What Was, What Could Have Been – Artwork Installation

Normally visitors can observe our install process from the Heuser Art Center 2nd floor overlook. Since Covid-19 has disrupted normal gallery interactions, we are bringing the install to you.

“What Was, What Could Have Been” is a solo exhibition installed in Heuser Art Gallery and features 13 oil paintings by BU Affiliate Professor Jack Crouch. The following photos document the artwork layout and hanging process. Artwork installation by Jack Crouch and Taylor Fawcett. A virtual presentation of the finalized exhibition will be available soon.

For more information on the artist please visit: www.jackcrouchpainting.com

THROUGH OUR EYES: Senior Capstone Photography Online Exhibition

THROUGH OUR EYES is the online exhibition of the Bradley University Senior Photography Capstone class. The dedicated and talented students showcased in this exhibition have spent the semester considering individual concepts that include social justice issues, environmental concerns, and investigations of identity. Though challenged with the transition from working on campus in the studios and darkrooms to working at home, these students have found creative ways to continue their photographic practice incorporating alternative processes and digital collage techniques.

Please enjoy perusing this online exhibition which features the works, artist statements, biographies, and personal website links to the ten senior photography students in the capstone class. The exhibition was originally planned to be held at the beautiful Peoria Magazine gallery space but was reconfigured due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This website is a testament not only to the tenacity and flexibility of these student-artists, but also to their creativity and ingenuity in overcoming adversity.
~Margaret LeJeune Associate Professor of Photography

7th Central Time Ceramics

7th Central Time Ceramics
Heuser Art Gallery, Hartmann Center Gallery
Canceled until further notice

This exhibition is the seventh installment of the biennial juried exhibition of ceramic artwork, Central Time Ceramics. 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 51 ceramic works by 36 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. This year’s juror is Doug Jeppesen. Jeppesen holds a BA in Art History and a BFA in Art with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Tulsa, and a MFA from Northern Illinois University.  Doug holds the title of Associate Professor of Art/Ceramics at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois where he has taught full time since 1998. 

Jeppesen 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.

The 7th Central Time Ceramics Artists:

Troy Aiken – South Bend, IN
Kenneth Baskin – Lake Charles, LA
Chris Berti – Urbana, IL
Jill Birschbach – Evanston, IL
Shannon Blakey – Columbia, MO
Tracy Burton – Chicago, IL
Grace Chien – Peoria, IL
G. E. Colpitts – Belvidere, IL
Angela Dieffenbach – Chicago, IL
Keith Ekstam – Springfield, MO
Paul Eshelman – Elizabeth, IL
Teresa Frisch – Bethalto, IL
John Gargano – Lafayette, LA
Mike Gesiakowski – Saint Louis, MO
Jennifer Holt – Decatur, IL
Meg Howton – Carbondale, IL
Kevin Kao – Saint Louis, MO
Patty Kochaver – Skokie, IL
Chris Leonard – McAllen, TX
Sean Lofton – Columbia, MO
Ronny Loyd – League City, TX
Antonio Martinez – Lawrence, KS
Susan Messer McBride – Chicago, IL
Will McComb – Oxford, MS
Eric Ordway – Columbia. MO
Lisa Orr – Austin, TX
Joel Pisowicz – Chesterton, IN
Megan Quinn – Rock Island, IL
Joyce St. Clair Voltz – Cedar Rapids, IA
Mike Stumbras – Riverside, MO
Meghan Sullivan – Appleton, WI
Will Van Dyke – Evanston, IL
Rimas VisGirda – Champaign, IL
Michael Ware – Milwaukee, WI
Mary Wilhelm – Normal, IL
Lisa York – Savanna, IL

Artwork by Jennifer Holt of Decatur, Illinois
Breathe (Version 3), Slip Cast & Assembled Porcelain , 2018

Millie Tibbs – Mountains and Valleys

Exhibition: February 12 – March 13 – Red Door Gallery, Heuser Art Center 3rd Floor
Gallery Hours: 2-5pm M-Th, 2-4:30pm F, and by appointment
Workshop: February 14, 3:30-5:30 – Heuser Art Center, Photo Area

Join us for an exhibition featuring the artwork of photographer Millie Tibbs. Tibbs’ work will be on display February 12 – March 13 in the Red Door Gallery located on the third floor of Heuser Art Center.

Tibbs is an associate professor of photography at Wayne State University. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the recipient of two MacDowell Colony fellowships, as well as multiple national and international artist residency awards. Her work has been published by the Humble Arts Foundation, NYC and the Aperture Foundation, and is held in the permanent collections of the George Eastman Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, the Chrysler Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and the RISD Museum.

Learn more about the artist and work: www.milleetibbs.com/

Undergraduate Art Exhibition

Exhibition: February 6 – 20, Heuser Art Center 2nd Floor Catwalk Gallery
Reception: February 6, 6-7:30pm

YEAR IN (RE)VIEW is an undergraduate art exhibition that features the artwork of nine select BU undergraduate students; Amanda Brito, Taylor Fawcett, Matthew Hoffert, Megan Le, Dylan Pashke, Sydney Ryan, Theresa Sample, Brandon Towns, and Kendall Welch. This exhibit will be on display in the Heuser Art Center 2nd Floor Catwalk Gallery February 6 – 20. A reception event will be held February 6th from 6-7:30pm. This exhibition was curated and organized by BU graduate student Peter Ahart.


Monday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday: 9am – 4pm
and by appointment

Hold Fast – Margaret LeJeune

Semaphore, analog film double exposure, archival inkjet print, 2019
collaboration with Rachael Allain (UK)

Hold FastMargaret LeJeune, Sabbatical Exhibition
Hartmann Center Gallery
January 22 – February 20
Lecture: February 20, 5pm – Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center
Reception: February 20, 6-7:30pm

The exhibition Hold Fast by Associate Professor of Photography Margaret LeJeune will be on display in Hartmann Center Gallery January 22 – February 20. Join us for a Visual Voices lecture presented by LeJeune on February 20th in Horowitz Auditorium, which will be immediately followed by an artist reception in the gallery.

This exhibition features five bodies of photographic work created over the course of LeJeune’s year long 2018-2019 sabbatical. Issues of climate change, habitat loss, native species, ecology, and our complicated relationship to the sea are explored in these works.

Learn more about the artist at: margaretlejeune.com

Hartmann Center Gallery
1423 St. James Ave
Peoria, IL 61625

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
and by appointment

Archiving Eden

 Poppy, archival pigment print

Dornith Doherty – The Bunn Lectureship in Photography
Heuser Art Gallery
January 13 – February 20
Lecture: February 6, 5pm – Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center
Reception: February 6, 6-7:30pm

This photography exhibition by Texas-based artist Dornith Doherty intertwines science and art, showcasing the planet’s botanical diversity through 17 images from seed banks across the world.

For nearly 10 years, Doherty traveled the world from Australia to Russia photographing seed banks, which are designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants against species loss brought by blight, development, global warming, pests, unexpected change, and war. Long interested in how humans shape the land, Doherty explored seed vaults and the activities of their research scientists. Starting with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, she visited key facilities across five continents, including the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, just south of the North Pole on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. Svalbard, one of more than 1,700 seed banks across the globe, is special because it houses duplicate seeds from other vaults to serve as a backup in case of a natural or man-made disaster. Because of its location, it is better positioned to withstand the potential aftermath of global warming or other man-made global disasters.

Spurred by the completion of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Dornith Doherty began Archiving Eden in 2008 as a way to explore the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change and the extinction of natural species.

This program has been made possible by the generous support of The Bunn Lectureship in Photography series. Because of this support from Bradley alums, Jacob and Lorrie Bunn, for over 20 years The Bunn Lectureship in Photography has brought nationally and internationally recognized photographers to Bradley’s campus. With the goal of broadening and enriching students’ educational experience, this program provides exhibitions, lectures, and workshops where students benefit from direct interaction with professional photographers.

Learn more the project and artist at: www.dornithdoherty.com/archiving-eden