Peoria, IL – On January 23, 2015, the inaugural Sculpture Walk Peoria call for entries closed with a final count of over 100 entries from 59 different artists located in 22 U.S. states. Thanks to the generous support of local individuals and organizations, Sculpture Walk Peoria is pleased to announce that funding has been secured to display at least 10 sculptures in its first year. The following distinguished arts, business and community leaders will select the winning sculptures for the 2015 outdoor exhibition:
• Bob Emser – Artist; Sculptor; Co-Founder and President, Chicago Sculpture International
• Duffy Armstrong Farrell – Artist; Senior Director of Gift Planning, Bradley University; Arts Alliance Illinois Board; Past Board President, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois
• Sam Gappmayer – President & CEO, Peoria Riverfront Museum
• Preston Jackson – Artist; Sculptor; Professor of Sculpture at the School of Art Institute in Chicago
• Ra Joy – Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illinois
• Paul Krainak – Artist; Critic; Chairperson, Bradley University Art Department
• Denise Moore – Peoria City Council
• David Ransburg – Peoria Riverfront Museum Board of Directors; former City of Peoria Mayor; former Chairman, L. R. Nelson
• Mark Spenny – President & CEO, CEFCU
• Eric Turner – Peoria City Council
Every effort was made to develop a jury with a broad and diverse background. All individuals have been enthusiastic about becoming part of the 2015 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 http://artspartners.net/sculpture-walk-peoria.
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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.
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