By: Jess Miller
The Peoria Riverfront Museum has been a hit on the riverfront district. The museum has brought big things to Peoria in the short time it’s been open, but it’s time to mix things up. The Peoria Riverfront Museum plans to switch up an exhibit within the International Feature Gallery.
The International Feature Gallery is an exhibit that changes with the interest of the community. One of the next exhibits will treat Peoria to an outstanding artist and
photographer, Ansel Adams. The new exhibit is titled Ansel Adams: Western Exposure. Adams is known for his black and white photography of nature. He was a
well-known figure in both nature photography as well as the wilderness preservation realms. Adams was born in San Francisco where he found his appreciation for nature and his inspiration for his primary photographic works. “The Peoria Riverfront Museum is quite privileged to have Ansel Adams: Western Exposure,” says
Jim Richerson, President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The exhibition is curated by Adams’ daughter-in-law, Jeanne Adams. Jeanne is a nationally known curator in her own right having assembled exhibitions across the United States.”
The exhibit will display over 100 original prints and related California works of Adams. This exhibit will include his iconic landscapes, agricultural and urban images, portraits and memorabilia. Richerson says “For the museum it is a perfect fit covering art, history, science and achievement.” The changing of the art exhibit is definitely a reason to attract people to the museum, but what about attracting people outside of Peoria to come and visit? “Ansel Adams: Western Exposure will be the ONLY Midwest venue”, says Richerson, “making it an outstanding regional draw for the museum.” The Lakeview Museum had an Ansel Adams exhibit in 2004. The Peoria Riverfront Museum is extremely excited to have the privilege to share with Peoria and beyond the works of one of the most renowned photographers of the twentieth century.