art & society - Mar/Apr 2011

Under the Redbird Big Top

by Amy Chovan
photos courtesy of Gamma Phi Circus

Illinois State University's Gamma Phi Circus has been clowning around since 1929, mesmerizing audiences with their artistry in aerial acts and teamwork in tumbling routines.

Delivering Sequential Art

by Bill Knight

As entertainment is changed by online presentation, writing—even the “sequential art” of graphic novels and comic books—may be affected, too. And considering the consequences to consumers, creators, stores and stories still results in more questions than answers.

A Song for Cecilia

by Jo Fredell Higgins

A Song for Cecilia takes place in Peoria during the 1920s and 1930s. Enjoy this journey as we discover the city of Peoria and read about the childhood and emerging maturity of Cecilia.

Wheel Art: A Potters' Co-Op

by Kaylyn Kuzniar

Behind the closed metal doors inside the Murray Center for the Arts, ceramic artists Jacob Grant and Susie Mathews are creating their own unique niche.

A Winter Haven For Performers

by Amy Chovan
Photos courtesy of Special Collections, ISU

While researching Gamma Phi Circus, it became apparent that Bloomington’s circus ties don’t start there.

Event Preview

St. Jude has been serving childhood cancer patients and their families in Peoria since the Midwest Affiliate opened in 1972.

Neighbors Caring for Neighbors

by Jonathan Wright

In 1896, Peoria’s own Neighborhood House began with a church service held in a vacant store building at 2009 South Washington Street.

Take 10: Jim Maloof

The self-described “little pants presser from Peoria” recently added “author” to his long list of accomplishments.