Oct 13th 2019

It’s almost time! The Terrain Biennial 2019 will soon be underway in Chicagoland, around the country, and beyond! And Project 1612 of Peoria, IL is excited to be part of this celebration of artists!

Join us on Sunday, October 13th for the opening celebration of Terrain Biennial at Project 1612. The opening will be at a new location (listed below) and will include four dynamic artists: Jam Lovell, Venise Keys, John Steck, Jr., and Sage Dawson.

Terrain Biennial: Project 1612
Sunday, October 13th, 5 – 8 pm
1100 N. Underhill, Peoria, IL

With more than 250 artist projects and over 500 participants, the Terrain Biennial 2019 has grown significantly since its last incarnation!

The Terrain Biennial is unlike any other art festival. It takes place on lawns, in front yards, on porches, beneath awnings, and in windows. Residents partner with artists to bring striking, contemporary artwork into their communities. The Terrain Biennial challenges the way art is often confined to institutional spaces and class-specific audiences. Building on Chicago’s rich tradition of apartment galleries and artist-run spaces, the Biennial brings contemporary art into the intimate terrain of the front yard, fostering dialogue between neighbors and providing access to new art for a wide range of people.

This is the second time Project 1612 will be participating in the Terrain Biennial, this time splitting between the homes of co-founders Jessica Bingham and Zach Ott in Morton, IL and Alexander Martin in Peoria, IL. Projects by four artists will be displayed at the Peoria location, including a participatory performance and sculptures by Jam Lovell of East Peoria; a window installation by Venise Keys of Chicago; a time-based installation by John Steck Jr. of Chicago; and an intricate woven carpet in Point 1612 by Sage Dawson of St. Louis. Sage Dawson will also exhibit a flag piece titled “Everywhere Around Us” at the Morton, IL location.

The theme of this years Terrain Biennial is to take stock of the landscape that people are living in today. What is the terrain that we occupy? What is the topology of our moment? Artists and hosts have been asked to reflect upon the ways in which our environment changes us and how we are changing it.

Additional Terrain Biennial 2019 locations:
Aurora, IL | Asheville, NC | Batavia, IL | Berwyn, IL | Chicago, IL | Cicero, IL | DeKalb, IL | Dhaka, Bangladesh | Evanston, IL | Forest Park, IL | Geneva, IL | Glen Ellyn, IL | Havana, Cuba | Homewood, IL | Iowa City, IA | La Grange, IL | Los Angeles, CA | London, United Kingdom | Lubbock, TX | Morris, IL | Morton, IL | Newburgh, NY | New York, TX | Oakland, CA | Oak Park, IL | Pasadena, CA | Peoria, IL | Portland, ME | Riverside, IL | River Forest, IL | Santa Fe, NM | Springfield, IL | West Chicago, IL �

Terrain Exhibitions was founded in 2011 by the late artist, curator, and educator Sabina Ott at her home in Oak Park. The original format of the exhibition space existed as monthly installations in her front yard, from which grew the Terrain Biennial. In the summer of 2018 Sabina Ott passed away leaving behind a legacy of radical energy, caring magic, and deep community. Terrain Exhibitions is a 501c3 Not for Profit organization established in the State of Illinois. Terrain Exhibitions produces the Terrain Biennial, a public art event staged at locations worldwide. Terrain Exhibitions hosts the Terrain Residency in Springfield, Illinois working with our partners the Springfield Art Association and the Enos Park Residency Program.

Land Acknowledgment:
Chicago is the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: The Odawa, Ojibwe and Potawatomi Nations. Many other Tribes like the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac and Fox also called this area home. Located at the intersection of several great waterways, the land naturally became a site of travel and healing for many Tribes. American Indians continue to call this area home and now Chicago is home to the sixth largest Urban American Indian community that still practices their heritage, traditions and care for the land and waterways. Today, Chicago continues to be a place that calls many people from diverse backgrounds to live and gather here. Despite the many changes the city has experienced, both our American Indian and the Terrain Exhibitions community see the importance of the land and this place that has always been a city home to many diverse backgrounds and perspectives

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