Walk the Line: Preston Jackson and William Butler Opening Reception

October 08, 2021
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Campus Events
Lonnie Eugene Stewart Art Gallery, Building D

Walking the Line: Preston Jackson and William Butler

The show will run from October 1 through November 11, 2021, in the Lonnie Eugene Stewart Gallery, with an opening date of Friday, October 8 from 5-7 PM. This event is free and open to the public

Preston Jackson creates bronze figurative work, monumental bronze and steel sculpture as well as two-dimensional work. Preston’s work centers on where we have been and where we are going, both in a historical and a philosophical sense. 
Preston is professor emeritus at The School of the Art Institute. He was recently awarded a Regional Emmy for hosting “Legacy in Bronze”, a television show featuring his Julieanne’s Garden sculptures, and was named a 1998 Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. In 2018 he was chosen as number 6 of the 10 Top Illinois Artists and Architects of all time, the first living person on the list. 
William went to college to be a graphic designer and illustrator and worked in that field for about a decade. His work has been shown in galleries in Illinois, New York and Toronto. For 8 years he sold hundreds of paintings and original relief prints in art fairs all over the Midwest, Florida and New York, winning many awards. He has work in the Western and Eastern Illinois University collections. He has maintained a studio on the 3rd floor of the Contemporary Art Center since 1996. William lives in Peoria and has served the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria as Executive Director since 2003.
Lisa Walker