Terrain Exhibitions: 2020 Residency call for applications


Terrain Exhibitions brings contemporary art where it is most needed and least expected: yards, front steps, windows, porches, and roofs in residential neighborhoods across the U.S. (and beyond). This is an act of radical decentralization, taking art from privileged urban centers and bringing it into everyday spaces. By forging partnerships between artists and ordinary citizens, we create greater access for new and underserved audiences for contemporary art, empowering neighbors to make private spaces public in a spirit of generosity and collaboration.

Terrain Exhibitions is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Terrain residency program. The residency, hosted by the Springfield Art Association/Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists, is located in Springfield, Illinois, for a period of six to eight weeks between May 1 and August 31, 2020. Artists are invited to live and work at the residency duplex to pursue the development of public projects: public art installations, architectural interventions, performances, social practice, and community programs. We welcome contemporary artists from any background that are interested in working in/on the terrain, and in ways that align with the mission of Terrain Exhibitions. As many as four residencies will be awarded.

The residency duplex, located in a historic neighborhood within walking distance to Downtown Springfield, will serve as a central site/laboratory where projects can be developed, and offers unique architecture and surrounding grounds that are also rich with potential. The duplex is a high-visibility site and straddles the experience of suburban and downtown living. Residents will have access to the Springfield Art Association studios, which include a painting and drawing studio, metals lab, ceramics studio, a digital media studio, and a newly minted glass-blowing studio. There are no dedicated private studio spaces for Terrain residents, but studio needs are met on a case-by-case basis. 

Residents reside in the spacious residency duplex. Each two-bedroom unit offers a private bedroom and a shared kitchen and bathroom. Artists are provided with a stipend of $250 to help offset material and travel expenses, and the $50/week residency fee required by the Enos Park Residency program will be paid for by Terrain Exhibitions. Meals are not provided. 

To apply:

Please compile the following materials into a Google Drive folder. Be sure that the shareable link it set for public viewing to allow for the review process.

  • A statement that details your interest in the program and explains why the residency aligns well with you practice/research interests
  • Specific dates within the residency period (May 1 – August 31) that you can be available for a six-to-eight week residency (multiple options encouraged)
  • Current CV
  • 10 to 20 work samples 
  • Image script
  • A list of three references

Application materials must be received by March 12, 2020 23:59 CST.
Please submit your materials by email to terrainexhibitions@gmail.com