Speed Painter Michael Israel to Give Presentation at ICC August 29
Acclaimed artist, humanitarian in area to promote October appearance at Peoria Promise anniversary gala
World-renowned speed painter Michael Israel will give a presentation about his craft at Illinois Central College on August 29 from 2 to 2:45 pm in Room 212 C/D, located in the Academic Building on the East Peoria Campus.
Israel, a popular American artist, entertainer, speaker and humanitarian famous for his speed painting performances, will discuss his technique and other aspects of his work. He has used his skills to inspire compassion and support for many charities, including the Special Olympics, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Israel’s visit to ICC takes place as he is in the area to promote his performance at the Peoria Promise 10-year anniversary gala on October 13. While in Peoria, Peoria Promise contacted ICC about Israel appearing at the college to share his story and experience with up and coming artists and students.
His paintings have sold for as much as $250,000, a testament to the emotional and inspirational power of his art.
Israel credits his training in martial arts. He was obsessed with them as a child and became a national black belt by age 16. The young boy who began painting at age 2 now completes paintings in minutes. He has shared the limelight with celebrities, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and world leaders alike, painting at prestigious venues including Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, the Olympic Medals stage in Salt Lake with Brooks & Dunn, the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting with Warren Buffett and presidential events in Washington, DC.
The mission of Peoria Promise is to build a more skilled workforce for Peoria by providing tuition assistance from 50% – 100% to City of Peoria high school graduates to attend ICC. Peoria Promise is 100% donor funded with no local, state or federal taxes collected to support this program.
More information will be available to media at the Peoria Promise Press conference to be held Wed., August 29 at 10 am at the Peoria Civic Center 4th floor landing.
Israel’s presentation at ICC is being coordinated by the ICC Art Program, part of the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.
For more information about Israel’s presentation at ICC, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Arts and Behavioral Sciences Department at (309) 694-5113.