About Studios Midwest

studiosmidwest Studios Midwest is now open for entries. APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 31, 2018.
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  • STUDIOS MIDWEST is a visual arts residency program dedicated to the creative expression of the artists who participate. This short-term residency takes place each summer for a period of 4 weeks (July 5 – 29) and is hosted by the Galesburg Civic Art Center, a nonprofit organization, located in downtown Galesburg, Illinois - a town in the heart of the Midwest, known for supporting its diverse artistic community, independent shops and eateries!

    In 1986 a small but enthusiastic group from within the arts community invited artists to Galesburg for the summer to create art, Studios Midwest was born. It has since grown into an artist in residence program with a rich history and continues to foster a sense of community between the participating artists and local residents year after year.  Studios Midwest has welcomed artists for over three decades!

    SELECTED ARTISTS WILL ENJOY:Knox College Whitcomb Art Center by Lara Swimmer

    Artists are expected to participate in a public presentation about their work, an open studio, and artist reception, as outlined in the Schedule of Events. Selected artists must commit to the entire residency to receive the stipend. Artists are not able to defer or reschedule if unable to attend the residency.

    July 5 – Artists Arrive
    July 7, 11am – Presentation
    July 19, 5-8pm – Art Walk Open Studio
    July 26, 5-7pm – Exhibition Opening Reception
    July 26-28 - Exhibition

    WHERE YOU'LL STAYAcademyStreetHouse
    224 South Academy Street – just blocks to the studio and downtown. Four bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, laundry in basement, furnished, including wifi, ac in bedrooms, artists should bring sheets and towel.

    A $25USD non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application paid via credit card or by PayPal. Submission of applications is only accepted online through www.galesburgarts.org. Artists in residence receive a $500 stipend to help with materials, supplies, and living expenses while in residency. Galesburg Civic Art Center is not responsible for organizing artist’s travel to Galesburg to attend the residency. Additional material supply stipends are not available.

    Upon submitting your application and payment, you will be directed to a “Thank you for your Studios Midwest 2018 Application” page – a signal your application has been received. A panel of arts professionals such as artists, curators, academics, and/or critics reviews residency applications – up to four artists will be selected. Notifications to all applicants will be sent via email after the selection panel has made its final decision – approximately two weeks after the January 31, 2018 deadline.


    Artists are responsible for obtaining and complying with visa requirements, and will be asked to provide a copy of documentation upon confirmation of acceptance. The Artist should have a good command of the English language as a translator will not be provided.

    Be part of a residency program with a rich history, supportive community, and dedication to the creative expression of participating artists.