Back in Illinois (part ONE)…

Over Thanksgiving Break, I was able to visit and catch up with a few people in Peoria and Chicago.

On Sunday, November 22 I attended the closing reception for an exhibition at Project 1612 in Peoria. Former WVU Printmaker Alex Martin is a graduate student at Bradley University, studying for his MFA in Printmaking. Alex is also co-organizing the new experimental space Project 1612 in Peoria with fellow graduate student Jessica Bingham. It is so exciting to see something new and experimental in Peoria, and I am really happy to see Alex trying to engage the profession in this way!

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Project 1612 in Peoria.

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Here is Alex describing the space and talking about the current exhibition, an installation by Chicago artist James Chrzan.

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The inside of the gallery was totally transformed, there was a double projection of a video the artist made and the floor was completely covered in leaves. Again, this was incredibly exciting to see, great work Alex! Keep it up!

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