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Gallery Night: Midwest SPE Juried Student Members Exhibition

Friday, October 13 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Peoria Public Library

Sponsored by the Midwest Society for Photographic Education and Prairie Rivers Network.

Juried by: Carol Hays is the Executive Director of Prairie Rivers Network, a non-profit organization addressing the most pressing clean water issues that face Illinois' rivers. She came to Prairie Rivers Network after more than a decade running her own consulting practice where she supported non-profits and community leaders in strategic planning, leadership and policy change. With her husband, Scott and other river enthusiasts in the Mahomet area, she co-founded the Upper Sangamon River Conservancy. She has been involved in a variety of community advocacy campaigns, particularly in the arena of indoor air quality and studied the influence of environmental groups on wetlands protection while at SIU.

Alexander Martin is a visual artist whose work primarily deals with queer and black identity, as well as the concepts of masculinity and femininity. Martin's work scrutinizes the way in which Western culture defines gender and sexuality. He is one of the co-founders of Project 1612 in Peoria IL, an artist-run project space, and is also involved in several non-for-profit organizations in central Illinois. Martin's work has been exhibited at numerous galleries Including, Artist Image Resource (Pittsburgh, PA), Jan Brandt Gallery (Bloomington, IL), Zayed University (Dubai, UAE), St. Louis Art Guild (St Louis, MO), Corktown Studios (Detroit, MI), Contemporary Art Center (Rochester, NY), and Slayer Gallery. He has recently returned from an artist's residency at T.H.I.Studios in London, England. Martin's work has also been featured in Slag Mag, an art magazine published by the Old Furnace Artist Residency.

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