About

The Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists offers long-term residencies that provide living and studio space and community through which to reflect and engage one’s work. We accept applications from emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in all media, and especially those who emphasize community engagement, social practice, or socially-engaged works.

Our residencies can serve up to four artists at one time. Resources provided to artists include living facilities, studio facilities, solo or group exhibition opportunities, studio visits with visiting artists and curators, opportunities to present lectures/discussions/workshops, and assistance with forging community/city partnerships as desired.

The program is developed primarily as a means to support artists and secondarily as an avenue for community revitalization through artists’ contributions/works/relocation. The historic Enos Park neighborhood is in a transitional state. At the turn of the twentieth century this neighborhood was the jewel of Springfield, but like many historic neighborhoods it has suffered decline. Today we are working to revitalize the area and aspire to develop a rich presence of artists in the neighborhood to lead the city of Springfield into a new phase of history. Though not exclusively, we particularly seek artists who will invest in/work with the rich historic context of the neighborhood, work with the immediate community, and shine a light on the increasingly potent potential of the Enos Park revitalization.

Enos Park is just blocks away from Downtown Springfield and within walking distance of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House, The Lincoln Presidential Museum, and the home of Vachel Lindsay. Essential amenities, such as a grocery store and pharmacy, are also within walking distance. For those bringing cars, off-street parking is available.

Dana Thomas House, photo credit Nate Hofer

Dana Thomas House, photo credit Nate Hofer

Lincoln Presidential Museum, photo credit Bill Keaggy

Presidential Museum, photo credit Bill Keaggy

Vachel Lindsay Home, photo credit Daniel O'Neil

Vachel Lindsay Home, photo credit Daniel O’Neil

Old State Capitol, photo credit Macomb Paynes

Old State Capitol, photo credit Macomb Paynes

Lincoln's Tomb, photo credit Dan Coulter

Lincoln’s Tomb, photo credit Dan Coulter

State Capitol, photo credit Macomb Paynes

State Capitol, photo credit Macomb Paynes

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We are a member of the Alliance of Artists Communities.