Sculpture Walk Peoria sells third sculpture from 2016 walk

“Prairie Walker” to be permanently displayed at ICC Peoria Campus

Sculpture Walk Peoria has sold a third sculpture from the 2016 walk. Sharon and John Amdall have purchased “Prairie Walker,” created by James Johnson of Charleston, Illinois. The sculpture was removed from the walk on May 25, 2017, and relocated to its new home at the Peoria Campus of Illinois Central College, where the Amdalls chose to donate the art.

Artist James Johnson is no stranger to education – he spent his career as a professor of art, and most recently served as Professor, Chair of the Art Department, and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Eastern Illinois University. “I am honored and pleased to have my sculpture placed at the new ICC Peoria Campus student center.  It’s a beautiful campus and having the sculpture placed where students, faculty, and the public can view it is especially rewarding. It has been a pleasure working with ArtsPartners of Central Illinois; their success in bringing a wide range of art programs to Peoria is noteworthy and deserving of recognition, especially the annual Sculpture Walk program which has greatly enhanced the public’s awareness of the arts and the contributions they make to enriching our daily lives,” Johnson said.

Sharon and John Amdall, ardent supporters of the arts in central Illinois and current ArtsPartners of the Year, were eager to keep “Prairie Walker” in the region. “This was the only sculpture from the 2015 walk that was held over to be part of Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 –  it attracted the interest of many people. And Sculpture Walk Peoria has repeatedly received very positive feedback about the sculpture over the past two years – it really ‘connects’ with people.” The Amdalls chose ICC because they are very impressed with what ICC has to offer: “The opportunity for people who may need a path to break a generations-long cycle of poverty, the opportunity for people who are good at working with their hands to acquire skills that can earn them great jobs, and the opportunity for non-traditional students to acquire very marketable job skills.  And the 600 scholarships that ICC offers to help make all of this happen.”

“We are thrilled to add this sculpture to the ICC Peoria Campus,” stated Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, ICC President. “Work of this caliber demonstrates the importance of arts at our College and in our community. We are grateful to the Amdalls for this addition to our collection by artist James Johnson, who spent a portion of his career in Illinois, helping students appreciate the arts and humanities.”

For more information on Sculpture Walk Peoria, please like our Facebook page or visit www.scupturewalkpeoria.org.  Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc.

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Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. Its mission is to enhance the appreciation for the arts in our community and educate the members of our community regarding the value of the arts via outdoor, public art spaces in the Peoria Warehouse District. In addition, art—in this case, sculpture—stimulates economic development by bringing people to the Peoria Warehouse District.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area.

SCULPTURE WALK PEORIA TO HOLD OPENING DAY CELEBRATION JUNE 3

The sculptures for Sculpture Walk Peoria 2017 have been chosen and will be revealed at the Opening Day Celebration on June 3, 2017, on Washington Street in downtown Peoria. This year, opening day has expanded to include more activities and entertainment. A community art project will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the festivities will kick off with a formal ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m. under the Bob Michel Bridge, followed immediately by the inaugural walk. During the event, there will be plenty to see and do: a variety of musical acts provided by local musicians, food trucks and vendors, kids activities provided by the Peoria Art Guild, and the community art project to paint art poles that will be installed along the walk.

Brenda Mahoney, chair of events for Sculpture Walk Peoria, focused on bringing variety to the event. “We really worked hard to make the event more inviting this year and specifically focused on a range of activities for all ages. We think this will be an awesome event for the whole family! The committee would like to see as many people as possible come downtown to celebrate the grand opening.” Jenn Gordon, Executive Director of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, pointed out that this will also be the public’s only chance to converse with the artists themselves. “One of the unique aspects of opening day is that the artists are here, having just installed their sculptures, and are excited to share their passion and talk about the inspiration for their works.”

The 2017 sculptures will be installed during the days leading up to the event, and the Opening Day Celebration is the grand opening of the 2017 walk. The sculptures will be on display for one year, at which point they’ll be taken down to make room for the next iteration of the Sculpture Walk. All sculptures are for sale.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is donor-funded and continues to be available because of its Charter and Diamond Sponsors: Peoria Warehouse District Association, Tri-City Machine Products, Muir Omni Graphics, Bradley University, CEFCU, Hanson Professional Services, PNC, Par-a-Dice Hotel and Casino, MAXAM, Prairie Center of the Arts, Unity Point Health Methodist-Proctor, Sharon and John Amdall,  Sid and Flo Banwart, Duffy Armstrong Farrell, Chris and Georgia Glynn, Joe and Michele Richey, and The Ransburg Family.

For more information on Sculpture Walk Peoria, please like our Facebook page or visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. Its mission is to enhance the appreciation for the arts in our community and educate the members of our community regarding the value of the arts via outdoor, public art spaces in the Peoria Warehouse District. In addition, art—in this case, sculpture—stimulates economic development by bringing people to the Peoria Warehouse District.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts for the economic and cultural enrichment of central Illinois.

Sculpture Walk Peoria sells second sculpture from 2016 walk

Sculpture Walk Peoria sells second sculpture from 2016 walk

“Hope” to be permanently displayed at Wildlife Prairie Park

Sculpture Walk Peoria is excited to announce the second sale of sculpture from the 2016 walk. Bill and Paula Cirone have purchased “Hope,” created by Charlie Brouwer of Willis, Virginia. This piece of public art is currently displayed on the Sculpture Walk in the Peoria Warehouse District and will be donated and relocated to Wildlife Prairie Park in Hanna City, Illinois.

“If you look carefully at ‘Hope,’ the piece tells the story of the park,” said the Cirones. “When we saw it on the Sculpture Walk, we instantly knew that we wanted to purchase and gift it to the park as a reminder of the mission, the legacy, and the future that the park holds for all of the families in our community,” said Bill. “The park is an all-generation park, one of the best known jewels in our community by many generations of family who have experienced a positive story there. ‘Hope’ is that park family.” The sculpture, made of locust wood, depicts a young family, the epitome of “Hope”.

“I depict people in poses and situations that reveal something of the human condition – our questions concerning our purpose and about our relationships with each other,” said sculptor Charlie Brouwer. “I’m a father experiencing being a grandfather – I didn’t have to search further than my own daughter and her family to inspire this sculpture.” Brouwer lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of rural southwest Virginia on nine acres of open fields and woods, with 20 outdoor sculptures placed along a half-mile walking trail. He calls their place “Out There” because of its remote location, but also because he believes that art can point us towards thoughts, feelings, and meanings beyond our immediate experience. “It makes me happy to know that ‘Hope’ will be part of the very family-friendly Wildlife Prairie Park,” Brouwer said.

For more information on Sculpture Walk Peoria, please like our Facebook page or visit www.scupturewalkpeoria.org.  Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc.

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Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. Its mission is to enhance the appreciation for the arts in our community and educate the members of our community regarding the value of the arts via outdoor, public art spaces in the Peoria Warehouse District. In addition, art—in this case, sculpture—stimulates economic development by bringing people to the Peoria Warehouse District.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts for the economic and cultural enrichment of central Illinois.

Photo: Jeanette Kosier

Sculpture Walk Peoria asks “What Does Art Taste Like?”

Peoria, IL – January 30, 2017–Sculpture Walk Peoria has partnered with 14 local restaurants to find the answer to the question, “What Does Art Taste Like?” In an effort to promote the sculptures on the 2016 walk and celebrate the artistry of local chefs, a creative new event is underway in the Greater Peoria area.  Beginning January 30th and through the end of April, patrons will have the opportunity to visit the participating restaurants and order a truly unique menu item: a creation inspired by a sculpture of the chef’s choosing.

Lynette Steger, a member of the Sculpture Walk Peoria committee, says the idea came to her when she and her spouse were working on the student learning outcomes in the Sculpture Walk Peoria educational booklet. “What Does Art Taste Like? was the whimsical answer to: ‘How do we bring more people to the table?’ I hoped to connect Sculpture Walk with not only a wider audience, but also bring opportunity and inspiration to local chefs who are artists in their own right.”

Says Bruce Brown, chef and owner of Paparazzi, “our decision to participate was an easy one. Food is art, and like art, a journey of the senses. The visuals as a dish is served, the arrangement on the plate, the color, texture, the total dish the individual SEES, even before tasting.” Chef Kyle and General Manager Kevin Myszkowski from Harvest Café decided to participate because the event cross promotes knowledge of the arts as a whole, culinary or otherwise: “We found this event quite innovative and unique.  Art does indeed play a role in our process of designing dishes.” Martha Huebner from Trefzger’s agrees. “I just love art in all forms, and we have made a conscious decision to connect with the arts community in Peoria through our new venue, so it was a simple decision to join in the fun!”

Sculpture Walk Peoria is thrilled to partner with these restaurateurs and see what art on the street has inspired to become art on the plate. The list of restaurants and participating dates are:

January 30-March 11: Two25, The Chef and the Baker, Trefzger’s

February 27-April 8: Noir, Hearth, 2Chez, PVII, Paparazzi

March 20-April 29: Harvest Café, Kemp 208, Spotted Cow, Rhodell Brewery, Maria’s

More information on participating restaurants, the menu items, and the sculptures that inspired them can be found on our website www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org and on our Facebook page.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. Its mission is to enhance the appreciation for the arts in our community and educate the members of our community regarding the value of the arts via outdoor, public art spaces in the Peoria Warehouse District. In addition, art—in this case, sculpture—stimulates economic development by bringing people to the Peoria Warehouse District.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts for the economic and cultural enrichment of central Illinois.

JURY MEMBERS SELECTED FOR SCULPTURE WALK PEORIA 2017

PEORIA, IL- January 23, 2017– On January 20, 2017, the Sculpture Walk Peoria call for entries closed with a final count of 126 entries from 64 different artists which came from 21 states and the District of Columbia, and 3 from outside the United States. Thanks to the generous support of local individuals and organizations, Sculpture Walk Peoria will continue to assist in the transformation of the Peoria Warehouse District in 2017. The following distinguished arts, business, and community leaders will select the winning sculptures for the 2017 outdoor exhibition:

William Butler – Artist; Executive Director, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

Jennifer Costa – Sculptor; Chair and Professor of Art at Illinois Central College

Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat – Superintendent, Peoria Public Schools

Duffy Armstrong Farrell – Artist, Board member of Arts Alliance Illinois, Former director of the Peoria Art Guild, Former Curator of Education and Public Relations Director of Lakeview Museum

David Koehler – Illinois State Senator

Katie McCord-Jenkins – President of Illinois Mutual

Marlene Miller – Sculptor; exhibits nationally and internationally; maintains a studio in Washington IL

Claire Rice – Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illinois; former National Program Director of Harvard University’s Sustain Arts Project

Donna Carr Roberts – Artist; The Bradley University Slane College Artist in Residence 2016-17

Sid Paul Ruckriegel – Peoria City Council; Board Chair, Peoria Riverfront Museum Board of Directors; Peoria Historical Society Trustee

Every effort was made to cultivate a diverse jury with a broad range of skills and talents. Four of the jurors also served on the jury for the 2016 Sculpture Walk.  All individuals have been enthusiastic about becoming part of the 2017 Sculpture Walk Peoria jury, having expressed a personal interest and passion for public art and sculpture.

For more information on Sculpture Walk Peoria, please ‘like’ our Facebook page or visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org. Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. Its mission is to enhance the appreciation for the arts in our community and educate the members of our community regarding the value of the arts via outdoor, public art spaces in the Peoria Warehouse District. In addition, art—in this case, sculpture—stimulates economic development by bringing people to the Peoria Warehouse District.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts for the economic and cultural enrichment of central Illinois.

2017 Sculpture Walk Peoria CALL FOR ENTRY

2017 Sculpture Walk Peoria CALL FOR ENTRY

 

PEORIA, IL- December 6, 2016- ArtsPartners of Central Illinois is pleased to announce that Sculpture Walk Peoria is currently accepting outdoor sculpture exhibition submissions for 2017. With the immense success of the annual Sculpture Walk, the Sculpture Walk Peoria Committee is excited to launch the 2017 Call For Entry. Joe Richey, leader of the committee, said, “Our goal is to change the look and feel of our warehouse district through an ever-changing variety of sculpture in public places and provide a more attractive, welcoming environment to live, work, and play in downtown Peoria.”

Sculpture Walk Peoria is an annual, juried, outdoor exhibit offering local, regional, national and international sculptors the opportunity to showcase and sell their creations, while enhancing the cultural environment of Peoria and providing opportunities to educate the public. The 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria featured 15 new sculptures and one held over from the 2015 walk. The goal for 2017 Sculpture Walk Peoria is for 17 sculptures to be installed in June 2017.

All sculptures entered are to be for sale for the duration of the year-long exhibit. Four sculptures were sold from the 2015 walk, and at the present time, two have been sold from the 2016 walk.

Sculptures will be placed in highly visible locations along the newly renovated Washington Street and Adams Street in Peoria, between Fulton and State Street in The Warehouse District. The Peoria Warehouse District has been included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Those artists interested in submitting sculpture for consideration can access the call at https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=3926. The call for entry is for professional sculpture appropriate for public viewing. The entry deadline is January 20, 2017. Entry fee is $20.00. Please access the website for additional information.

A distinguished jury of artists and leaders will select the sculpture to be exhibited in 2017 Sculpture Walk Peoria. The exhibiting artists’ honorarium will be $1500 dollars, $1000 at delivery and $500 at pick up of the sculpture. The additional $2500 People’s Choice Award will be given to one artist in November 2017.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. Its mission is to enhance the appreciation for the arts in our community and educate the members of our community regarding the value of the arts via outdoor, public art spaces in the Peoria Warehouse District. In addition, art – in this case, sculpture – stimulates economic development by bringing people to the Peoria Warehouse District.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area.

Sculpture Walk Peoria gets yarn bombed

Sculpture Walk Peoria gets yarn bombed

Peoria, IL – November 21, 2016–Two of the sculptures featured in Sculpture Walk Peoria just got a very colorful makeover. On Monday, November 21st, members of the Prairie Fiber Arts Guild teamed up with Sculpture Walk Peoria to yarn bomb the Nature’s Quintet and Borborygmid 7.1b sculptures. The practice of yarn bombing, also called yarnstorming or graffiti knitting, originated in Europe and rose to popularity in the early 2000s. Yarn bombing is a way to create public art and is often used to bring colorful personality to existing large objects, or otherwise empty spaces. “Artists are always collaborating and finding new ways to look at things. This is a temporary, playful way to celebrate the coming of winter and create a different way to see these amazing structures,” said Duffy Armstrong, curator for Sculpture Walk Peoria. For this event, participants enhanced sculptures that were already in place by wrapping colorful strips of fabric around them, creating unique and eye-catching pieces of public art. Unlike traditional graffiti, a yarn bomb is as permanent or temporary as the artist chooses; cleanup and removal is as simple as cutting the yarn and unraveling. Materials are often repurposed in other projects.  The yarn bombed sculptures will stay in place through the holidays, then return to their original form as part of Sculpture Walk Peoria until May of 2017, when they will be removed to make room for the next generation of sculptures.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is a one-year display of sculptures from both nationally and internationally renowned sculptors. It is located on Washington Street between Fulton and State. The 2016 Sculpture Walk consists of 16 sculptures selected by a jury of distinguished art, business, and community leaders; all the sculptures are for sale. Seventy-one artists from 24 states and four countries submitted 114 sculptures to the 2016 call for entries. New sculptures will be selected for the 2017 Sculpture Walk, which is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts for the economic and cultural enrichment of Central Illinois.

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Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. Its mission is to enhance the appreciation for the arts in our community and educate the members of our community regarding the value of the arts via outdoor, public art spaces in the Peoria Warehouse District. In addition, art—in this case, sculpture—stimulates economic development by bringing people to the Peoria Warehouse District.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Joe Richey, Chair of the Sculpture Walk Peoria Committee, at info@sculpturewalkpeoria.org

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2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria People’s Choice Winner Announced

2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria People’s Choice Winner Announced

Peoria, IL – October 17, 2016 – Sculpture Walk Peoria is thrilled to announce Nicole Beck’s “Spintronic” sculpture as the winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award. The award, a prize worth $2500 to the winning artist, was revealed by Sculpture Walk Peoria Chair Joe Richey at the ArtsPartners annual meeting on October 12th. Over 900 ballots were cast in this year’s contest, which began on June 4th during opening weekend of the Sculpture Walk and continued through the end of September.

Nicole Beck, who resides in Chicago, created the winning sculpture as an interpretation of electromagnetization technology. “Spintronic” is made of stainless steel and custom laminated dichroic glass discs that reflect one color and transmit another. Beck stated, “I am pleased as punch that Spintronic, a concept-driven work, was chosen as the People’s Choice! This was my second year participating in Sculpture Walk Peoria and I must say that it is one of the very best municipal exhibitions in the nation…what a jewel for Peoria! NOW…if someone in the Peoria community could purchase it, I’d be all set!”

Sculpture Walk Peoria is a one-year display of sculptures from both nationally and internationally renowned sculptors. It is located on Washington Street between Fulton and State. The 2016 Sculpture Walk consists of 16 sculptures selected by a jury of distinguished art, business, and community leaders; all the sculptures are for sale. Seventy-one artists from 24 states and four countries submitted 114 sculptures to the 2016 call for entries. New sculptures will be selected for the 2017 Sculpture Walk, which is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area.

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Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. Its mission is to enhance the appreciation for the arts in our community and educate the members of our community regarding the value of the arts via outdoor, public art spaces in the Peoria Warehouse District. In addition, art—in this case, sculpture—stimulates economic development by bringing people to the Peoria Warehouse District.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Joe Richey, Chair of the Sculpture Walk Peoria Committee, at info@peoriasculpturewalk.org

Photo: Elleen Setti

Photo: Elleen Setti

ONLY DAYS LEFT FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE VOTING

Peoria, IL, September 1, 2016– Time is running out to vote for your favorite sculpture on the 2016 Sculpture Walk along Washington Street between State and Fulton. Public voting began June 4th on Opening Day and will end on September 30th. Voting can be completed online by visiting the website for Sculpture Walk Peoria and following the “Vote Here” link on the main page: sculpturewalkpeoria.org An announcement of the winner will be made at the ArtsPartners of Central Illinois Annual meeting on October 12.

For a chance to engage with the work up close, as well as ask questions about the art and the artists before voting, Sculpture Walk Peoria offers free, guided tours Saturdays through October 29, 2016 at 10 AM and Noon, starting in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby. For Special Group or Private tours, please call ArtsPartners at 309-676-2787.

This is the second year the award has been given with the winning artist receiving a $2500 cash prize. Matt Matheney’s “Eternal Flame” sculpture was the recipient of the 2015 People’s Choice Award. His piece was sold to the Morton Public Library and installed in the reading garden.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is a one-year display of 16 sculptures created by nationally and internationally renowned sculptors and an initiative of ArtsPartners of central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. The sculptures can be viewed outdoors in Peoria’s Warehouse District. All the sculptures on the 2016 Walk are available for purchase and the four sold in 2015 remain in the Peoria area with a percentage of the sales benefiting ArtsPartners of Central Illinois. “Awaken” by artist Don Frost was sold on Opening Day to a private buyer, but will remain on view until May.

ArtsPartners of central Illinois promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of central Illinois, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria Area.

First Sculpture Sold 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria

PEORIA, IL- August, 16, 2016- “Awaken”, created by sculptor, Don Frost, from Ontario, Canada, has sold to private collectors. The purchasers who wish to remain anonymous said, “The second year of Sculpture Walk Peoria is simply fantastic! So much so, we found ourselves buying “Awaken” twenty minutes into Opening Day. It wasn’t something we intended to do, but art has a funny way of speaking to people and this piece said, “I was made for you.” We love that “Awaken” stays right where it is for a year, so the rest of our community and visitors to Peoria get to appreciate it as much as we do.”

Sculptor, Don Frost, expressed overwhelming surprise and gratitude at the quick sale of his piece, “Awaken” – a freeform sculpture composed of carbon fiber. Frost is one of only a handful of artists in the world using this method of sculpture production. His challenge was to create beauty using non-recognizable shapes and Frost is excited his sculpture will remain in the Peoria area.

When he arrived in Peoria, Frost says he felt a sense of “home,” as Peoria resembles his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario. “I can’t remember the author, but ‘a copy of the universe is not what is required of art; one of the things is ample,’ and this is why I think the people of Peoria are so lucky to have their art walk and view such high quality, original, and unique sculpture created by such a diverse group of skilled and imaginative individuals,” said Frost.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is a one-year display of 16 sculptures created by nationally and internationally renowned sculptors and an initiative of ArtsPartners of central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. The sculptures can be viewed outdoors in Peoria’s Warehouse District, on Washington Street between State and Fulton. All the sculptures on the 2016 Walk are available for purchase and the four sold in 2015 remain in the Peoria area with a percentage of the sales benefitting ArtsPartners of Central Illinois.

ArtsPartners of central Illinois promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of central Illinois, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria Area.

Sculpture Walk Peoria offers free, guided tours Saturdays through October 29, 2016 at 10 AM and Noon, starting in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby. For Special Group or Private tours, please call ArtsPartners at 309-676-2787.

Photo: Jeanette Kosier

Photo: Jeanette Kosier

Ale and Art FUNdraiser

Rhodell’s Brewery, on Water Street, will be introducing Prairie Walker Pale Ale on Friday, July 1st, 6 PM to 9 PM. This beer was custom crafted specifically in honor of James Johnson’s “Prairie Walker” sculpture, located on Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016, in front of the Murray Building on Washington Street. Johnson is an Illinois artist and the former Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Eastern Illinois University. His sculpture intends to make us pause and reflect on our surroundings.

Sculpture Walk Peoria committee member, Kip Strasma, said, “We are trying to keep “Prairie Walker” in Peoria. This fundraiser provides us with a granting opportunity for a local purchaser to buy the piece at some discount because of the resources from the fundraiser so we can keep it in downtown Peoria. “Prairie Walker” is in a great location by the Murray Building in an area which ultimately could become a park.”

Considerable time and effort were put into the logo on the Prairie Walker glasses and T-shirts that will be for sale at this fundraiser. The logo is an original work of Johnson’s, and some of the T-shirts will be signed. A limited number of James Johnson Prairie Walker 15 inch cast bronze sculptures will also be for sale at $500 each.  Support Peoria’s thriving art scene and attend this event early, as all items are limited editions. Music will be provided by Random Strangers.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is a one year display of 16 sculptures created by nationally and internationally renowned sculptors. The sculptures can be viewed outdoor in Peoria’s Warehouse District, on Washington Street between State and Fulton. Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria Area.

Sculpture Walk Peoria Opening Day 2016

Sculpture Walk Peoria will launch its 2016 year-long outdoor exhibit with an Opening Day Celebration on Saturday, June 4th. The event will begin with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, at 1:30pm on Washington Street under the Bob Michel Bridge (near Cross Fit).  Speakers will include Mayor Jim Ardis; Executive Director of ArtsPartners, Jenn Gordon; and Sculpture Walk Peoria Committee Chair, Joe Richey.  Interviews will be available at the conclusion of the Ribbon Cutting, or upon request.

The Opening Celebration will continue from 2-4PM during which the public is invited to view for the first time all 16 large-scale sculptures featured in this year’s walk. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the sculptures from artists who created them. This year’s walk features the work of nationally and internationally recognized artists from 9 different states, as well as one from Canada, all of whom will be on site for the event.

In preparation for the opening day, fifteen new pieces will be installed on Washington Street on June 3rd.  The sixteenth piece, “Prairie Walker” by James Johnson, was first featured in Sculpture Walk Peoria 2015 and will remain in Peoria for one additional year as part of this year’s walk.

Please visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org for more information. If you have questions please contact, Jenn Gordon, Executive Director of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois.

Sculpture Walk Peoria, is a one year display of 16 sculptures created by nationally and internationally renowned sculptors. The sculptures can be viewed outdoors in Peoria’s Warehouse District, on Washington Street between State and Fulton. Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc., with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area.

ARTSPARTNERS PRODUCES 2015 SCULPTURE WALK PEORIA BOOKLET FOR ARTS EDUCATION

ARTSPARTNERS PRODUCES 2015 SCULPTURE WALK PEORIA BOOKLET FOR ARTS EDUCATION

PEORIA, IL- March, 9, 2016- ArtsPartners is pleased to announce the publication of the 2015 Sculpture Walk Peoria Educational Booklet. The 24-page educational booklet features line drawings and educational activities for each of the 15 sculptures currently displayed at the Sculpture Walk in the Peoria Warehouse District. This educational resource was made possible through a grant to Sculpture Walk Peoria from the Eugene and Harriet Swager Fund for Public Art of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. Sculpture Walk Peoria was awarded the grant to produce this booklet for both students and adults in alignment with the Foundation’s goal of “Arts integration in education and the community”.

The educational booklet contains:
  • Coloring page for each of the 15 sculptures
  • Activity suggestions
  • Definition of terms for art communication
  • Questions that encourage critical and creative thinking about the arts for older students and adults
Free copies of the educational booklet are available, upon request, to all art teachers and students participating in the Gerald M. Brookhart (GMB) Arts in Education Spring Celebration in April and May of this year. This event showcases the Fine Arts and Applied Arts programs of over 100 schools, grades K-12, from 7 counties in Central Illinois: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Marshall, Henry, and McLean Counties. Participating teachers are encouraged to use the educational booklet in their classroom and then visit the Sculpture Walk with their students when they participate in Spring Celebration.

 

“I have spoken with several of the schools joining the GMB Spring Celebration this year and am looking forward to the teachers and their classes taking advantage of this opportunity to learn about some of the art that has been installed locally,” said Spring Celebration Project Director Mary Rous.

 

“We have also had requests for the Sculpture Walk Peoria educational booklet from several adult community living centers in the region,” said Joe Richey, Chair of Sculpture Walk Peoria. “Several of these living centers are conducting the sculpture “walk” by bus and then the residents are using the education booklet as a follow-on activity.”
Arts Educators may request print copies of the educational booklet for their classroom by emailing: education@sculpturewalkpeoria.org. The educational booklet is also available for download in PDF form at: www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org/education

 

Opening Day for Sculpture Walk Peoria 2016 will be June 4, 2016. For more information on Sculpture Walk Peoria, please ‘like’ the Facebook page or visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org. Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc.

 

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area.

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois will make a sustainable philanthropic impact in our community through visible leadership in connecting people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation of Central Illinois is confirmed in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE PURCHASES "SPANISH DANCER" SCULPTURE

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE PURCHASES “SPANISH DANCER” SCULPTURE

Photo: Jeanette Kosier

Photo: Jeanette Kosier

Sculpture Walk Peoria is excited to announce the fourth sale of sculpture. Illinois Central College has purchased “Spanish Dancer,” created by Jaci Willis of Peoria. This piece of public art is currently displayed on the Sculpture Walk in the Peoria Warehouse District.

Kari Schimmel, ICC Dean of Arts and Communication, said, “It is important to beautify public spaces with awesome art, and we wanted to participate in that initiative.” The choice of purchase was difficult due to the amazing talent displayed on the Sculpture Walk, but Schimmel gravitated toward “Spanish Dancer.” When Jennifer Costa, Teaching Chair of the ICC Art Department, said she recognized the sculpture and the artist was a former student, the decision was confirmed.  ICC purchased “Spanish Dancer” with restricted funds from the ICC Educational Foundation’s Fine, Performing, and Applied Arts Fund. In late spring, the sculpture’s new home will be on ICC’s North Campus, currently undergoing renovation.

The creation of “Spanish Dancer” was inspired by the flow of a flamenco dancer’s skirt. The dynamic curves of steel express the energy and strength of the dancer as she moves her skirt.

“I was thrilled to hear ICC was placing “Spanish Dancer” on their North Campus, said sculptor, Jaci Willis. “It embodies the soul dancing  which is how I feel about learning and discovering new experiences.” Willis attended ICC, and later graduated from Bradley with her MFA in sculpture and taught at Bradley for 5 years.  She is a former board member of the Chicago Sculpture International.  Willis has completed three life-size bronzes and is working on a fourth. She is one of  the only women in America who has completed a life-bronze from clay to bronze by herself. Willis will be starting a stainless steel and glass sculpture for Chicago in March.

For more information on Sculpture Walk Peoria, please ‘like’ the Facebook page or visit  www.scupturewalkpeoria.org.  Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois promotes the arts as a vial component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3)tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area.

JURY MEMBERS SELECTED FOR SCULPTURE WALK PEORIA 2016

JURY MEMBERS SELECTED FOR SCULPTURE WALK PEORIA 2016

Celebration Continues of the Transformation of the Peoria Warehouse District

PEORIA, IL- January, 26, 2016- On January 22, 2016, the Sculpture Walk Peoria call for entries closed with a final count of 250 entries from 71 different artists which came from 24 states and 4 from outside the United States. Thanks to the generous support of local individuals and organizations, Sculpture Walk Peoria will continue to assist in the transformation of the Peoria Warehouse District in 2016. The following distinguished arts, business, and community leaders will select the winning sculptures for the 2016 outdoor exhibition:

William Butler – Artist; Executive Director, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
Andrew Driscoll – Owner of ADJD Management LLC; Owner of Central Illinois Dueling Pianos; Producing Artistic Director/Owner of the Peoria Cabaret Theatre
Duffy Armstrong Farrell – Artist, Board member of Arts Alliance Illinois, Former director of the Peoria Art Guild, Former Curator of Education and Public Relations Director of Lakeview Museum
Sam Gappmayer – President and CEO, Peoria Riverfront Museum; 35-year career primarily in art museums; has juried exhibits of regional and national significance
Preston Jackson – Sculptor; Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; several public sculptures in Peoria, including Richard Pryor – More Than Just a Comedian and For Mothers with Sons, both located on Washington Street
Beth Jensen – Peoria City Council
David Koehler – Illinois State Senator
Katie McCord-Jenkins – President of Illinois Mutual
Barry Tinsley – Sculptor; former Associate Professor of Art at Illinois State University; has two public sculptures in the Peoria Riverfront Museum sculpture garden: Peoria Portal and Delos
Eric Turner – Peoria City Council
Every effort was made to develop a jury with a broad and diverse background. 4 of the jurors also helped in the selection in 2015. All individuals have been enthusiastic about becoming part of the 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria jury, having expressed a personal interest and passion for public art and sculpture.
For more information on Sculpture Walk Peoria, please ‘like’ the Facebook page or visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org. Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc.
Arts Partners of Central Illinois promotes the arts as a vial component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area.

Sculpture Walk Peoria "POISE" Sculpture Sold to Private Owners

Sculpture Walk Peoria “POISE” Sculpture Sold to Private Owners

PEORIA, IL- January, 12, 2016- Sculpture Walk Peoria sales continue. The third sculpture is now sold, and it is the first sale to private collectors. James and Barbara Burtis have purchased “Poise”, created by sculptor, Luke Achterberg of Lexington, Kentucky. “Poise” is the first sculpture created by an out-of-state artist to sell from the 2015 Sculpture Walk. James and Barbara Burtis are the new and excited owners of “Poise”. Barbara is a retired speech pathologist with a passion for the arts. Her husband, James, retired from the airlines and a part time employee at OSF, supports his wife’s passion and appreciates the art.

When the Burtises observed all of the art on Sculpture Walk Peoria, Barbara said, “I didn’t think we would buy, but we love sculpture… and we were drawn to “Poise”. They budget for the arts and “Poise” will now have a new home on their property, visible daily from their kitchen window. Matt Matheny, a sculptor himself, has created and installed a granite base for “Poise”. The Burtises anxiously await the relocation of “Poise” to their property in May when Sculpture Walk 2015 ends.

“Poise” explores physical and aesthetic balance, creating a visual smoothness or sleekness. The form of the sculpture reflects the first letter of its title. Luke Achterberg uses his experience as a certified welder and custom automotive painter to create his large, flowing sculptures. The artist maintains his active studio in Lexington, Kentucky and has active gallery representation in Switzerland and New York.

“Sculpture Walk Peoria is a class act,” said Luke Achterberg. “It is well organized with attention to detail and very accommodating toward the artist. I would participate again. Sculpture Walk Peoria is unique in that all the sculptures are in relative close proximity. Some shows spread work all over town and pieces get lost.” Luke also said, “It’s rewarding for me as an artist to have a private collector gather in the work. I think it’s great that Poise will find a home in Central Illinois.”

Sculpture Walk Peoria, an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, is a year-long display of sculptures created by national and international artists. The artwork is exhibited outdoors in Peoria’s Warehouse District, on Washington Street between Liberty and Oak. New Sculptures are being selected for the 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area.

Jeanette Kosier -4368Photo: Jeanette Kosier

2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria CALL FOR ENTRY

2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria CALL FOR ENTRY  

PEORIA, IL- November, 23, 2015- ArtsPartners of Central Illinois is pleased to announce that Sculpture Walk Peoria is currently accepting outdoor sculpture exhibition submissions for 2016. With the immense success of the first annual 2015 Sculptural Walk, the Sculpture Walk Peoria Committee is excited to launch the 2016 Call For Entry. Joe Richey, leader of the committee, said, “Our goal is to change the look and feel of our warehouse district through an ever-changing variety of sculpture in public places and provide a more attractive, welcoming environment to live, work, and play in downtown Peoria.”

Sculpture Walk Peoria is an annual, juried, outdoor exhibit offering local, regional, national and international sculptors the opportunity to showcase and sell their creations, while enhancing the cultural environment of Peoria and providing opportunities to educate the public. The 2015 Sculpture Walk Peoria had a goal of launching with 10 sculptures and because of successful fundraising supported 15 sculptures for the inaugural sculptural walk. The goal for 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria is for 20 sculptures to be installed in June 2016.

All sculptures entered are to be for sale for the duration of the year-long exhibit. At the present time, 2 sculptures have been sold from 2015 Sculpture Walk Peoria.

Sculptures will be placed in highly visible locations along the newly renovated Washington Street and Adams Street in Peoria, between Liberty and Elm Street in The Warehouse District. The Peoria Warehouse District has been included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Those artists interested in submitting sculpture for consideration can access the call at www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org or through www.callforentry.org. The call for entry is for professional sculpture appropriate for public viewing. The entry deadline is January 22, 2016. Entry fee is $20.00. Please access the website for additional information.

A distinguished jury of artists and leaders will select the sculpture to be exhibited in 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria. The exhibiting artists’ honorarium will be $1500 dollars, $1000 at delivery and $500 at pick up of the sculpture. The additional $2500 People’s Choice Award will be given to one artist in November 2016.

Sculpture Walk Peoria, an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc., is a one year display of sculptures created by nationally and internationally renowned sculptors. The sculptures can be viewed outdoors in Peoria’s Warehouse District, on Washington Street between Liberty and Oak. New sculptures will be selected for the 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area.

Fisher Stolz "Phenomenon" Maquette On Display At Pekin Public Library

Fisher Stolz “Phenomenon” Maquette On Display At Pekin Public Library

Photo: Jeff Brooks

PEORIA, IL- November, 12, 2015- Local sculptor and Bradley University Associate Professor of Art, Fisher Stolz, has loaned an 18 inch maquette of “Phenomenon” to the Pekin Public Library for display until late spring 2016, when the full-size sculpture will be installed. The library purchased “Phenomenon” through Sculpture Walk Peoria last spring for $19,200. “Phenomenon” is one of 15 sculptures featured in Sculpture Walk Peoria, and the first piece to sell from the walk.

The newly renovated Pekin Public Library reopened last week to the public. The grand opening event is Saturday, November 14th, from 1 to 3 PM, with a ribbon cutting at 1:30 PM. The Phenomenon Maquette is displayed in the entry area of the library, in the Local History Room display unit. “The maquette itself is a beautiful piece of art, and it is wonderful to be able to have the opportunity to have the maquette on display to fuel excitement for Phenomenon’s arrival late spring,” said Jeff Brooks, Director of Pekin Public Library. “We will also be fundraising for public art this spring, and displaying the maquette during that period will demonstrate the library’s commitment to bringing public art to Pekin.”

While the maquette is 18 inches tall, the Phenomenon sculpture is about 10 feet tall. Both the maquette and the larger sculpture are made from stainless steel. “I worked on the maquette over the course of about three weeks, putting in about 30 hours in design and fabrication,” said Fisher Stolz. The central sphere suggests an exploration of the planets while the steel abstraction invites the viewer to explore shapes, figures, and relationships.

“The sculpture creates such the sense of wonder and is truly inspiring which is how we want our customers and especially children to feel using the library and taking advantage of all the possibilities for discovery here,” said Jeff Brooks, Library Director.

Sculpture Walk Peoria, an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc., is a one year display of 15 sculptures created by nationally and internationally renowned sculptors. The sculptures can be viewed outdoors in Peoria’s Warehouse District, on Washington Street between Liberty and Oak. New sculptures will be selected for the 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area.

MORTON PUBLIC LIBRARY PURCHASES THE SECOND SCULPTURE FROM 2015 SCULPTURE WALK PEORIA

MORTON PUBLIC LIBRARY PURCHASES THE SECOND SCULPTURE FROM 2015 SCULPTURE WALK PEORIA

PEORIA, IL- November, 2, 2015- Sculpture Walk Peoria is pleased to announce the sale of the second sculpture from the 2015 Sculpture Walk to the Morton Public Library. They have chosen to purchase Matt Matheney’s “Eternal Flame,” which was also the 2015 Sculpture Walk Peoria People’s Choice Winner. Matt stated, “I’m excited because it was sold locally. We live in Morton, and during the summer, my wife and three children frequent the library a lot.”

The “Eternal Flame” sculpture will be moved, in May 2016, from its present Sculpture Walk location and placed in its permanent home in the Morton Public Library reading garden. Alissa Williams, Director of the library said, “The ‘Eternal Flame’ sculpture was noticed at the opening of Sculpture Walk Peoria. The colors of the sculpture compliment the reading garden, and the artist was local. Public art is wonderful for a community.”

“Eternal Flame” sculpture reflects Matt Matheney’s discovery of his own artistic “flame.” As a sculptor, he has expanded from creating functional pieces in the monument industry to exploiting geometric shapes and forms that he hand carves from granite. The hard stone takes on a soft, character-like appearance. Matt is the Owner-Operator of Matheney Granite Works and is a Memorialist for Abel Vault and Monument Co.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is a one year display of 15 sculptures from both nationally and internationally renowned sculptors. It is located on Washington Street between Liberty and Oak. The 2015 Peoria Sculpture Walk selections were made by a jury, which included distinguished arts, business, and community leaders. New sculptures are being selected for 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria, which is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area.

2015 Sculpture Walk Peoria People's Choice Award Winner Announced

2015 SCULPTURE WALK PEORIA PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER ANNOUNCED

Photo: Mary Bristol

PEORIA, IL- October, 19, 2015- Sculpture Walk Peoria is excited to announce Matt Matheney’s “Eternal Flame” sculpture as the winner of the first People’s Choice Award and $2500 cash prize. The announcement was made by Joe Richey (Chair of the Sculptural Walk Peoria committee) at the ArtsPartners of Central Illinois Annual meeting. Public voting began June 6th with the launch of the Sculpture Walk and continued through September 30th.

Matt Matheney, Morton, IL resident, is the Owner-Operator of Matheney Granite Works and is a Memorialist for Abel Vault and Monument Co. The “Eternal Flame” reflects Matt’s discovery of his own artistic “flame.” As a sculptor, he has expanded from creating functional pieces in the monument industry to exploiting geometric shapes and forms that he hand carves from granite. The hard stone takes on a soft, character-like appearance.

Matt stated, “I’m excited to be a part of the first Peoria Sculpture Walk, and I am honored to have won the People’s Choice Award. Eternal Flame was my first large scale sculpture.”

Sculpture Walk Peoria is a one year display of 15 sculptures from both nationally and internationally renowned sculptors. It is located on Washington Street between Liberty and Oak. The 2015 Peoria Sculpture Walk selections were made by a jury, which included distinguished arts, business, and community leaders. New sculptures are being selected for 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria, which is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois.

ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. promotes the arts as a vital component of central Illinois’ cultural and economic development. Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build awareness and strengthen the arts as an economic catalyst for the Peoria area

Pekin Public Library Purchases First Sculpture: "Phenomenon"

PEKIN PUBLIC LIBRARY PURCHASES THE FIRST SCULPTURE FROM 2015 SCULPTURE WALK PEORIAMary Bristol -2383Photo: Mary Bristol

Peoria, IL – Pekin Public Library and Sculpture Walk Peoria, an ArtsPartners of Central Illinois initiative, announced the sale of the first sculpture from 2015 Sculpture Walk Peoria to the Pekin Public Library.

At the ribbon cutting for the opening weekend of Sculpture Walk Peoria on June 6, 2015, Sculpture Walk Peoria committee member Kim Armstrong announced the Pekin Public Library purchase of the Fisher Stolz sculpture “Phenomenon,” which will be moved from its Sculpture Walk Peoria location on Washington Street in Peoria, IL, to its permanent home at the newly renovated Pekin Public Library, in Pekin, IL, in May 2016.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is a one-year display of 15 sculptures from both nationally and internationally renowned sculptors that is located on Washington Street between Liberty Street and Oak Street. The 2015 Sculpture Walk Peoria selections were made by a jury, which included distinguished arts, business and community leaders, who scored the sculptures according to their artistic and technical merits. New sculptures will be selected for 2016 Sculpture Walk Peoria.

Fisher Stolz, a Bradley Professor and a local sculptor, successfully competed in the selection process to be chosen for 2015 Sculpture Walk Peoria, the first sculpture walk in Peoria.

With the completion of the Pekin Public Library renovation slated to be October 31, 2015, the Pekin Public Library Board has chosen to add sculpture to the outside of the building, with funds raised through private donations.  Lynette Steger, Past President of the Pekin Public Library Board, has worked with the current Library Board to purchase the Fisher Stolz sculpture from 2015 Sculpture Walk Peoria.

Jeff Brooks, Pekin Public Library Director announced the purchase, saying, “It is an honor for the Pekin Public Library to both make the first sculpture purchase from Sculpture Walk Peoria and to purchase a significant sculpture from a nationally recognized local artist.”

The sculpture is about 10 feet tall, constructed from stainless steel and will be located near the entrance of the renovated Pekin Public Library.  The central sphere suggests an exploration of the planets while the stainless steel abstraction invites the viewer to explore shapes, figures and relationships.   Lynette Steger recommended this sculpture to the Pekin Public Library Board with the statement, “Through the purchase of this sculpture, the Library as a community gathering place represents more than just a location for learning materials and programming. It is an extraordinary place where visitors of all ages have the opportunity to pause at the entrance and visualize the possibilities contained within.”

Pekin Public Library is pleased that Fisher Stolz will be loaning an 18″ maquette of his sculpture “Phenomenon” for display in the library, until the actual sculpture is installed.

 

Pekin Public Library is reopening on June 22, 2015, at 301 South 4th Street, Pekin, IL. For more information, call the library at 309-347-7111 or visit www.pekinpubliclibrary.org
Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. Its mission is to enhance the appreciation for the arts in our community and educate the members of our community regarding the value of the arts via outdoor, public art spaces in the Peoria Warehouse District. In addition, art – in this case, sculpture – stimulates economic development by bringing people to the Peoria Warehouse District. For more information please call ArtsPartners of Central Illinois at 309-676-2787 or visit www.sculpturewalkpeoria.org

Inaugural Opening of Sculpture Walk Peoria 2015

Join us on Saturday, June 6 from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m., as we transform Washington Street into a pedestrian mall. You can wander among the 15 large-scale sculptures at Sculpture Walk Peoria and meet the artists who created them. This inaugural opening is FREE, with plenty of activities for the young and young at heart.

The walk begins at the information tent at Harrison and Washington Streets. From there, you will take a guided tour to each sculpture and hear the artists explain how they created their work and learn about their inspiration and process. Kids will receive FREE special Sculpture Walk Peoria coloring pages to complete on the tour or enjoy at home.

If you have an iPhone, download a free app – Shelf – Explore, Learn, Collect – from the App Store on Saturday before you arrive. You will enjoy a unique and interactive educational experience at each sculpture as you complete the challenges. Collect all 15 virtual trophies and get a prize at the information tent.

Everyone who attends gets a vote in choosing their favorite sculpture by voting in the People’s Choice Award. A one-time-only paper ballot will be available on Saturday, June 6. Otherwise, voting will be online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/sculptpeoria beginning June 6 through September 30, 2015. The winning artist will be announced in October.

See you on Saturday, June 6th from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Washington and Harrison. In case of rain, the event will move to the Peoria Riverfront Museum auditorium.