Tallgrass Artist Residency

2018 Applications are now available online. The deadline is February 28, 2018.


A Residency Program Inspired By Prairie & Place

The Tallgrass Artist Residency, with support from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, is centered in the small community of Matfield Green, KS near the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. We also work with partners in Alma (The Volland Store) and Manhattan, Kansas (Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art).

This residency seeks to create connection and conversation across the Great Plains by inviting applicants who currently live in a place that is ecologically considered prairie (though it may be paved and urbanized!). Ideal applicants will have a strong body of work with a voice that reflects the artist’s own community; a dedication to place, and an interest in participating in a contemporary dialogue. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and career levels, media and practice.


Artist Symposium

The 2017 Tallgrass Artist Symposium will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 10am – 2pm at the Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan, Kansas.

The Tallgrass Artist Symposium invites all artists who participated in the current round of residencies to speak about their experiences at the end of the year. The event is free and open to the public, hosted by the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. The event is also live-streamed. If you are interested in hosting a viewing party from a remote location during the event, please contact us.

View the artist talks from 2016, here.



Group Exhibition

The 2017 Tallgrass Residency Group Exhibition will be hosted at The Bank Art Space in Matfield Green, KS from September 23 to November 19. An opening reception with the artists will be held on September 23 from 4 – 6 pm with food from the Surly Mermaid Food Truck and a bonfire to follow at Matfield Station’s Timber Arches.

More information: matfieldgreen.org/thebank