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Meet the Artist . . .

Daniel Botkin studied art at Illinois Central College and Illinois State University and graduated with a B.S. in Art. In September 1995, he began renting studio space at the Checkered Raven Gallery (later renamed Contemporary Art Center) in Peoria, IL, and at that time began working and exhibiting in galleries.  Since then, he has exhibited his work in juried competitions and galleries across the nation, has been the recipient of 8 awards and 2 grants, and has had his work featured in 5 magazines.  Places where his work has been exhibited include the Davenport (Iowa) Museum of Art, the Fraser Gallery in Georgetown, the Russell Senate Building, and the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. He has also completed 3 comic books, which are in the archives of the Graphic Novels Collection at Columbia University, NY, and has recorded 3  CDs of his music.



> Artist-in-Residence at Checkered Raven Gallery/Contemporary Art Center September 1995-January 2004


> Opened and Operated Gates of Eden Gallery & Studio 2004-2016

> Winner of 9 Awards & 2 Grants:

  • Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL, juror's award, August 2017

  • South Bend Heritage Foundation, South Bend, IN, juror's cash award, July 2017

  • Zimmy's Dylan Days, Hibbing, MN, 1st place cash award, May 2012

  • Concordia University, Austin, TX, "Arte Sagrado" purchase award, May 2006

  • Quad City Arts, Rock Island, IL, 2nd place cash award, March 2006

  • Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ, $800 grant, April 2003

  • South Bend Heritage Foundation, South Bend, IN, juror's cash award, March 2001

  • Freight House Gallery, El Paso, IL, viewers' choice award, January 2001

  • Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ, $1000 grant, February 2000

  • Art Calendar magazine's National Juried Centerfold Competition, May 1999, 1 of 20 winners

  • Rutherford Institute International Graphic Contest, Washington, DC, 1st place award and Honorable Mention Award, 1997


> 20 solo exhibitions


> Work accepted in approximately 50 juried competitions and more than 30
non-juried group exhibitions


> Artwork featured in 5 magazines:

  • The Community (September 2003)

  • Christianity and the Arts (August 2000)

  • Eventure! (October 1999)

  • Art Calendar (July-August 1999)

  • Christianity Today (October 1997)


> 3 comic books in Graphic Novels Collection at Columbia University, NY:

  • Reverend Twistruth & His Disciples (2001, 80 pages)

  • Reverend Twistruth Volume 2 (2014, 100 pages)

  • From the Cradle to the Pulpit: The Reverend Twistruth Prequel (2015, 135 pages)


> 3 CDs of music by Daniel Botkin, professionally recorded at Mirror Image Studio, Peoria, IL. All but a few of the songs written by Daniel Botkin:

  • The Sand and The Stars (2006, 13 songs)

  • Babylon is Fallen (2008, 10 songs)

  • Once in a Lifetime, Once in Eternity (2013, 15 songs).

Hear samples of music at:

Daniel Botkin is also a Bible teacher and author.
To learn more about this aspect of his work, visit his website GatesofEden.Online.

Contact Daniel Botkin

P.O. Box 2257

East Peoria, IL 61611-0257

Tel: 309-698-9467

No phone calls, please, between sunset Friday and sunset Saturday (Central Standard Time)

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