Shannon Cox is the Director of the Peoria Art Guild and Co –Chair of annual Peoria Fine Art Fair. She has been involved with arts for years and her experiences have led her to her new position. She is a Manito native that now resides in Pekin with her husband Brian who is retired from the Pekin Fire Department
Shannon feels the fine arts community in Central Illinois is growing and thriving and there are many different organizations that promote art. Her mission is to work with them on like minded projects.
Originally, the Peoria Art guild was brought together by a group of women in 1878 who felt the arts were of important historical and educational value that required preservation.
In the 1930’s, the Peoria Art Guild (then called Peoria Art Institute) was instrumental in the creation of fine arts program at Bradley University. By the 1960’s, the Peoria Art Guild and other performing organizations partnered to create the Lakeview museum.
As the Peoria Art Guild has progressed as a leader in contemporary art over the years their successes have mounted. In 2019, the Peoria Art Guild celebrated its 57th anniversary of hosting the Peoria Fine Art Fair. This fair has brought local and nationally recognized artists together to showcase the breadth of their work to the Midwest.