Lydia Moss Bradley

Portrait by Connie Andrews

An astute business person, investor and landowner, Lydia Moss Bradley (1816-1908) became one of the wealthiest women in America and was generous in her giving, always encouraging improvement to benefit the Peoria community. Her donations helped create Saint Francis Hospital, Laura Bradley Park, the Peoria Park District and many other Peoria institutions — but her crowning achievement was founding Bradley University, which was co-ed, non-sectarian, and did not discriminate against creed, race or nationality. Every year, thousands of young graduates carry forth her legacy, while her investment in Peoria’s parks, churches, homes and institutions are still going strong today.

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About the Mural Artist

Paintings that tell a story or inspire a story from the viewer are the type that Connie Andrews enjoys creating. Her oil paintings are full of movement and motion. They portray the passage of time, whether that be a few moments or years passing by. Andrews has become sought after in recent years to create commissioned paintings and sculptures in the private and public sector. She also teaches sculpture and painting in her home studio in Morton, Illinois. Her realistic and artistic rendition of real people in real situations has helped her create a well-known and respected name for herself in central Illinois. Recent highlights of her career: A project in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which has gained national attention from Smithsonian Magazine and other media, is a larger-than-life sculpture she was chosen to paint, inspired by the American Gothic painting of a farmer and his daughter, by Grant Wood; she was one of the first 5 artists, out of over 160, chosen for the first Sky Art Peoria competition that awards a yearlong spot on a billboard in downtown Peoria; she was recently commissioned by the city of Peoria to create a painting that is now prominently displayed in its sister city of Friedrichshafen, Germany.


About the Augmented Reality Performing Artist

Trisha Triff Noack is a native Peorian from a Bradley University legacy family. Her parents met at Bradley when her father, attending under the GI Bill after WWII, enrolled in an art class taught by her mother. Trisha completed both an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree from Bradley and spent the beginning of her career as a copywriter. She went on to manage public relations for several organizations including the non-profit La Leche League International, the Peoria Housing Authority, and the Peoria Public Library. Now retired, Trisha serves as a Trustee of the Peoria Historical Society, a volunteer docent, at John C. Flanagan House Museum, and writes scripts for the Trinity Lutheran Church children’s YouTube channel. She also enjoys participating in living history groups and events representing historic American eras from 1776 to WWI, recreating authentic clothing and accessories for herself and her family to bring history to life. She enjoys the company of her rescued Redbone Coonhound, her three daughters, their husbands, and her grandchildren.