6 to 12 months
Paid by host 

The University of Illinois, Springfield is funding a summer residency in Enos Park. It can be up to eight weeks in duration, beginning as early as June 1st and ending by August 4th. The stipend is $1,000 and the housing costs of $200 per month will be covered. At the conclusion of the residency, the artist will hold a show in the Visual Arts Gallery on the UIS campus.

Paid by artist 

$200 per month for living space, studio access, community partnerships, visiting curators/artists. Artist must cover travel. Meals not included.

Application guidelines 

A full application includes the following:

  • Cover Letter: Please provide a cover letter that outlines your specific interest in this residency, how the residency could inform or contribute to your practice, how you want to interact with the community, and how your practice will contribute to the community of the neighborhood.
  • Artist Statement: Please send a statement that will offer context in the review of your work samples.
  • Work Samples: A portfolio of 10 to 20 examples of work completed in the past three years. They will review still images and/or video. Still images should be formatted as JPEG files. Video submissions must be in MOV, WMV, or FLV format and may be no longer than 10 minutes total. Video can be complete works or excerpts.
  • Image List: Please provide a corresponding image list that will provide title, date, size, media, and any other applicable information for your Work Sample materials.
  • CV/Resume
  • References: Please provide contact information for two professional references that can speak to your investment in the field of visual arts as well as your ability to live in and contribute to a community.

To submit your application, you can email [email protected]. Do not email your images; instead images should be a link to a website or cloud file. You may also mail a hard copy and disk C/O Betsy Dollar, 700 North 4th Street, Springfield, IL 62702.

01/05/2018 01/06/2018


May 1 for the funded summer residency!

Springfield Art Association

Springfield Art Association

Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists


The Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists is a new residency program that is based in Springfield, Illinois. They offer long-term residencies that provide living and studio space and community through which to reflect and engage one’s work. They 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.

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 they 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 historic context of the neighborhood, work with the immediate community, and shine a light on the increasingly potent potential of the Enos Park revitalization.

Six-month and twelve-month residencies can serve up to four artists at one time. Resources provided to artists include living facilities, studio facilities, solo or group exhibition opportunities, studio visits with visiting artists and curators, opportunities to present lectures/discussions/workshops, and assistance with forging community/city partnerships as desired.

Accommodation Information 

Currently they have a duplex immediately adjacent to the Art Association campus, each unit has two bedrooms and one bath that can accommodate four individual artists, more when couples or collaborative teams share studio or bedroom spaces. Each space allows for each artist to have a bedroom for sleeping and a second as a workspace. Each unit is modestly furnished with beds, dressers, tables, chairs, sofas, etc. Kitchens include stoves and refrigerators, plus microwaves and coffee makers. There is a washer/dryer in the basement for both units to share. Basic linens, cookware, utensils, dishes and flatware are also provided. WiFi is included, no telephone landline service is provided.

Studio Information 

Studio spaces will be assigned to each artist based on individual needs. Modestly furnished work spaces will be located throughout the neighborhood, sometimes shared, sometimes individual. They will work with you to provide the features and furnishings you need to work. In addition, every resident artist will have access to the labs and studios at the Springfield Art Association (their studio facilities include the Condell Studio, Springfield’s best naturally lit 2D facility; a Jewelry / Metals Lab; Mixed Media Studio; Papermaking Studio; Ceramics Lab; and Mac Computer Lab).


The Enos Park neighborhood reached its peak during the late 1910’s and 1920’s and is a historic neighborhood in the capital city of Springfield. During the 1930’s through the 1960’s, many of the large, single-family homes were converted into multiple family dwellings and the neighborhood began a slow but steady physical decline. Many of the original immigrant families (particularly German, Italian, Lithuanian and Portuguese) also began to move out of the neighborhood as the city grew to the west and south. Fewer properties were owner occupied, and many of the residents are now renting apartments in homes originally built for single family occupants. A disproportionate number of rental properties led to both physical deterioration of the neighborhood and a changing demographic. By the late 1970’s and 1980’s this process had intensified and some areas within the Enos Park neighborhood had become fairly blighted with many structures being condemned and demolished. In recent years, several groups and individuals have taken a strong interest in the neighborhood, rehabilitating many of the structures and attempting to bring pride back to the neighborhood. A number of properties with architectural significance have been restored to their former glory, and the historic character of the area still prevails.

Since 1913 the Springfield Art Association, one of the partners facilitating this program, has been at the heart of Enos Park. SAA is Springfield’s community visual art center with a school of art which offers classes year round in a broad range of media in two multi-purpose studios, a ceramics lab, metals/jewelry lab, computer lab, and papermaking studio; an exhibition gallery; an off-site sales gallery with juried artist members; a dedicated visual arts library and an historic house museum. These facilities will be available to the resident artists, some of whom will be living on the grounds of the SAA.

700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
United States

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