Pit Fire Event!

Join us for Experience the Flame, a demonstration of the art of pit firing on Saturday, April 11th from 12-5 p.m. at the home of Chris Kukla. There will be a Q&A session at 3 p.m. and a cookout throughout the event.  Mark your calendars to experience this incredible ceramics technique.  More details to come!


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Backspace Collective Wins Award

Backspace Collective was awarded 3rd Place for their collaborative, interactive piece Select All.  The collaboration was part of the Peoria Art Guild’s exhibition Guess You Had to Be There.  The exhibition was held at the Gateway Building in Peoria, and large numbers attended the reception and cut pieces from Select All to take home with them.
Select All light coming through

Select All, seen here with light coming through from the window behind.

Thank you to the Peoria Art Guild, juror Joel Ross, and everyone who attended the exhibition!


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Backspace Collective chosen for installation event

Backspace Collective artist members will present Select All, a collaborative art installation, at Peoria’s Gateway Building, 200 NE Water Street.  The work was chosen by jurors for the Peoria Art Guild’s exhibition Guess You Had To Be There.  Select all digital sketch 2

Viewers will be invited to select some portion from the larger composition, and then they will be assisted in cutting their composition out of the whole. As a collaborative work, our piece represents the portions of ourselves that go toward making artwork and working in a collective; we in turn include every willing viewer in our collective efforts to bring art to Peoria. By making a selection, the participant engages in the act of cropping, composing–making choices the artist usually makes. Rather than deciding exactly how our work will be viewed, we will allow participants to show us how they would like the work to be seen.

The exhibition will be February 21–22, 2015.  Opening reception February 21, 6-8.


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Whiskey City Collaborative

Great post summarizing our juried exhibition Metropolis familiaris.


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Backspace achieves 501(c)(3) status!

Congratulations to Backspace Collective NFP.  The organization has been granted tax exempt status by the IRS!  This is great news for the organization and its supporters.

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Pickup Lines featured in Peoria Journal Star

Veronica and GaiaPickup Lines, the March/April Backspace Collective exhibition at Studios on Sheridan, was featured in the Peoria Journal Star Sunday, March 16, 2014.  Thank you to the writer and photographer, Leslie Renken, and to the artists, Veronica Bruce and Gaia Nardie-Warner.

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Paul Komada shows in the Netherlands

See photos of October/November 2013 Backspace artist Paul Komada at a group exhibition in the Netherlands.

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