For more than 40 years, Ragdale has nurtured artists from around the world.

Nearly 200 residencies and fellowships are now offered annually to creative professionals of all types, making Ragdale one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country. Each session, 13 artists-in-residence experience uninterrupted time for dedicated work on a 5-acre historic campus beside a beautiful 50-acre prairie, 30 miles north of Chicago. With live/work studios, all meals provided, and unmatched staff support, Ragdale lets artists focus on what’s most important: creating new work.

RESIDENCIES: Creative professionals of all types are eligible for 18- and 25-day residencies. Applications are juried annually by the Ragdale Curatorial Board.

THEMED RESIDENCIES: Creative professionals of all types working collaboratively are eligible for 5-7 day residencies for groups of 5-13 artists. Applications are juried annually by the Ragdale Curatorial Board.

CREATIVE SABBATICALS: Creative Sabbaticals are one- to three-week residencies tailored for people who may or may not be creative professionals, but who are interested in pursuing a creative project in an environment without distractions



“I’ll be back to feed my Ragdale jones.”
-Mark Winegardner, writer
Tallahassee, FL

  • 18- or 25-day residency sessions
  • Private room
  • Personal studio spaces for visual artists
  • 24-hour access to studio and communal spaces
  • Attentive staff
  • Family-style dinners prepared by Chef Linda
  • Opportunities to share work with and to gain feedback from other residents
  • Easy access to the cultural resources of Chicago and Milwaukee
  • Library of past resident works
  • Historic home and garden
  • Creative atmosphere, surrounded by peers
  • 50-acre native prairie
  • Recreational access to gym, beach, biking and walking paths