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The Fields Project?

In 1898 a group of artists and educators from the Chicago Art Institute, led by the eminent sculptor, Lorado Taft, founded the Eagles Nest Art Colony on the bluff high above the Rock River in Oregon, Illinois. The group was seeking a beautiful, cool, quiet inspirational place to take their families to escape the hot, noisy congestion of the growing metropolis of Chicago. Each summer for 44 years the artists returned to the Eagles’ Nest Art Colony not only to create art, but also to share it with the community they had grown to love. Thus Oregon inherited a tradition of art and sculpture in the midst of a thriving farming community.

On the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Eagles’ Nest Art Colony, a group of local artists and interested community leaders joined forces for the purpose of continuing the artistic heritage embodied by the original colony. They conceived of a mission to “Bring Art and Agriculture Together”, and organized the 501(c) 3 not-for-profit Fields Project Inc. to make their mission possible. Click here for more information on our history and detail on the Fields Project, Inc.

The Oregon Fields Project will provide a new retreat and plein air (outdoor painting) art experience this summer.

Artists interested in capturing the beauty of Oregon’s agricultural landscape may apply to visit during the month of June.

Applicants may choose to stay for a weekend experience (Friday, June 20 – Sunday, June 22) at the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center, or choose an extended visit (Tuesday, June 17 - Sunday, June 22) with lodging provided by a local host family or “farm host”. There will be a special evening of fun and ice cream on Thursday, June 19 at Barnacopia in Mt. Morris.

Both experiences will conclude on Sunday with an informal celebration, sharing of artwork and stories with fellow artists.