Preston Jackson

This week, we're talking with Kip Strasma and artist Preston Jackson. The MAXAM Building is presenting its Fall Art Show, featuring the work of Central Illinois Artists. Jackson is one of the artists whose work will be on display. They talk about the initial decision to identify a potential art venue in the building, and about its proximity to places like the Contemporary Art Center and the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Many of the works in this show are designed to encourage interaction between the art (or the artists) and the observer.

David Commanday, conductor of the Heartland Festival Orchestra, is with us to talk about the concert that opens the orchestra's ninth season. Fittingly, the program includes Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Commanday says it's the culmination of Beethoven's symphonic works, and it includes the well-known "Ode to Joy," with its themes of freedom and universal brotherhood.

Ann Schmitt, from the Peoria Riverfront Museum, is with us this week to talk about "The George & Norma Kottemann Collection: A 40-Year Passion For Art." The exhibit features work of mid-century and contemporary art from the couple's personal personal collection. It includes paintings, sculpture and glass art; and represents four decades of effort by the Peoria couple. Schmitt says the Kottemann's were strategic in their acquisitions, and often sought to meet the artists whose work they collected.

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ALTON, Ill. (AP) - Hundreds of admirers of Miles Davis have turned out for the unveiling of a bronze sculpture of the jazz legend in the Illinois community where he was born. More than 350 people showed up Saturday for the weekend event in Alton. 

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A bronzed sculpture of jazz trumpeter and band leader Miles Davis will soon be unveiled in the Illinois town where Davis was born. Artist Preston Jackson is scheduled to do the unveiling in downtown Alton Sept. 12. Davis was born in Alton in 1926 and moved to East St. Louis a year later. He would later play with such stalwarts as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey before dying of a stroke in 1991. Utility provider Ameren Illinois recently donated $5,000 toward the project in the city's Riverbend community, which is located near downtown along the Mississippi River.

  

Artist Preston Jackson discusses his craft

Oct 30, 2014
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Preston Jackson is known throughout Illinois as a sculptor and painter. He earned the states’ highest honor for professional achievement and public service.  Jackson grew up in Decatur, went to the University of Illinois and teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago. He also co-founded the Contemporary Arts Center of Peoria. He talked with Illinois Public Radio's David Inge about why he says his art is personal, and the message he hopes others get from his work.

Some well-known comics are coming together to help raise money for a Richard Pryor statue in Peoria.

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This week on Peoria's Hidden Treasures, we’re looking at works of art on Water Street in downtown Peoria.On the wall above the Water Street Café is a mural depicting New Orleans’ Mardi Gras parade. Revelers include a court jester, a centaur and a bull and a mermaid. A few blocks away is a sculpture called “Peoria Portal.” Consisting of a column of raw granite, a column of bronze, and a modern arch, the piece encapsulates a history of architectural ideas. Across from Contemporary Art Center stands a sculpture, “Flight of the Cakewalkers,” by Peoria’s Preston Jackson.