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  • GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World Opens

    (General - From Saturday, September 26, 2020 until Sunday, January 10, 2021)

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    ILLINOIS DEBUT!

    GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World 

    September 26 through January 10

    FEATURING THE WORLD'S LARGEST PLAYABLE GUITAR!

    "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" takes visitors of all ages on a fascinating and engaging exploration of the art, science, sound, history and pop culture behind the world's most popular instrument! Featuring a unique collection of more than 70 instruments - ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative - along with performance video, models and more,"GUITAR" gives you a chance to enjoy the instrument not only from the perspective of its history, evolution, and design, but through the music it has created and the technology that continues to enhance it.

    The guitar is one of the most enduring icons of the past 200 years, evolving from European and Asian instruments during the Middle Ages (oud, sitar, and lute). In "GUITAR," these instruments are displayed side by side next to the guitar as we know it today, with its signature hourglass shape. Packed with STEAM-based elements, GUITAR introduces visitors to concepts including electromagnetism, sound waves, frequency, decibel levels, mathematical scales, engineering design, and materials—along with amplification, memory skills, and performance."GUITAR" explores all facets of the guitar's history as an instrument of popular culture over four centuries to the science of creating sound with wood and steel.

    The museum gratefully acknowledges our exhibition presenting sponsors, Illinois Mutual, PNC, Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust and OSF HealthCare, with additional sponsorship by the Corporate Visionary Society Council and Illinois Arts Council.

    "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" is produced by The National GUITAR Museum. The NGM was founded to promote and preserve the legacy of the guitar, and is the world's first museum dedicated to the history, science, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar.

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  • Kids' Pix on the Giant Screen | The Santa Clause | POSTPONED

    (General - From Friday, November 20, 2020 until Wednesday, November 25, 2020)

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    Kids' Pix | The Santa Clause

    POSTPONED

    Purchase tickets online now - click here!

    Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa's place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he's dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn't a dream after all -- and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do. Rated PG. 1h 47m.

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  • Kids' Pix on the Giant Screen | Frozen | POSTPONED

    (General - From Friday, November 27, 2020 until Thursday, December 3, 2020)

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    Kids' Pix | Frozen

    POSTPONED

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    When the newly crowned Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. Rated PG. 1h 42m.

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  • Member Appreciation Weekend

    (General - From Friday, November 27, 2020 until Sunday, November 29, 2020)

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    Member Appreciation Weekend

    Nov 27-29

    Due to the new mitigation measures announced by the governor this week, the Museum will be closed to the public until further notice starting today. Our Peoria Riverfront Museum team of staff, volunteers, and board members still want to say "Thank you!" for your support as a member of the Museum family. Please enjoy these members-only perks the weekend of November 27-29 for Virtual Member Appreciation Weekend.

    Thanks for your continued support!

    • $10 Off Memberships*
    • 30% Off Everything in the Museum Store** and 50% off Guitar Merchandise.
    • Free Virtual Marc Eliot's Art of Film | Bridge on the River Kwai - more info to come!
    • Nov. 27 | 7 PM - Free Virtual Viewing of "Big Astronomy" with a LIVE introduction from Planetarium Director Renae KerriganThe Big Astronomy planetarium film will be streamed in 360 degrees, live to the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s YouTube channel. Take a vacation to exotic telescopes in remote reaches of Chile, from the comfort of your own home! You can view a 360 stream on your mobile device, on a desktop computer, or a VR headset.
    *New, Renewal, or Gift Memberships. Offer valid Nov 27-29 only. Online sales use the code "10OFF". Cannot be combined with any other offers.**Minus consignment items.To renew your membership online, click here, or call 309.686.7000.
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  • Laser Light Night | Beatles, Bowie, Daft Punk | POSTPONED

    (General - Saturday, November 28, 2020)

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    Laser Light Night: The Beatles, David Bowie, Daft Punk

    Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Listen to your favorite music - The Beatles, David Bowie, and Daft Punk - while being dazzled by the multicolored laser light show on the Dome. Enhance your experience - pick up spectrum glasses and refreshments from our concession stand and enjoy the show! 35-50 min.

    POSTPONED

    6:00 pm | Laser Beatles

    7:15 pm | Laser Bowie

    8:30 pm | Laser Daft Punk

    $5 Members | $8 Public
    *Multi-show discount available: $2 off for 2 shows & $3 off for three shows per patron.

    (For combo-priced tickets call 309.686.7000, or visit the ticket desk in person.)

    Buy tickets online now - click here

    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone at 309.686.7000.

  • LIVE at the Museum | Preston Jackson | POSTPONED

    (General - Saturday, November 28, 2020)

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    LIVE at the Museum | Preston Jackson

    POSTPONED

    International Features Gallery 

    Join local musicians in the "GUITAR" exhibition for live music every Saturday. 

    Preston Jackson was chosen a 1998 Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, the highest honor given to individuals in the State. He is professor emeritus of sculpture at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

    One of a family of ten children growing up in the small city of Decatur, Illinois, Preston Jackson became a storyteller and an artist at an early age. In his artwork he intends to deliver information about who we are, where we came from, and where we are headed. His training is in the field of metal fabrication, both steel and foundry cast metals, as well as in painting. The materials used most often in his pieces are cast bronze, steel, and stainless steel. His work tends to be narrative in nature, with emphasis on relating the details and personalities of our past.

    Preston was recently awarded a Regional Emmy for hosting "Legacy in Bronze", a television show featuring his Julieanne's Garden sculptures.

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  • Rockin' the Giant Screen | Wayne's World | POSTPONED

    (General - Saturday, November 28, 2020)

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    Rockin' the Giant Screen | Wayne's World

    POSTPONED

    Purchase tickets online - click here.

    Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) own a public access TV show and cannot believe their luck when a local station decides to hire them. Soon, they find out that their show is no longer the same. Rated PG-13. 1h 35m.

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  • Kids' Pix on the Giant Screen | The Polar Express | DEC 4, 5, 6 POSTPONED

    (General - From Friday, December 4, 2020 until Thursday, December 10, 2020)

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    Kids' Pix | The Polar Express

    Dec. 4 - 10 (December 4, 5, 6 POSTPONED)

    Purchase tickets online now - click here!

    Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Rated G. 1h 40m.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | Camille Claudel | POSTPONED

    (General - Friday, December 4, 2020)

    Camille Claudel

    POSTPONED

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    1988, Gaumont. French. Director: Bruno Nuytten. 

    With Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu. A huge, sprawling, 70mm biography of the woman who fell hopelessly in love with Auguste Rodin, a love that drove her insane. This is the film that made Adjani a star in America (she was already the biggest female star in France, after Brigitte Bardot), and earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy that year.

  • LIVE at the Museum | Barry Cloyd

    (General - Saturday, December 5, 2020)

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    LIVE at the Museum | Barry Cloyd

    Sat, Dec 5 | 2-3 pm

    International Features Gallery

    Join local musicians in the "GUITAR" exhibition for live music every Saturday.

    Barry Cloyd is a Midwestern based, full-time touring singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who performs more than 150 shows of all types per year. In addition to a touring concert schedule, he has been the resident stringed instrumentalist/vocalist on The Spirit of Peoria Paddlewheel Riverboat for 20 years, traveling the inland waterways. Barry also has created and toured dozens of original, commissioned edu-tainment programs which focus on our own history with music, typically performed as concerts at Libraries, Colleges & Universities.

    He has shared the stage & recorded with many stars of the Blues and Americana worlds including members of Buddy Guy's Band, The Byrds, Stephen Still's, EmmyLou Harris', The Oak Ridge Boys, John Denver's, Dan Fogelberg's Bands and extensive writing/performing work with David Raitt, brother of Bonnie Raitt and son of the famed Broadwayt star John Raitt. Barry is also a recording artist with 10 CD's, the last of which, the all original “Southland”, won an award for best Americana album in 2016 which resulted in his tracks “Spirit Dance” and “Know This River” being placed on radio stations in more than 45 countries worldwide. He recently won the “Artist Vision Award” from the Akademia international promotional group based in LA. Barry is also a self confessed “Guitar Junkie”, having been playing since the age of 6...and at present having a collection of more than 35 fine instruments.

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  • Rockin' the Giant Screen | A Hard Day's Night | POSTPONED

    (General - Saturday, December 5, 2020)

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    Rockin' the Giant Screen | A Hard Day's Night

    POSTPONED

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    The Beatles in their feature film debut, one of the greatest rock-and-roll comedy adventures ever. The film has a fully restored negative and digitally restored soundtrack. The film takes on the just-left-of-reality style of mock-documentary, following "a day in the life" of John, Paul, George, and Ringo as fame takes them by storm. Rated G. 1h 32m.

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  • Virtual Art Club via Zoom | Featuring artist Dana Baldwin

    (General - Tuesday, December 8, 2020)

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    Virtual Art Club via Zoom

    Featuring artist, Dana Baldwin

    Tue, Dec 8 | 1 pm

    Join us for virtual Art Club! Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. Each month we hear about a different artist or topic. We encourage artists to come talk about their own work, a style they love, or another artist they admire. Enjoy a casual discussion with PowerPoint slides. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to ask questions and discuss pieces of art presented.

    This month, artist Dana Baldwin will be presenting their own work while you enjoy coffee and treats at your home.

    The Zoom link will be available soon for the presentation.

    Fiber artist Dana Baldwin was born in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana. Her artistic process began as a child when she observed and studied textile masterpieces while living and traveling in Europe. The daughter of a military doctor father and an artist mother, Baldwin received a B.A. from Bradley University and a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, then interned at the prestigious Mayo Clinic (Rochester Methodist Hospital) as a clinical dietitian.

    As an award-winning fiber artist, Baldwin has been heavily influenced by the colors, textures and patterns of Spain, Portugal and northern Africa. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with shows at the Art Gallery of Vogue Knitting LIVE (New York City), the Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), the East Gippsland Art Gallery (Victoria, Australia), among other exhibits and venues.

    Baldwin's one-of-a-kind fabric and fiber creations have garnered numerous awards. She received the "Viewer's Choice Award" at the Mancuso Mid-Atlantic XX Quilt and Wearable Art Festival in Hampton, Virginia. Judge Cindy Brick called her work, "A real show stopper! Unique. We were impressed by (the) gown's overall impact and use of humble materials for a more sophisticated effect." The Bay School Rustic Art Show awarded one of Baldwin's pieces "Best in Show," with judge Ken Winebrenner saying, "For most outrageous 'rustication' by definition, with grace of form over dubious function, irony over practicality. Rusticity toward art."

    Her work has also received honors from the Virginia Fall Fiber Festival and the National ArtPop Billboard Contest, and is currently featured at Methodist College. Ms. Baldwin recently completed an artist's residency at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria. She was also recognized with a special Mayoral Proclamation, both for her impressive artistic achievements and for her contributions to promoting small businesses along Peoria's Main Street corridor, where she ran a studio and popular shop called The Sheared Edge.

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    If you would like to present at Art Club on your own work, discuss an artist, a style, or an art movement, please email: hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

    For more info or upcoming dates - click here.

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  • Modern Luthier | Featuring Rachel Rosenkrantz

    (General - Thursday, December 10, 2020)

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    Modern Luthier | Featuring Rachel Rosenkrantz

    LIVE Zoom Conversation, Limited Connections Available!

    Thu, Dec 10 | 7 pm

    Virtual Zoom Event

    Spend the evening with Rachel Rosenkrantz, a modern luthier and teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Zac Zetterberg, Assistant Curator of Art and avid guitar player from the Riverfront Museum!

    Learn about Rachel’s background growing up in Paris and her history with the guitar from functional musical tool to an artistic creation. Enjoy an exclusive tour of her shop and watch a demo of Rachel forming part of a guitar! During this program you’ll learn what it takes to build a guitar from scratch and see the cutting edge of alternative materials in guitar designs from beehives and vegan leather, to 3D printing.

    Questions will be welcomed at the end of the presentation. Advanced registration required. 

    $7 Member per connection | $12 Public per connection

    Register online now - click here.

    Only one connection is necessary per household, if everyone is tuning into one device. Please purchase one connection per device being used. Limited Connections Available.

    Questions? Email hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

    BIOGRAPHY

    Rachel Rosenkrantz is a French luthier based in Providence, Rhode Island, who spent a number of years playing music and developing architectural-design products. Born and raised in Montfermeil, France, Rachel studied Design at l’ESAG, in Paris as well as at RISD in Providence, where she was exposed to both fine arts and applied arts. Her understanding of construction through her industrial design years as well as her knowledge of music are two strong assets forming a stable backbone to her actual art-making of string instruments. Rachel is also a professor, teaching Spatial Dynamics at RISD in the Experimental and Foundation Studies Division. Just like her music and her designs, Rachel works her luthiery by exploring the combination of both traditional and new styles and techniques and tries to bring a unique perspective to her work with a strong focus on sustainability and innovation. Rachel is locally involved with the Rhode Island music community and is an active beekeeper.

    Rachel was featured in an episode of Raw Craft Anthony Bourdain, see other press - click here

    Website: Atelier Rosenkrantz

    Instagram: @atelier_rosenkrantz

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | On the Waterfront

    (General - Friday, December 11, 2020)

    On the Waterfront

    Dec 11 | 7 PM

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    1954, Columbia Pictures. Director: Elia Kazan. Screenplay: Budd Schulberg. Score: Leonard Bernstein.

    With Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger. This is one of the brightest gems of the studio era, with a Method-trained cast straight out of the famed Actors Studio. Waterfront established Brando as the preeminent screen actor of his time, and everyone in the film gave the best performance of his and her career. The film may be seen one on level as Kazan’s self-justification for being a friendly witness for The House Un-American Activities and naming names, before the making of Waterfront, but It is so much more. In this modern retelling of the Crucifixion, Kazan reaches far beyond the body politic to contemplate the relationships between morality, loyalty, sacrifice and redemption. The winner of 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Elia Kazan), Best Actor (Brando), Best Supporting Actress (Eva Marie Saint, in her film debut), and Best Screenplay (Budd Schulberg), On the Waterfront is American cinema at its finest. Even if you have already seen this film, to experience it again on the big screen, in its original and proper proportion, is to witness first-hand one of the crowning achievements of the art of Film.

  • Laser Light Night | Bowie, Daft Punk, Queen

    (General - Saturday, December 12, 2020)

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    Laser Light Night: David Bowie, Daft Punk, Queen

    Dome Planetarium 

    Sat. December 12
    6:00 pm | Laser Bowie
    7:15 pm | Laser Daft Punk
    8:30 pm | Laser Queen

    Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Listen to some of your favorite music from David Bowie, Daft Punk, and Queen - while being dazzled with the multicolored laser light show on the Dome. Enhance your experience - pick up spectrum glasses and refreshments from our concession stand and enjoy the show! 35-50 min. (Note: These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and some may not be suitable for all ages.)

    $5 Members | $8 Public
    *Multi-show discount available: $2 off for 2 shows & $3 off for three shows per patron.

    (For combo-priced tickets call 309.686.7000, or visit the ticket desk in person.)

    Buy tickets online now - click here
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Rockin' the Giant Screen | This Is Spinal Tap

    (General - Saturday, December 12, 2020)

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    Rockin' the Giant Screen | This Is Spinal Tap

    Sat, Dec 12 | 7 PM

    Purchase tickets online - click here. 

    "This Is Spinal Tap" shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real. Rated R. 1h 25m.

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  • Virtual Art Club via Zoom | Featuring artist Jessica Bingham

    (General - Tuesday, January 12, 2021)

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    Virtual Art Club via Zoom

    Featuring artist, Jessica Bingham

    Tue, Jan 12 | 1 pm

    Join us for virtual Art Club! Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. Each month we hear about a different artist or topic. We encourage artists to come talk about their own work, a style they love, or another artist they admire. Enjoy a casual discussion with PowerPoint slides. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to ask questions and discuss pieces of art presented.

    This month, artist Jessica Bingham will be presenting their own work while you enjoy coffee and treats at your home.

    The Zoom link will be available soon for the presentation.

    Jessica Bingham

    Jessica Bingham (b. 1989) is an artist, curator, mother, educator, and advocate working in Central Illinois. She is Curator at University Galleries of Illinois State University where she has organized solo exhibitions for Katie Bell and Eric Anthony Berdis, and has a forthcoming solo exhibition planned for Ashley Jude Jonas. Bingham is also the Director and Co-founder of Project 1612, an independent artist-run space and short-term residency program focused on ephemeral exhibitions and participatory performances. Project 1612 was founded in 2015 in collaboration with her husband Zach Ott and fellow artist Alexander Martin. Since the inaugural exhibition, nearly forty solo and two-person exhibitions have taken place, including artists Sophie Ansell, Claire Ashley, ZW Buckley, Reenie Charrière, Ben Cook, Linda Ding, Adam Farcus, Mona Gazala, Rachel Hausmann, Chintia Kirana, Joey Knox, Richard Medina, Eric Peterson, and Angie Saiz. Additionally, Bingham was the previous Curator at Illinois Central College where she organized solo exhibitions for Jan Brandt, Felicia Cannon, Jacob Guzan, Yun Jeong Hong, Ginger Lukas, Dan Ossandón, Ian Shelley, and Trish Williams.

    Bingham is dedicated to collaborating with and supporting local and regional artist-run, LGBTQ-owned, Black-led, and NFP organizations. She views such collaboration as an essential part of community development and pride. She co-organized satellite group exhibitions and programming for the 3rd (2017) and 4th (2019) Terrain Biennials. Participating 2017 artists: Gina Hunt, Bryony Hussey, Ryan Paluczak, and Dawn Robin. Participating 2019 artists: Sage Dawson, Venise Keys, Jam Rohr, John Steck Jr. In 2019, Bingham curated a two-part group exhibition at Super Dutchess featuring works by the members of Monaco, an artist collective based in St. Louis. Participating artists: Bruce Burton, Heather Bennett, Jennifer Colten, Sage Dawson, Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, José Garza, Meghan Grubb, Howard Krohn, Yowshien Kuo, Allison Lacher, Tim Portlock, and Edo Rosenblith. Furthermore, Bingham has written regional exhibition reviews for Sixty Inches From Center; co-presented about artist-run spaces at the Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference, The Business of Art, and Beyond Alternatives Symposium; juried and presented for Sky Art Peoria Celebration; co-organized an international film festival with the RPCA in the Peoria Community Garden; facilitated a donation-based art sale to raise funds for Peoria Guild of Black Artists and Girls Light Our Way; and is currently serving on the board of pt.fwd., an independent non-profit organization in Bloomington-Normal presenting performances of contemporary music and sonic arts.

    Bingham has also taught in higher-ed at Monmouth College and Bradley University. Through a variety of classes, including Drawing, Painting, Art History, Digital Photography, and BFA and Portfolio Seminars, Bingham invested in future artists by fostering classrooms that sought to develop individualized visual language, engage students in challenging conversations, and support research opportunities that furthered their interest in the art and art history.

    In addition to curating exhibitions and engaging community, Bingham is also a practicing artist. Bingham’s work has been exhibited at: Woman Made Gallery, Chicago; Neon Heater, Findlay, Ohio; Public Space One, Iowa City; Mantel Art Space, San Antonia; Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa; and Heartbreaker, Peoria, Illinois, among others. She earned her M.A. in 2014 and M.F.A. in 2016 in Painting from Bradley University and her B.A. from Monmouth College in 2012.

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    If you would like to present at Art Club on your own work, discuss an artist, a style, or an art movement, please email: hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

    For more info or upcoming dates - click here.

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  • Virtual Senior Morning Lecture | "Bronzeville to Harlem | An American Story"

    (General - Wednesday, January 13, 2021)

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    Senior Morning | "GUITAR"

    Wed, Jan 13 | 10:30 am

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    Join us for our bi-monthly free Senior Morning Lecture Series! This special educational program began more than 30 years ago at our predecessor museum, Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences. Advanced registration required, limited connections.

    This month our presentation is by Preston Jackson, Bronzeville to Harlem | An American Story .

    Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_y_XdXV9fQ0GPbRrLf49BwQ

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    The Senior Morning Lecture Series takes place on the second Wednesday of every OTHER month and is free for seniors.

    Peoria Riverfront Museum gratefully acknowledges our Senior Morning Lecture Series & Senior Free Days sponsor, Kim Blickenstaff.

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