Emergence: National Artists of Central Illinois

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September 30, 2017 to January 13, 2018

International Feature Gallery

As the revitalization of downtown Peoria continues to bring new ideas and growth to the area, Peoria Riverfront Museum is supporting artists in our communities by providing a public forum for them to showcase artistic talents and inspire creativity. 

The Emergence: National Artists of Central Illinois exhibition represents a collaboration between the Museum and nationally recognized artists from throughout the area for sharing ideas, building strong community relationships and continuing to develop the national identity of the arts in Central Illinois. 

Museum curatorial staff, with assistance from prominent members of Central Illinois Arts organizations and institutions - including Oscar Gillespie from Bradley University, Joe and Michele Richey from the Prairie Center of the Arts, John Miller from Illinois State University, Andrea Ferrigno from Knox College, Anita Tuccilo from Illinois Central College and Susan Czechowski from Western Illinois University - invited more than fifty artists to participate in this exhibition.

This exhibition is intended to be the foundation for building an ever-evolving tradition of exceptional art exhibitions that recognize the contributions made by our nationally known artists to the cultural landscape of Central Illinois. Traditions communicate values, stories and accomplishments while encouraging groups of people to create and share a collective identity, which in turn serves to shape individual identities. They remind us that we are part of a history that defines our past, shapes who we are today and who we are likely to become. 

We are hopeful that this exhibition provides context for meaningful pause and reflection on the arts in Central Illinois and is a catalyst for creative and innovative development within our community.