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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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2013: Bob & Joan Ericksen

For 40 years, the Ericksens have dedicated their lives to the Sun Foundation, a 501 C3 organization they founded in 1973. Over the years, the Ericksens have positively impacted the lives of more than five million children and adults who…

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2012: Doug & Eileen Leunig

The Leunigs have been involved in the Peoria area arts community for over 30 years. They are known for supporting projects that enhance the quality of life and advance educational opportunities for students of all ages.  Through their not-for-profit organization,…

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2011: Dr. Jeff Huberman

As Dean of Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts at Bradley University, Huberman has distinguished himself as a visionary, a collaborator, and an energizing leader for the fine arts. He has been actively involved in the arts for over…

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2010: Vic Burnett

Vic Burnett has been involved in the local arts since he first arrived in Peoria in 1959. In the following five decades, he has given of his time and talents to our city as a performer and director in numerous…

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