BFA Exhibitions

Prairie Center of the Arts
April 11 – May 12, 2012

Theresa Stoodley, Hillary Ray, Jacob Weise
BFA Exhibition: April 11th-15th
Reception: April 14th, 5:00-7:00pm

Damon Taylor, Theresa Moir, Vasiliki Tsagarakis
BFA Exhibition: April 19th-22nd
Reception: April 21st, 5:00-7:00pm

Amber Cancino, Marty Gniech, Christine Montgomery
BFA Exhibition: April 26th-May 2nd
Reception: April 28th, 5:00-7:00pm

Rachel Sylvan, Sarah Scott, Melissa Ritchey
BFA Exhibition: May 7th-12th
Reception: May 11th, 5:00-7:00pm

Prairie Center of the Arts
1506 SW Washington Street
Peoria, IL 61602

Gallery Hours: M-F, 10am-4pm

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MFA Thesis Exhibitions

An exhibition of graduate thesis work by Sara Stewart, Sarah Zaleski, and Kristopher Meyers will take place in Heuser Art Gallery May 1st-13th, 2012.

A reception will be held May 4th, 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Heuser Art Gallery.
Type & Space – Kris Meyers

Disorder – Sara Stewart

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Sarah Zaleski

MA Thesis Exhibition

An exhibition for the MA thesis work of David Smit will be on display in Hartmann Center Gallery May 2nd-13th, 2012.

The reception for this exhibition will be held May 4th, 5:00pm-7:00pm at Hartmann Center Gallery.

The Smalls, Paintings by Nina Rizzo

Hartmann Center Art Gallery

March 29 – April 27, 2012

Reception: March 29th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Rizzo’s paintings are equal part fact and fiction. Using her direct experience with a place, event or object as a catalyst, she abstracts, invents and explores new realities in painted space and form. Rizzo imagines places unseen or hybrid spaces, creating a world that is full of wonder and possibility. Her use of exaggerated color, fluid brush strokes, and spatial ambiguities reveal sensual environments where interiors and exteriors collide and our notion of reality is questioned.

– Stephanie McMahon, Curator, Perceiving Place, 2010



3rd Biennial Central Time Ceramics

Heuser and Hartmann Galleries
February 27 – March 23, 2012

Lecture by Central Time Ceramics Juror, Delores Fortuna
Date: March 1st, 5:00pm
Horowitz Auditorium, Global Communications Center
Reception: March 1st, 6:00-7:30pm

This exhibition is the third installment of the biennial juried exhibition of ceramic artwork, Central Time Ceramics. Produced by Bradley University this exhibition has been generously funded in part by Robert Freeland.  The show brings together ceramic artwork from across the Central Time Zone to a city not only centrally located but also commonly associated with the central United States: Peoria, Illinois. Assembled in Peoria at the Bradley University Galleries are 55 ceramic works by 37 artists living and working in the Central Time Zone. From Minnesota to Texas, the locales represented are as varied as each artist’s aesthetic, yet the level of craftsmanship and innovation remains high throughout.

“Central” often refers to being in the middle, inferring sameness or mediocrity, yet the multiplicity of styles, methods and materials in this exhibition is anything but. Delores Fortuna, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the SAIC has superbly selected a diverse group of work full of color, technical expertise, and experimentation. This exhibition may be centrally located yet it depicts The Central Time Zone as a multifarious region including diverse perspectives on the materials, methods, and styles of contemporary ceramic art. Bradley University Galleries is proud to announce the following artists will be exhibiting in the 3rd Biennial Central Time Ceramics juried exhibition;

Zach Balousek
Amanda Barr
Bo Bedilion
Jill Birschbach
David Bogus
Eric Bosch
Keith Carter
G E Colpitts
Kelly Cox
William Cravis
Audra Darbyshire
Angela Dieffenbach
Daniel Gardner
John Gargano
Kelly Kessler
Tim Kowalczyk
Chris Kukla
Cassandra Lawlor
Chris Leonard
Hollie Lyko
Laura Marmash
Eric Mullis
Kate Nelson
Tybre Newcomer
Sheryl Paulson
Nila Petty
Don pilcher
Megan Quinn
William Rimel
Tammie Rubin
Jessica Smith
Mike Stumbras
Sarah Teasley
Julia Timm
Kelsie Ward
Jennifer White
Sarah Zaleski

Update: Central Time Ceramics Award Winners
1st Place – Kate Nelson
2nd Place – Keith Carter
3rd Place – Angela Dieffenbach

Honorable Mentions:
Kelsie Ward
Jill Birschbach

Image: Keith Carter, Spacil-Phylum Cnidaria IV

Drawings by Christopher Troutman

Heuser Art Gallery
November 14 – December 18, 2011

Reception: November 17, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Christopher Troutmans drawings and paintings concentrate on the remembrance of direct observation as a vehicle for exploring the relationship between memory and pictorial expression.  Troutman draws from his experiences of living in Japan, and then changes views when he moved to Southern California, Richmond, Kentucky, and now  Vincennes, Indiana.  He uses ordinary people and their environments as subjects.  Troutman focuses on the unique gestures of human figures and amplifying urban settings.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Christopher graduated from Bradley University in 2003 with a BFA in Drawing and Painting.  He then moved to Japan where he and his wife opened a conversational English school.  In 2005 Troutman was the first foreign resident of Kagoshima to be awarded the Grand Prize at the 52nd  Kagoshima Prefectural Art Exhibition and received an Award of Excellence at the 60th Southern Japan Art Exhibition. In 2008 Christopher completed an MFA in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach.  Troutman formerly taught drawing and painting at Eastern Kentucky University and currently teaches at Eastern Illinois University.

In Progress

Artwork by current Bradley graduate students.

Hartmann Gallery
October 20 ­– December 3, 2011

Reception: October 20, 5:00 – 7:00pm

In Progress will feature current graduate students in the MA and MFA program at Bradley University. This show will include Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Graphic Design, and Sculpture.