Project 1612 is an independent artist-run space and micro-residency located in Peoria, Illinois. The space was co-founded in August 2015 by Jessica Bingham, Zach Ott, and Alexander Martin. Within a detached garage, the micro-residency is 4-5 days and artists’ must end their time with an exhibition that is open to the public. For the sake of our neighborhood, and since we are not a business, the exhibition is only up for a few hours during the reception on the last day of the residency. As artists ourselves, we understand the expenses of travel, lodging, time off, etc., and do our best to limit any financial difficulties or time constraints. We also consider this more of a thinking/experimental space, not necessarily a gallery in the formal sense, so we encourage artists to interact and activate the space while exploring new ideas and concepts. That being said, all forms of artistry are welcome: painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, installation, poetry, etc.
Project 1612 is not a business, it is an extension of our studio practice. There are no submission fees, no participation fees, and no sales of art. We simply ask that artists come to make and share their art with Peoria.