We aim to ensure all residents are comfortable throughout the duration of their residency. We provide our artists with everything they need to know about Vicksburg, The Mill and the team you will be interacting with during your stay.
HOUSING & AMENITIES
We typically only host one resident at a time, but we will, on occasion, have two residents on site. Every resident will always have their own personal living space. We will place residents in one of two houses in the historic village of Vicksburg, Michigan. Our village and its surrounding areas have plenty of resources and entertainment for residents to enjoy during their stay.
(10-15 Min Walking Distance)
- Breakfast: Rise N Dine, Mackenzie’s Bakery, Yogi’s, Mezanmi, Roxie’s
- Pizza (Delivery Available): Jaspare’s & Hungry Howie’s
- Grocery: Family Fare & Dollar General
- *Vegan/Specialty Groceries (15-30 Min Drive): Fresh Thyme, EarthFare, Harding’s Market @ Woodbridge, Trader Joe’s, People’s Food Co-op
- Ice Cream: Apple Knockers
- Lunch/Dinner/Nightlife: Village Hide-A-Way, Distant Whistle Brewery, Taco Bobs, Vickers, Main St. Pub
- Butcher Shops: Stubby’s & The Dawg House
- Shops: Silo Chic Boutique, Oopsy Daisy, The Wooden Stitch, Home Again Consignments, Liv La Mode
- Laundromat: Clean Getaway
- Books: The Vicksburg Library, Gilbert & Ivy Bookstore
- Arts & Historical Options: Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center, Vicksburg Historical Society
- Golf: Angel’s Crossing Golf Club, States Golf Course, Indian Run Golf Club
- Vicksburg Farmers Market: Every Friday 2-6pm (May to September)
SURROUNDING AREA ATTRACTIONS
(20-30 Min Drive)
- Air Zoo
- Western Michigan University & Kalamazoo College
- Kalamazoo State Theatre
- Farmers Alley Theatre
- Crossroads Movie Theatre
- Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts
- Wings Stadium (Home of the KWings Hockey)
- Great Restaurants: Crow’s Nest, Martini’s, Principle, ROCA, Brick & Brine
- Great Bars & Breweries: Louie’s Trophy Bar, Bell’s Brewery, One Well Brewing, Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, Green Top Tavern
Visit www.discoverkalamazoo.com for more local options.
ON THE MAP
South Haven (Lake Michigan): 1 Hour Drive West
Grand Rapids: 1 Hour Drive North West
Chicago: 2–3 Hour Drive West/Southwest
Detroit: 2–3 Hour Drive East
Traverse City: 4 Hour Drive North
THE MILL AT VICKSBURG
The Mill is an active construction site. Accessibility to certain parts of The Mill can vary depending on where our construction team is in their process, though we aim to give our residents as much access to the space as possible.
Both the interior of The Mill and its surrounding 80 acres of property have served as inspiration to past residents.
We work with accepted residents to find the best dates for their stay and can usually be very accommodating to scheduling needs. Upon arrival, residents are awarded a $500 travel stipend and are required to organize their own travel to the Vicksburg area. We recommend that you purchase your flights to the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (KZO). We can coordinate transportation from the airport to Vicksburg (about a 15 min drive).
HEAR FROM THE ARTISTS THEMSELVES
“Prairie Ronde proved to be a seminal artist residency in many ways. Until then, my focus was on international sites of environmental change but discovered— working in The Mill along with site construction workers as it was being renovated—a whole new aspect to my work; namely that an interior could be vast and engaging. Also, the support was amazing: having a car, house, stipend, exhibition and unlimited studio access is nearly unheard of.”
“My residency at Prairie Ronde not only provided me with time and financial support to research, write and deepen my practice with an ongoing book project, but also allowed me to experiment with new mediums. I was humbled and honored that the Prairie Ronde team facilitated my collaboration with tremendous musician Amaad Hardy at a time when I was thinking about trains (like the one near The Mill), liminal spaces for Black folk seeking freedom and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I am astounded by the radical hospitality of this space and the care of its people who create an environment where not just the art, but the artist’s full self, is championed.”
“It is rare to find a residence opportunity where you receive travel expenses, a stipend, use of a car, a lovely residence, food in the cupboard and fridge when you arrive, a great video interview and a gallery exhibit all while meeting wonderful new friends in a few concentrated weeks of working. Care like that can keep you going for years afterward. Thank you and Bravo Prairie Ronde!”
S. Erin Batiste
“My residency at Prairie Ronde came at a much-needed time in my life. The world was slowly coming out of the first year of the pandemic and I was at a crossroads in my practice and personal life. From the interview conversation, my exchanges with John were filled with care, generosity, respect and most importantly the intention for me to have access to everything I needed (and dreamed of) for a successful residency and to move forward in my work. During my wondrous six weeks there, I was able to spread out and write in comfortable accommodations and surroundings, and push the boundaries and presentation of my art. I worked with their phenomenal director and videographer and was embraced by the community. Overall, my experience was deeply rewarding and I left renewed with new work in fresh genres and mediums!”
“The month I spent working in The Mill was unlike any other period of creative time I’ve experienced. In addition to providing time, space and funds to make new work, Prairie Ronde lets artists loose in a gigantic and inspiring space steeped in the past. Exploring The Mill’s nooks and crannies, watching the light move through the spaces and listening deeply to each room in the building helped me to enter a focused headspace that I didn’t know I was capable of.”
“Space and light (with a big emphasis on the SPACE) were big perks of the residency here at The Mill. It’s been great to have all the ongoing work on display around me as I continue. Rudimentary, but the luxury of space-time-light is the most important part of the equation.”
Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder
“At first glance, we were overwhelmed by the colossal scale of the construction site that is the centerpiece of the Prairie Ronde experience—namely the monumental restoration project of an abandoned paper mill factory in the heart of Vicksburg. But as we toured the labyrinthian facilities with our visionary host and director of the residency, John Kern (each of us properly geared with hardhats and neon safety vests of course), a flood of ideas for creative interventions started pouring in. As installation artists, this was the inaugural moment in our collaborative venture as Gibson + Recoder where we were challenged into thinking big, thus inheriting something of The Mill’s promising forecast boldly stated on its banner: ‘Something Big Is Coming.’ “