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.