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Artist Preston Jackson

Preston Jackson is well-known in Illinois and beyond as a sculptor and painter. “He also likes to think of himself as a storyteller, and the story is often a personal one,” said Ilinois Pioneers host David Inge. “As he says, ‘I create who I am.’ ” Jackson is the co-founder of the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, where he also has a studio and gallery. He earned his Master of Fine arts degree at the U of I, and has taught for many years at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Black Science Matters logo feature u of i alma mater statue

#BlackScienceMatters

A short film series examining the severe underrepresentation of African-Americans in the sciences.


Vic Di Geronimo in WILL-FM's music library

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Get more out of your classical music experience and check out Vic Di Geronimo’s blog.


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For the second year in a row, the web series brought home both a Silver and Bronze Telly award.