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Preston Jackson, Personal Profile

* 1998 Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois
* Rhodell Owens Award, Peoria City Beautiful


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  • 1989 - Present: Professor of Sculpture, Head of the Figurative Area, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 1995 - Present: Owner, The Raven Gallery, home of the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
  • 1994 - 1996: Chair, Sculpture Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 1972 - 1989: Professor of Sculpture, Painting and Drawing, Western Illinois University
  • 1971 - 1972: Instructor of Drawing and Painting, Millikin University
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  • City of Chicago
    Cast Bronze Sculpture of Irv Kupcinet

  • Northwestern University, Chicago
    "Dr. Dan", Bronze Bust of Daniel Hale Williams

  • Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina
    Medallion for 50th anniversary Brown v. Board of Education

  • City of Chicago, Brainerd Library
    Stainless Steel and Cast Bronze Relief of Gwendolyn Brooks

  • Disney, ESPN Zone, Chicago, Illinois
    "Let's Play Two"—Ernie Banks Relief Sculpture, Cold Cast Bronze

  • City of Danville, Illinois
    Martin Luther King Memorial Bronze Bust

  • Fire Training Academy, Peoria, Illinois
    Stainless Steel and Cast Bronze Memorial Sculpture

  • Champaign Public Library, Champaign, Illinois
    Stainless Steel & Cast Bronze Sculpture Memorial Frederick Douglass

  • Private Commission donated to the City of Peoria
    "Our Town", 10 X 12 foot Steel Cityscape, Painted Steel

  • Tazewell-Mason Counties Special Education Association, Pekin Illinois
    Stainless Steel Memorial Sculpture

  • Luster Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
    Bronze Memorial bust and relief

  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
    "Animal Dignity", Stainless Steel Exterior relief sculpture

  • Cahokia Mounds Museum, Cahokia Mounds, Illinois
    Cast Bronze Building Facade and Entry and Exit Doors

  • City of Peoria, Illinois
    "Jean Baptiste Point du Sable", life-size bronze city monument

  • Hainline Theater, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
    "In My Father's House", Cast Bronze 8'

  • Recipient of five State Commissions, through the Capitol Development Board
    Springfield, Illinois
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  • January-March, 2006—Fresh from Julieanne's Garden
    Chicago Cultural Center

  • February-May, 2006—From Bronzeville to Harlem
    Bronzeville Visitors' Center, Chicago

  • July-August, 2005—Fresh from Julieanne's Garden
    Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

  • April-August, 2005—Bronzeville to Harlem
    African American Museum of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • February 2005—Fresh from Julieanne's Garden
    University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

  • November-December 2004—Fresh from Julieanne's Garden
    Lakeview Museum, Peoria, Illinois

  • July-August 2004—Fresh from Julieanne's Garden
    Decatur Area Arts Council, Decatur, Illinois

  • January-February, 2003—Bronzeville to Harlem
    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois

  • October-November 2002—Recent Works
    David Erlanson Gallery, Richland Community College, Decatur, IL

  • April-June 2002—Bronzeville to Harlem
    Waterloo Museum of the Arts, Waterloo, Iowa

  • January-March, 2002—Bronzeville to Harlem
    Lakeview Museum, Peoria, Illinois

  • March-August, 2001—Bronzeville to Harlem
    Tougaloo College, Jackson, Mississippi

  • 2000—Dowagiac Dogwood Arts Festival
    Dowagiac, Michigan

  • 2000—Inside Outside Art
    Art Guild, Peoria, Illinois

  • 2000—New Directions
    Gallery 33, Springfield, Illinois

  • 1999—Crossing Over
    Galesburg Civic Art League, Galesburg, IL

  • 1999—Another View
    Gallery 33, Springfield, IL

  • April-July, 1998—Bronzeville to Harlem
    Van Vechten Gallery, Fisk University
    Nashville, Tennessee

  • February, 1998—Solo Show
    Governors State University
    University Park, Illinois

  • January-February, 1998—Bronzeville to Harlem
    Knox College
    Galesburg, Illinois

  • Fall, 1997—Bronzeville to Harlem
    Decatur Public Library
    Decatur, Illinois

  • Spring, 1997—Bronzeville to Harlem
    Western Illinois University Gallery
    Macomb, Illinois

  • Fall, 1996—Bronzeville to Harlem
    Contemporary Art Center, Checkered Raven Gallery
    Peoria, Illinois

  • 1995—Duo Exhibit
    Rockford Art Museum
    Rockford, Illinois
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  • October-December 2005—The New Figurative Artists Show
    LeQuire Gallery, Nashville, TN

  • August-September 2004—Julieanne's Garden
    Betty Rymer Gallery, Faculty Sabbatical Show
    School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Mirrors of the Spirit
    Noyes Cultural Art Center, Evanston, IL

  • 2004 Artist in the Studio
    Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL

  • July-August 2003, Sculpt
    McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL

  • 2001—Pierwalk 1996 through 2001
    Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

  • 2000-2001—Sarasota Season of Sculpture
    Sarasota, Florida

  • 2000-2001—Franconia Sculpture Park
    Shafer, Minnesota

  • 2000-2002—South Bend Regional Museum of Art
    Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

  • 1998-2001—Western Park Sculpture Exhibition, Outdoor Sculpture Show
    St. Paul, Minnesota

  • 1997-2000—Sculpture Showcase, Outdoor Sculpture Show
    West Bend, Wisconsin

  • Fall, 1997—Group Sabbatical Show
    Betty Rymer Gallery, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • 1997—River Gallery, Outdoor Sculpture Show
    Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • 1996—"Contemporary American Sculpture"
    University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

  • 1996n "1968 - Now"—School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois

  • 1996—American International College, Group Show
    Springfield, Massachusetts

  • 1995—Albertson-Peterson Gallery, Group Show
    Winter Park, Florida

  • 1995—Afro-Asian Exhibit, Group Show
    Asian American Art Center
    New York, New York
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  • 2005
    Jane T. Walsh Juried Show
    Burlington, Iowa
  • 2005
    2005 Festival of the Arts Sculpture Park
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2004
    Art at the Center—The Juried Exhibition
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • 2004
    Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair
    Peoria, IL
  • 2004
    Art St. Louis, Primordial II—Earth
    St. Louis, MO
  • 2003
    Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2002
    St. Louis Art Fair
    Clayton, MO
  • 2001
    A View Outside: An Expression in Afrocentric Creativity
    Parkland Art Gallery, Urbana, IL
  • 1998
    Galex, Galesburg Civic Art League
    Galesburg, IL
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  • 2005
    2005 Untitled Artspace
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2004
    2004 Millikin University
    Decatur, Illinois
  • 2003
    Heartland Community College
    Bloomington, IL
  • 2002
    Plattsburgh, NY
  • 2002
    The Crucible, Berkeley, CA
    Figurative Metal Sculpture & the Dialogue of Teaching
  • 2001
    Tougaloo College
    Jackson, MS
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Peoria Journal Star, July 3, 2005
Stories of Truth
Shields Magazine, May, June, July 2005, Vol. 2 No. 8
Northwestern University NewsCenter, September 27, 2004
Auditorium Named for First African-American Medical School Grad
Observer Online, September 23, 2004
Feinberg School celebrates its past—'Dr. Dan' hailed for contributions to medical field
Decatur Herald and Review, July 9, 2004
New Works, New Worlds
Decatur Herald and Review, July 9, 2004
Writing of Decatur Roots
Shields Magazine, Winter 2004, Vol. 2, No. 3
Peoria Journal Star, January 19, 2003
Legacy II, Standouts Among Us—Sharing His Talents
Peoria Journal Star, January 19, 2003
Teacher at Heart
WTVP-TV, Television Interview
January 19, 2003
Sculptural Pursuit Magazine, Fall 2003, Vol. 2 No. 4
Preston Jackson, An Educator, Sculptor Shares his Talents with his Community
The News-Gazette, Champaign, IL, September 6, 2001
Danville's Monument to King now a Reality
Peoria Journal Star, 2001
Settler's Tribute Unsettled—Jean Baptiste DuSable
The News Gazette, Champaign, IL, January 28, 2001
Art Outside the Bounds
Peoria Journal Star, January 21, 2001
Who Am I?
Galesburg Register—Mail October 14, 1999 A Return to Color
Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, NY, November 13, 2002
New Campus Art, Sculpture Evokes Misery of Slave Trade
WSIU-TV, Carbondale, IL
One on One
The Tennessean, Nashville, TN, April 5, 1998
Bronze Obsession
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Shields Magazine, Summer 2004, Vol. 3, No. 2
A Son from Sunset
Arts Alive! April 2000
Plan to Continue Arts in Peoria
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Harold Washington Public Library - Chicago, Illinois
Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana
University Of Illinois - Champaign, Illinois
Union League Club - Chicago, Illinois
Lakeview Museum - Peoria, Illinois
Illinois State Museum - Springfield, Illinois
Waterloo Museum of Art - Waterloo, Iowa
Decatur Area Arts Council - Decatur, Illinois
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All artwork by Preston Jackson, Copyright 2006.