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PEORIA, IL- January 24, 2018– On January 19, 2018, the Sculpture Walk Peoria call for entries closed with a final count of 114 entries from 61 different artists which came from 24 states. Thanks to the generous support of local individuals and organizations, Sculpture Walk Peoria will return to Washington Street in May of 2018. The following distinguished arts, business, and community leaders will select the winning sculptures for the 2018 outdoor exhibition:

Elizabeth Jensen – Peoria City Council Member; Program Director of Public Interest Law Initiative

Natalie Jackson-O’Neal – Artist and Photographer; Serves on the Contemporary Art Center Board of Directors

Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey – President, Illinois Central College

Ryan (Rashad) Reed –  Artist; Arts Educator; Owner and Operator of Creativity Uncorked

Jaci Willis – Sculptor; Adjunct Professor 2D/3D design at Bradley University

Fisher Stolz –Sculptor; Professor of Art and Sculpture Area Head at Bradley University

Kip Strasma – Arts Advocate, Former Dean of Arts and Sciences at Methodist College

This jury represents a broad range of diverse skills and talents. All individuals have been enthusiastic about becoming part of the 2018 Sculpture Walk Peoria jury, having expressed a personal interest and passion for public art and sculpture.

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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.

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 for the economic and cultural enrichment of central Illinois.

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