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Richard Medina

Terrain Exhibitions: 2021 Residency


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 2021 Terrain Exhibitions 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 four to eight weeks between May 1 and September 4, 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. The Springfield Art Association follows Covid-19 safety protocols, among them: required masks, facility cleaning, and social distancing. There are no dedicated private studio spaces for Terrain residents, but studio needs are met on a case-by-case basis.

Residents will reside in the spacious residency duplex. Due to COVID-19, the two-bedroom apartment, which could have previously hosted two residents at once, can now only host one resident/couple/pod/family at a time. The apartment offers a two-bedroom unit with a kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, and large covered porch. Artists are provided with a stipend of $500 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 single PDF file:

  • 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 – September 4) that you can be available for a four-to-eight week residency (multiple options encouraged)
  • Current CV
  • 10 to 20 work samples with captions
  • A list of three references

Application materials must be received by March 31, 2021. Please submit your materials or direct questions by email to

Deadline: 03.31.2021
Name: Allison Lacher
Address: Springfield, IL
Phone: none