Best New/Emerging Artist

Andrè Petty

Photo by David Vernon

A Peoria firefighter for more than 20 years, Andrè Petty has been drawing since he was a child, but only recently has his artistic career taken off. Everything changed for him last year as he experienced an incredible burst of creative energy, resulting in a host of new commissions and acceptance into the nationally renowned Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair. Petty’s colorful artwork highlights pop culture icons ranging from David Bowie to The Notorious B.I.G., while his large-scale mural of Richard Pryor adorns the building at 1311 SW Adams in Peoria’s Warehouse District, offering a vibrant interpretation of the city’s most famous native son.

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