art & society - mar/apr 2018

by Brian “Fox” Ellis


Photography by David Vernon

The Peoria Riverfront Museum celebrates the Illinois Bicentennial with its largest exhibit yet.

A Village Ascends

by Jonathan Wright

With strategic investments and a dash of serendipity, the stars are aligning for Peoria Heights. Restaurant additions, new public art, a historic walking tour, a new dog park, and multiple developments under construction are just the beginning.

An Ear for Art & Business

by Mae Gilliland Wright

In Peoria’s Warehouse District, Lizz Barnes has built a shop, a studio, and a supportive community for artists.

Cause for Celebration

by Beth Weimer
Photo by Beau Commanday

The Heartland Festival Orchestra looks forward on the cusp of a milestone anniversary.

Meet the Team...

Lizz Barnes’ team at Ear in the Envelope includes four full-time employees—and each is talented in their own right. 

Playing with Accidents

by Jonathan Wright

Bruce White's works of abstraction begin as “play,” twisting and bending paper or thin sheets of metal into free-flowing curves, then repeating the process with large pieces of aluminum and steel.

Engaging Young Talent

by Beth Weimer
Photography by Jeff McSweeney

Youth Music Illinois has rebranded itself amidst efforts to explore new ways to engage students and expand its programming.

Art in Motion

by Beth Weimer
Photography by Tracey Frugoli

A ballet company and its academy are bringing the art of dance to Peoria’s bustling West Main corridor.

Telling Your Story

The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria is partnering with storyteller and author Brian “Fox” Ellis to create a “Moth-like” storytelling event.

The Power of Live Theater

The Penguin Project gained prestigious recognition last November when it received the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award.