Joe Richey had a vision of putting sculpture on the streets of Peoria, Illinois. Joe’s business, Tri-City Machine Products, is in the heart of Peoria’s burgeoning Warehouse District. A great supporter of the arts, Joe turned part of his facility into Prairie Center of the Arts, and created artists’ residence space. But, his vision always included large-scale sculpture on the streets.
In 2007 he began discussions with Craig Hullinger, then Director of Economic Development for the City of Peoria. The city worked to clear the challenges and the rest of the initiative has been entirely volunteer-driven. A team of dedicated leaders has worked for the last year to bring this exciting addition to the Peoria Warehouse District. Their vision – put art on the streets by June of 2015. The goal has been reached. Joe’s vision…now a reality.
Sixteen artists, representing nine states in the US and one other country, have installed their artwork on display through May 2017. Every year, a new set of sculptures will be installed and the goal is to grow beyond the current sixteen locations.
“Sculpture Walks” differ from “regular” public sculpture in that the pieces typically change out every year. Tours, people’s choice awards, games, and education are part of the programming for a Walk – and Sculpture Walk Peoria is no exception.
We are excited and inspired by the incredible sculptures the artists have created to share with the community. We are thankful for the generous sponsors who have made all of this possible. We are indebted to the committed volunteers who made it happen. We are grateful to Joe for pursuing his vision. And we are thrilled to present the 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria.
Sculpture Walk Peoria
Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois.
All of the pieces in the Sculpture Walk Peoria are available for purchase. Please contact ArtsPartners of Central Illinois for more information about making one of these wonderful sculptures a permanent part of your home or business. Call 309-676-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org