Deadline: 11/08/2018

Fall residencies: scenic farm near Chicago with 1854 house & spacious barn studios

Taleamor Park: scenic farm near Chicago with 1854 house and spacious barn studios.

DESCRIPTION: Taleamor Park, located in a beautiful and varied rural landscape 60 miles east of Chicago, offers an environment in which to slow down, focus, relax, recharge, create. There are bright spacious studios, comfortable private bedrooms, and idyllic walking paths that wind through farm fields and old meadows to woods and ponds. The co-directors, Clifford and Lisa Lee Peterson, strive to provide a working and living environment that is based in love, esthetics, and respect and that is conducive to both creativity and community.

DURATION: Scheduled residencies May through October are two weeks in duration. Fall residency periods are September 22 to October 6 and October 13 to 27. Longer residencies and cool-season residencies can be arranged.

DISCIPLINES: Taleamor Park welcomes not only artists, musicians, and writers in all media but also scholars from any discipline by special arrangement.

WORK EQUIPMENT and ASSISTANCE: Taleamor Park provides such basics as chairs, tables and desks, lights, and easels as well as vintage Macintosh computers, Canon digital camera, laser printer, Roland HP-605 digital piano, tripods, looms, basic hand tools, some power tools, John Deere tractor with loader, and so forth. Some limited assistance is available for choice and use of tools.

ACCOMMODATION: Residents are housed in 3500-square-foot Italianate farmhouse that dates from 1854. Each resident has a large private air-conditioned bedroom with bed, easy chair, lamps, and a desk with chair. Each of two floors has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a large common room. All residents share a spacious library on the ground floor as well as outdoor porches and patios.

STUDIO/WORKSPACE: Workspaces in the 1854 Italianate farmhouse include two common areas, a writing nook, a spacious library, and desks in each of the four large and bright bedrooms. There are three large studios with natural light, one in a brick outbuilding and the other two in a huge barn, that have lots of space to work and also huge pinboards on walls. One studio has an enormous sink and water. Spaces are large enough and flexible enough for multimedia installations and creation of large works. There is also a large studio above the library in the farmhouse. Outdoor projects involving earth, grass, branches, and other natural materials are possible.

FEES and SUPPORT: There is no application fee, and all accepted residents must pay a non-refundable $100 deposit within two weeks of acceptance. Fees, which are tiered according to ability and willingness to pay, range from $40 to $60 per night. A limited number of assistantships are available, which offer fee remission (except for $100 deposit) in exchange for 12 to 15 hours work per week.

EXPECTATIONS OF ARTIST: Residents must purchase and prepare their meals as well as provide transportation to the area. (Taleamor Park will pick up people from nearby transport hubs and provide transport to stores). Artists are expected to pitch in to help keep the house and studios clean and in good order. No harassment is tolerated, and civility is expected. There is no smoking anywhere on property. Artist may (but are not required to) participate in a community open house on the last Thursday of their residency.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Applicants should fill out the simple form attached below and send it (with work sample and bio or CV) six weeks or more before beginning of a residency. Applications will be accepted so long as places remain open; however, early application is highly recommended

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Fall residencies: scenic  farm near Chicago with 1854 house & spacious barn studios

Fall residencies: scenic farm near Chicago with 1854 house & spacious barn studios

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