Taleamor Park


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.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

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.

Organisation founded in: 2015
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Other
  • Woodworking tools
  • Computer
  • Small hand and power tools available
  • Fabric and textiles
  • Access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Library
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Musical-instruments
  • Woodworking tools
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $53 to $76 per night (sliding scale)
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): Taleamor Park offers the opportunity to participate in residency development and maintenance by contributing 12-15 hours of work each week in exchange for residency fees.Taleamor Park especially seeks applicants who have experience in building maintenance and construction, gardening and groundskeeping, and park planning and construction.If selected, an assistant pays only the $100 non-refundable deposit and is responsible for the cost and preparation of his or her own meals. Assistants may apply for a stipend of up to $750 in addition to the fee remission.
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    If other, please specify: Optional public talk , exhibition, or reading
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Gardening
    • Forest Conservation
    • Open Studios
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: South Bend (SBN), Midway (MDW), O’Hare (ORD)
    Nearest Train Station: Michigan City IN and South Bend, IN New Buffalo, MI
    How to reach by plane: More info at http://www.taleamorpark.org/travel-informationSouth Bend: SBNChicago: ORD or MDW, then rental car, or Coach USA bus to Michigan City, Indiana, or CTA and South Shore to Michigan City, Indiana
    How to reach by train: More info at http://www.taleamorpark.org/travel-informationSouth Shore to Michigan City, IndianaAMTRAK to South Bend, Indiana, or New Buffalo, MichiganAMTRAK to Chicago and then South Shore to Michigan City, Indiana
    How to reach by car: See http://www.taleamorpark.org/travel-information
    Street & Number: PO Box 456
    Postal Code: 46352
    City: LaPorte, Indiana
    Country long: United-States
    PO Box 456
    LaPorte, Indiana 46352 USA
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