to use unique machinery and a plethora of type that most would not have access to otherwise.

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.

We provide free studio space for accepted residents with operational hours. We are looking for local area artists (or visiting artists that can provide their own housing) with a dedicated studio practice that can commit to using their studios 15-20 hours per week. 

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.

Please contact Michele at with questions before submitting an application.

The $15 application fee can be mailed to the Prairie Center of the Arts or paid online via Paypal.

Current Prairie Center A.I.R.'s

Prairie Center of the Arts provides time, space, and resources. The artists' job is to show up and make work.

Michael Gilbert, Printmaking & Book Arts

Chelsie Tamms, Letterpress

Barbie Kuester Perry, Drawing, Mixed Media, Printmaking

Elizabeth Klise, Poet, Mixed Media

Megan Kathol Bersett, Mixed Media, Printmaking

Allison Walsh, Painting, Video

Jessica Ott, Mixed Media, Sculpture

Anna Fredrick, Painting, Printmaking

Other Artists working at Prairie Center of the Arts

Susan Czechowski, Screen Printing

artists in residence working in the Print Shop at Prairie Center

Former Prairie Center Residents