Art works in Peoria

Congressman AARON SCHOCK ’02 presents a copy of a mosaic made of works from Peoria artists to Rocco Landesman

Congressman AARON SCHOCK ’02 presents a copy of a mosaic made of works from Peoria artists to Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. George Brown, chairman of Bradley’s theater department, created the mosaic using a computer program.

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Visit artspartners.imagekind.com/artspartners-posters to purchase a copy of the print. Visit http://www.macosaix.net/ to make your own mosaic.

Rocco Landesman comments on the mosaic in his blog: http://www.arts.gov/artworks/?p=6070

Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has a new poster to decorate his office wall in Washington, D.C. On March 1, U.S. Rep. AARON SCHOCK ’02 presented Landesman with a mosaic made of pictures submitted by Peoria-area artists. The piece came from SHIFT, a group formed at Landesman’s urging to unite local artists in promoting the arts in the community during a November 2009 visit he made to Peoria. George Brown, chairman of Bradley’s theater department and a member of SHIFT, used the computer program MacOSaiX and almost 2,800 images to create the composite image — a photo of the downtown Peoria skyline taken by photographer Doug Leunig. “[The program] matched tones and contrasts of all the photographs that the artists supplied, and then it blended them together," Brown said.

            “Peoria’s a pretty dynamic city,” said Brown, “and the arts are really making a difference here. That’s what’s so fun to celebrate.”