Artists and dates for 2020 have now been announced.


The Tallgrass Artist Residency will invite 8 artists/artist teams to participate in two-week residency periods between May and September, 2020 in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Residents are expected to give a public program of their choosing during this two-week period at one of our partner venues. Residents are also expected to participate in a group exhibition and artist symposium on Saturday, October 3, 2020. Residents are given lodging at Matfield Station in the small community of Matfield Green, Kansas for 10 nights during their residency and up to 2 nights during the artist symposium events.

Who Can Apply

This residency seeks to create connection and conversation across the Great Plains. We welcome applications from artists/art teams who currently live in a place that is ecologically considered prairie (← click the link to see a general map of this area).

New in 2020: We will accept applications from artists outside of the prairie ecoregion for one additional residency period, treated as an “ecoregion exchange”.

Ideal applicants will have a strong body of work with a unique voice or perspective, a dedication to exploring place, and an interest in participating in a contemporary dialogue. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and career levels, media and practice. We’re not currently accepting applications from previous artists-in-residence in the program. Because of our rural setting, having your own transportation during the residency is essential.

Program Description

The Tallgrass Artist Residency is a unique program that offers individual artists/artist teams time and space to retreat and research in a rural, tallgrass prairie setting. Though the experience is rural, it is not meant to be isolating. Artists are provided lodging in the small community of Matfield Green, 20 miles from Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and home to a growing number of artists and thinkers. Our Matfield Green team welcomes residents and helps in orientation to the Flint Hills region. We’re happy to connect resident artists with regional partners and audiences in ways that benefit research.

Applications are due by March 13, with notification by April 6.

Requirement Checklist

•Residency periods must occur in ten night blocks between May and September, 2020.

•During the residency period, each artist will give a public program at one of our partner venues in the Flint Hills.

•Artists are expected to participate in the Artist Symposium on October 3, 2020 and contribute at least one piece to the Group Exhibition.


•Artists will be provided 10 nights of lodging at Matfield Station during residency period.

•Artists will be connected with rangers at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and may be granted special access, upon request.

•Each artist will receive a stipend for travel and material reimbursement.

•Artists will be provided lodging for up to two nights in or near Matfield Green during closing events in October.

•Reimbursements will be available for shipping artwork to and from group exhibition.

If you have any questions about the residency, feel free to email program coordinator Kelly Yarbrough at: