Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois

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Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois

September 30, 2017  -  January 14, 2018

International Feature Gallery

Learn more from the artists featured in this exhibition!
Emergence Artist Lecture Series: view the full schedule of lectures - click here!

First Fridays at the Museum!: view the full schedule of dates - click here

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As Peoria continues to emerge as a national center for the visual arts, artists, and creative talent, the Peoria Riverfront Museum is leading the region as the finest multidisciplinary museum in the nation by providing our communities a public forum to showcase artistic talents and inspire creativity in this place we call home.

Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois is a collaboration between the Museum and nationally recognized artists to share ideas, build strong community relationships, and continue 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 Tuccillo from Illinois Central College and Susan Czechowski from Western Illinois University - invited more than fifty internationally and nationally recognized artists to participate in this exhibition.

Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois is a platform for an ever-evolving tradition of premier contemporary 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.

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.

Sponsored by: Sharon & John Amdall

With additional support by: Peoria Riverfront Museum Visionary Society, Illinois Arts Council Agency, and Sid Paul Ruckriegel & Andrew Rand