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 the detached garage at the home of Jessica and Zach, 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 are an 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. 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.

Co-founders Alexander Martin, Jessica Bingham, and Zach Ott (photo courtesy of Jonathan Wright)

Co-founders Alexander Martin, Jessica Bingham, and Zach Ott (photo courtesy of Jonathan Wright)


In 2016, Project 1612 began an internship program to work with art students in the area. The internship offers opportunities to work with artists outside of the academic setting, install exhibitions and maintain the gallery space, and write and publish reviews for exhibitions in the Peoria area. Interns curate an exhibition of their work in May to complete their internship.

Current Interns:

Haley Funk - 2017-pres.

Dylan Pashke - 2017-pres.

Past Interns:

Anna Fredrick - 2016-2017


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