The program is open to all artists and naturalists whose work highlights and celebrates the arts and study of nature within Black and Latinx communities including: sculptors, photographers, painters, printmakers, installation artists, videographers, sound artist, writers and poets, performing artist, researchers, scientists, educators, authors, environmental activists, and many more!
The Spring 2022 application is open September 7 – October 4, 2021.
Lodging for the Spring 2022 residency is available either on the Allerton estate or on UIUC campus. Bedroom/living space accommodations at Allerton include a furnished bedroom in the historic Allerton Mansion features wood floors, elegant furnishings, and breathtaking views of the surrounding property. Amenities include wifi, TV, laundry machine (resident provides soap). Furnished accommodations are also available on UIUC campus in Orchard Downs at no cost to the resident.
Partners and children of artists/naturalists residents may stay in the provided lodging during the residency term as long as they do not interfere with the goals of the residency. Pets are not allowed.
Yes, the Spring 2022 Residency is open to a mix of four artists/naturalists at one time. We encourage creative, cross-disciplinary collaboration between residents.
We want you to create work inspired by your experiences at Allerton and understand that may be different once on-site. Changes to proposed project will be evaluated by the selection committee and Allerton staff and require approval.
No, with some exceptions. We prefer quality work that is meaningful to the residents verses work that is rushed. You have up to a year to finish your production. However, if the residents are hoping to create a site-specific installation/conduct site-specific research before their residency period ends, the scale and scope of the project needs to be considered prior to the start of the work and approved by Allerton staff.
No, but we prefer the residents to immerse themselves in the Allerton experience during their time here. There is an expectation that you will live on-site for the majority of your residency.
This could be allowed, but prior permission will have to be granted, and this should be stated in your application.
Material support is not available, but there is plenty of found material that may be available for use. Please note the use of natural or found material in your application.
No. Allerton will not provide meals or laundry service. However, residents will have limited access to a kitchen and laundry machines will be available for use on-site. On-campus housing has self-serve laundry facilities. Residents will be responsible for all food, drink, and laundry soap.
Yes. The kitchen at Allerton includes includes use of a sink, microwave, hotplate, refrigerator, freezer, pots/pans, plates, and silverware. On-campus housing has furnished accommodations, including a kitchen.
Beyond the studio space, no equipment will be available to the residents.
Yes. If the resident chooses to reside on UIUC campus during their residency, Allerton will assist in the procurement of a vehicle to bring the resident to and from the Park. The resident must have a valid driver’s license and be able to drive themselves.
References can be anyone who can attest to you character and life as an artist/naturalist. Mentors, peers, professors and others.