2012 was a Great Year for Prairie Center
Here are a Few Highlights
 
·     We were honored to house 39 talented artists from around the world with 1,856 overnights equating to an 81% occupancy rate.  This was an increase from 27 artists in 2011.  We had an artist from Japan, one from Columbia, and the rest hailed from all over the United States.

·     Our Community Artists in Residence Program grew in 2012 from three artists to nine whereby we provided studio space for local artists free of charge for periods of three to six months. 

·     We offered a one year residency for a program manager.  Ron Ray was the successful candidate and arrived February 1. He has been the “glue” that makes our residency program a vibrant place for all of the artists involved.  Ron has decided to go back to his studio full time. Good Luck, Ron.

·     To rave reviews by visiting artists we began transporting them between the house in Germantown Hills and the studios in Peoria.

·     In October Prairie Center hosted the CIAO “Vernissage” exhibition in Warehouse Gallery One. 190+ local artists’ works were shown in conjunction with the opening of the Riverfront Museum in downtown Peoria.  Thanks to Ron, our Program Director, for his extraordinary work in making this exhibition such a success.

·     We also hosted the Mid-Illini Conference Art Show; the Quest Academy Art Show; and Bradley University BFA Senior Exhibitions in Warehouse Gallery One.

·     Gary Will, a local artist and Bradley University professor on sabbatical, completed his residency by hosting a final exhibition of photographs taken while on a mission trip with a Riverside Community Church group.

·     Prairie Center, Joe Richey, and Oscar Gillespie of Bradley University are featured in a new book published in August, 2012, titled: Post Digital Printmaking: CNC, Traditional and Hybrid Techniques.  This book is co-authored by a past PCA resident, Paul Catanese.  He is the Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College in Chicago.  http://www.paulcatanese.com/