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2019: John & Jeff Heintzman

John & Jeff Heintzman graduated from the University of Iowa in 1979. John then worked as a curator at Lakeview Museum and later served as the University Director of Galleries at Bradley University. John and Jeff previously served as the…

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2018: Preston Jackson

A professor of sculpture at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Jackson is the head of the figurative area and has served as chair of the Sculpture Department.  He also teaches children´s art, painting, sculpture and tai chi…

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2017: Peoria Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1887, the PSO presents excellent live performances, innovative education programs, and engaging community outreach efforts, which significantly enhance the cultural life of central Illinois. In addition to their concerts, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra educates youth in the community…

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2016: Sharon & John Amdall

The Amdalls appreciate and support all kinds of art, including music. They have championed the Heartland Festival Orchestra since its founding in 2009. Going above and beyond donating by housing traveling musicians for the orchestra and even commissioning the Community…

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2015: Joe & Michele Richey

Joe and Michele founded the Prairie Center of the Arts in 2003 which began as a juried Artist in Residency (AIR) program to attract emerging and established artists from Illinois and around the world. The PCA, under Joe and Michele’s…

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2014: Channy Lyons

A respected leader in the fine arts community, Channy Lyons has worked on numerous projects over the years that have enhanced the role of the arts. In 2013, she planned and executed the Peoria Citywide Celebration of Women Artists, collaborating…

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