Visual Arts

We're joined this week by Kelleen Nitsche and Joe Spanier, to talk about Ignite! Peoria. The annual event spotlights the range of artistic and creative opportunities in central Illinois. Along with booths for artists and performing groups, the event includes two stages with performances throughout the day; and creation stations, where attendees can engage in hands-on activities.

This week, we're talking with artists Barb Hoffman and Jessica Bingham. They're both participating in the Prairie Center of the Arts' Regional Alumni Invitational Exhibition, which features work by alumni of the Center's residency program. The artists themselves chose the works to be included. All the pieces are new, created in the last two years.

Hoffman and Bingham talk about the residency program, and how it's advanced their own work. They also describe their own pieces in the exhibition.

Blair Clark and Sarah Nesbit are with us this week to talk about the exhibit, "Unseen Voices." Currently on display at the Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts, the exhibit is an attempt to help new and emerging artists in Central Illinois gain exposure, and prepare them to submit to other exhibits and galleries in the future. It's a collaboration with the Emerging Artists Collective, and it follows in the footsteps of a similar exhibit in 2016.

This week, we're talking with Leigh Ann Brown and Rachel Berchtold about the Fourth Friday Tazewell Art Loop. Like First Fridays, these monthly events are intended to showcase local artists and musicians; however, the Tazewell County effort also includes a partnership with local small businesses. Berchtold and Brown talk about the value of building partnerships between the business and arts sectors, and about some of the special events on tap for tonight. There's also a scavenger hunt that runs all summer.

Our guests this week are are Jennifer Costa and Steph Van Doren. Their work is featured in the exhibit, "Flora and Function," now on display at Illinois Central College.  They each talk about their own work, how their chosen media complement and contrast one another, and the process of curating the exhibit.

"Flora and Function" continues through February 9th in Gallery 336B at the ICC campus in East Peoria.

This week, we're talking with Jessica Bingham, co-founder of Project 1612; and with artist Chintia Kirana. Kirana's art is featured in a two-day exhibit, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. She will also be discussing her work from 1 to 2 on Saturday. She talks about some of the inspirations behind her work, and about choosing and curating the pieces that comprise this exhibit.

The Prairie Center of the Arts is hosting its 4th Regional Alumni Art Exhibition. It features the work of 28 artists -- all alumni of the Center's residency program. We spoke with Barb Hoffmann and Michael Gilbert, two current residents. They talk about what the residency program has meant for them, and how it has enhanced their work. We also discussed a few of the works included in the exhibit, representing multiple styles and media.

Contemporary Art Center

This week, we're talking with the Contemporary Art Center's William Butler, and with artist Larry Jon Davis. Davis is one of two artists featured in the exhibit "Inspired by Nature." Davis' works have been described as "earthscapes" -- abstract, impressionistic images inspired by the natural world. In this exhibit, his work is paired with sculptures by Dwight Crane. Butler talks about the process of selecting artists in the CAC's exhibits, and finding the best way to display their work in the Center's gallery space.

Teachers and administrators are working on new guidelines for art education in Illinois. Some schools have no art programs, while others have limited time to teach it.