Showing posts from January, 2018
Today's Resident interview is with Dan Ossandon

Dan studied graphic design at Chaffey College in California.  After his education he worked various
screen printing jobs off and on for 7 years, which when given his knowledge of design, led to his interest
in mixing the two worlds. Working mostly with print, Dan likes to use vibrant colors and human shapes
and forms to create work that is self-reflective of his life and environment.  His Imagery comes from
the the experiences and interactions he has on a daily basis.  He will be featured in an exhibition this
coming Friday at 5 p.m. at 1028 sw Adams St. so be sure to swing by and check out his work yourself.
 Great work Dan!
Just a reminder of the awesome exhibition coming up!
"Parallel Lines: A Multimedia Exhibition" will have an opening Saturday Feb. 10th at 5 p.m. here at the Prairie Center. The following week if you would like to see the exhibition and could not make the opening, please contact the gallery manager at to schedule a time! (Photo by Alexis Carbadillo)
Current Resident Barbie Perry will be in a group exhibition this March! Here are some previews of some of the great work she has been making, so be sure to swing by and check out! Details for the exhibition are below: March 2nd thru 29th 2018 exhibit "seeking light: shedding light" will be on display in downtown gallery at the main branch of the Peoria Public Library on Monroe. Four artists will address the theme of the exhibit through their individual mediums - oil painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and book arts. Art has always been a means for finding and expressing meaning, shedding light on the human experience. The artists are: Peg Toliver, Barbie Perry, Debra Risberg and Judy Ritchie. A public reception will be held on Saturday March 10th from 2 to 4 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday 9am to 6pm. Really excited to see this show!

Today's Resident Interview is with Elizabeth Klise!
In her work, Elizabeth Klise explores the intersection between writing, education, and visual art. Her latest pieces feature curated sequences of original art once used in the production of educational filmstrips. Through the addition of text and lettering, these works often involve language and coding, and the alphabet always serves as a foundational element. With their educational underpinnings,these new series address the “education” we receive and remember ... and the “alphabets” that form the language of our lives. Klise holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from the University of Notre Dame. She has lived in a diversity of cities (New York, Paris, San Francisco, Mexico City) and held a variety of jobs, including serving on the staff of the American Academy in Rome and writing and producing a five-part art history video series entitled Exploring Art: Forms and Ideas in Art of the Western World. Be sure to swing b…
Hello all! Be sure to mark you calendars for "Parallel Lines: A Multi Media Exhibition." Allison and Alexis, featured in the below photos, have been working very hard to bring you an awesome experience. Feb 10th at 5pm! Be sure to be there! Also, be ready for our next resident interview coming your way this Thursday!

Allison Walsh studied Painting, Spanish, and Philosophy in her undergraduate studies. She began her residency in the summer of 2017 with the intention to finish the post-production for her documentary Parallel Lines. Although her residency focused on her documentary work, her studio practice covers a broad range, including painting and performance. In her work she thinks a lot about the body and making the unnoticed noticed. Allison’s art practice is more about paying attention to things rather than creating them, and this idea even carries over into her painting. She is moving more towards documentary work but fully embraces her fine art background, as it gives her a unique perspective in which to explore film and documentary and create work that could not be made otherwise.Check out her website and her Instagram @allisonwalshartist. Keep your calendars open February 10th, she will be having an open viewing and lecture featuring work from her documentary along …
Hello All! Just to let you know, we down here at the Prairie Center will not be open for First Friday. We will resume our regular first Friday events in April. If you are itching for some great work to check out this Friday though, our current artist in resident Michael Jermaine Adams has a show this Friday, Jan. 5th, at Studios on Sheridan. Be sure to swing by and check out his awesome work and see what he has been up to the past months! Excited to see your work Michael!!