Located 60 miles east of Chicago, Taleamor Park offers two-week and longer residencies for artists, writers, scientists, and humanists who can respond to the unique ecologies, communities, and cultures of the farm and region. The co-directors seek to create a loving, esthetic, and respectful atmosphere that balances needs for creative solitude and for community.
Taleamor Park is located on a scenic 375-acre LaPrairie Farm that offers changing vistas and terrains accessible by over two miles of walking trails. There are wooded areas, three ponds, organic small grains, native plants, fallow hillsides and fields, and acres of conventionally farmed corn, soybeans, and wheat.
There is a provocative contrast between Taleamor’s organic and native plant gardens and the adjacent industrialized farm. Taleamor Park borders the mid-continental divide, from which waters flow either to the Gulf of Mexico or to Lake Michigan and the the Atlantic, highlighting issues of water quality and supply.
On each floor of there 1854 Italianate brick farmhouse are two private, air-conditioned bedrooms, a shared kitchen and bathroom, and a common room. There is also a library and a paper studio. In addition, there are two large barns, a brick studio building, and a large machine shed. Spaces are especially suited to installations, mutli-media projections, and creation of large works. Residents can choose studios in one of the outbuildings, in the farmhouse, or even outdoors.
Taleamor Park is based on a 375-acre working farm owned primarily by artists Clifford and Lisa Lee Peterson. While it is anticipated that a non-profit corporation will be established, currently residency fees as well as Clifford and Lisa support the residency programs.
- Weeks: 2
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Textile Art
- Private accommodation
- Private studio / workplace
- Woodworking tools
- Small hand and power tools available
- Fabric and textiles
- Access to salvaged and natural materials
- Exhibition space
- Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
- Library/research resources
- Woodworking tools
- No requirements
- Forest Conservation
- Open Studios