Deadline: Open call

Taleamor Park: scenic farm near Chicago with vintage 1854 house & spacious barn studios

NEW for 2019: Taleamor Park offers one assistantship each session with fee-remission & $750 stipend.


Located 60 miles east of Chicago on a scenic 375-acre working farm with extensive parklands, Taleamor Park provides unique opportunities for site-specific installations, eco-artistic projects, parkland design and construction, meditative walking, and plein air as well as studio painting.

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.

There is a provocative contrast between Taleamor's participatory organic and native plant gardens and the adjacent industrialized agriculture. Taleamor Park borders the mid-continental divide, from which waters flow either to the Gulf of Mexico or to Lake Michigan and the Atlantic, highlighting issues of water quality and supply.

Scheduled residencies May through September are two weeks long. Longer residencies and cool-season residencies can be arranged.

2019 sessions are May 11-25, June 1-15, July 6-20, July 27-August 10, August 24-September 7, and September 14-28.

Taleamor Park welcomes not only artists, architects, musicians, and writers in all media but also scholars and practitioners from any discipline.

Taleamor Park especially welcomes residents who seek seek quiet time and ample space and who can respond to the unique ecologies, communities, and cultures of the farm and region.

Taleamor Park provides such basics as chairs, tables and desks, lights, and easels as well as a Canon digital camera, a B&W laser printer, an Epson V850 scanner, vintage Macintosh computers, a 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.


Residents are housed in a 3500-square-foot 1854 Italianate farmhouse.

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 and a laundry room on the ground floor as well as outdoor porches and patios.


Workspaces in the 1854 Italianate farmhouse include two common areas, a writing nook, a paper studio, 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 a wide, shallow sink and water. Spaces are large enough and flexible enough for multimedia installations and creation of large works. There is also a large paper studio above the library in the farmhouse. Outdoor projects involving earth, grass, branches, and other natural materials are possible.


There is no application fee. All accepted residents must pay a non-refundable $100 deposit within two weeks of acceptance.


One assistantship per two-week session is available, offering a full fee remission (except for the $100 deposit) and a $750 stipend in exchange for 12 to 15 hours work per week. Assistants generally work out-of-doors, often involving building and grounds maintenance and cleanup, construction, and gardening.


Regular fees for a two-week session, which are tiered according to ability and willingness to pay, range from $735 to $1060 (plus 12% tax). 


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 grocery stores). Artists are expected to pitch in to help keep the house and studios clean and in good order.

No harassment is tolerated, and respect for each person is expected. Smoking and the use of illegal substances is prohibited anywhere on property.

All residents have chosen to participate in optional informal presentations to guests invited from the local community to Taleamor Park on the last Thursday of their residency.


Applicants should fill out the application form and send it (with work samples and 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.

Deadline for assistantship applications is March 12.


Taleamor Park: scenic farm near Chicago with vintage 1854 house & spacious barn studios

Taleamor Park: scenic farm near Chicago with vintage 1854 house & spacious barn studios

United States of America

No application deadline / Open call

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