A lifelong Peoria-area native and Bradley University alum, Kiley Beecher is an independent, freelance creative professional specializing in graphic design art and illustration in Central Illinois. As a graphic designer and art director, Beecher has developed materials for clients such as Caterpillar, Ameren Illinois, LG Seeds, G&D Integrated, 5 Senses Spa and Salon, Ideal Turf, and Gayon High Performance, among many other area businesses, both large and small. As an illustrator, Beecher has performed services as a cover artist for independent tabletop game designers, Ironwolf Industries, and story illustrator for Literary Orphans in addition to individual commissions. He is also an illustrator for many licensed properties for both Cryptozoic Entertainment and Topps Company, including trading card sets for DC Superheroes & Villains, Ghostbusters, Star Wars, and The Big Bang Theory.
You can catch Beecher at most regional comic book conventions and Chicago shows. Check out his work online at www.kileybeecher.com, DeviantArt at kileybeecher.deviantart.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/kileybeecher. When he isn’t scratching his pencil, or clicking a mouse, Beecher may be found managing a family farm in rural Peoria County.
Fine Arts at FDL expands the library’s mission by stimulating imagination and fostering lifelong learning. Curated by the library’s Art Advisory Committee, the program strives to give local artists the opportunity to present new work in a public setting and encourages all artists in East Peoria and surrounding communities to submit an application for consideration.
The installation of art at Fondulac District Library’s facility at 400 Richland Street began with a generous donation from the Ray and Peg Bahnfleth estate. Several pieces were commissioned or purchased for the library’s collection, and funds were used for the installation on a Walker display system for exhibiting engaging works by local artists. Exhibitions of local art are expected to begin in the second half of 2016.
Fine Arts at FDL is curated by the Art Advisory Committee: Adult Services Manager Laura Warren, Communications Assistant Elizabeth Anderson, and Library Director Genna Buhr. The program is guided by the policy adopted and approved by the library’s Board of Directors.
The library currently has two areas for temporary exhibitions of art. Two 12-foot perpendicular wall sections with Walker display system railing are located adjacent to a second floor seating area and are available for displaying mounted, framed, and/or sturdy hanging art. Near its entrance, the library also has a tall glass-front display case with adjustable glass shelving for small or medium-sized three-dimensional art pieces. The case consists of four sections, each with adjustable shelves. The top two sections are each 48 inches tall and have lighting. The bottom two sections are 27 inches tall. All sections are 20 inches wide and 16 inches deep.
All exhibit areas are within the library and are publicly viewable during regular library hours.