Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is The Artist Residency, Henry, IL?

The Artist Residency, Henry, IL is a three week program for undergraduate and graduate college students that pairs students with host families in Henry, Illinois.  Henry is a small town (population 2,500) located on a picturesque stretch of the Illinois River in Marshall County.  The student residents will use the three weeks to work on projects of their choice.  At the end of the residency, the student residents will display their works in an exhibit and reception open to all.

2. What are the goals of the program?

The goals of the program are to provide an opportunity for the student residents to develop as artists and to highlight Henry as a place that both welcomes the arts and one that can be further enlivened economically and socially by investments in culture.

3. Who is eligible to participate in the residency?

Both undergraduate and graduate college students studying the arts are eligible to apply for the residency.  The residency is seeking student working in the following disciplines: painting, drawing, graphic design, industrial design, and photography.

4. When will the residency take place?

Student residents will arrive in Henry on June 2, 2017.  The residency will culminate with an exhibit/reception that will take place the evenings of Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th   and a community project on Sunday, June 25th.

5. Who will select the student residents?

A committee of Henry residents and artists will select the residents.

6. What are the responsibilities of host families?

Host families provide a separate bedroom for the student residents for the three week duration of the program.  Families may also invite the student residents to participate in family meals and other events.

7. What resources are provided to the student residents?

Each student resident will receive a stipend of $750 for the period of the residency. These funds are intended to cover the costs of materials that student residents need for their work as well as any meals not provided by host families and other incidentals. The residency has also rented a storefront in downtown Henry where the student residents will work and display their work.  In addition to work created during the residency, students may display prior works.  They may also sell their work at the final exhibition.

8. What are the responsibilities of the student residents?

The student residents will work on projects of their choosing during their three weeks in Henry.  They will provide their own art supplies.  At the end of the residency, the student residents will exhibit their work.   Students will also participate in two art workshops for local residents and are asked to end their residency by participating in a community project with Henry volunteers.  The student residents will be responsible for designing and hanging the exhibit.

9. Who operates the Artist in Residence program?

The Artist Residency, Henry, IL is a program of Henry Community CHARACTER COUNTS!, a local non-profit organization promoting education and values.

10. How can I apply to be a student resident?

To apply, students should complete an application (available at the website www. and submit it and an electronic version of their portfolio by May 5, 2017 to: Applicants should also answer the following three questions in no more than a total of 1,000 words: 1 Why do you want to participate in The Artist Residency, Henry, IL? 2 What role can the arts play in developing community? 3 If selected as a student resident, what type of work would you like to do in Henry? Applicants will be notified by May 15, 2017 if they have been accepted into the residency.

Where can I learn more?

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