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Gallery space in VagnHall Galleri
Prairie Arts Center
Studio space in VagnHall Galleri

Bishop Hill | VagnHall Galleri Residency

Emerging Program member

The BHHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the unique history of the Bishop Hill Colony. The purpose of BHHA’s artist in residence program is to provide visiting artists with the opportunity to create and explore their work independently, using this distinctive pre-Civil War village as their inspiration.

BHHA will provides the following:

  • 2600 square feet of light-filled Studio and Galley Space on the second floor of the Prairie Arts Center (the second floor is called the VagnHall Galleri): which includes 20 3x4 windows with North, South, West, and East light; tables and chairs as needed
  • 24 hour studio access
  • All utilities
  • Publicity for artist-in-residence related programs: which includes email news blasts, website postings, poster distribution in a fifty mile radius of Bishop Hill, press releases to media outlets spanning northern and central Illinois
  • Supplies for workshop student participants, should this option be chosen
  • A four week exhibition of the artist’s work in VagnHall Galleri at the Prairie Arts Center, with the BHHA retaining 40% of the sales.

    This program supports emerging and established artists. Joint and group applications will be considered. Applications are invited from primarily visual artists; however, proposals from artists practicing other forms, such as writing, music, poetry, etc., will also be considered.

    Housing and food is the responsibility of the artist. The program support emerging and established artists. Join and grop applications will be considered. Applications are invited from primarily visual artists however proposals froma rtists practicing other forms, such as writing, music, will also be considered. Their will be a residency fee of $200/month for the studio space. This fee may be split in a joint/group application.

  • Location

    Bishop Hill, Illinois: United States

    Bishop Hill was started by Swedish immigrants as a religious communal colony in 1846. Today, Bishop Hill is a National Historic Landmark and a State Historic Site, with 18 pre-Civil War buildings still in use. The residency is located in VagnHall Galleri, located on the 2nd floor of the Prairie Arts Center at 203 North Bishop Hill Street. In Colony times, this building was the Blacksmith Shop.

    Contact Information

    103 North Bishop Hill Street
    P.O. Box 92
    Bishop Hill, Illinois 61419
    United States
    Tel: 309 927-3899