1964 – 1968Forest View High School, Arlington Heights, Illinois; student of William Faust and John L. Doyle
1968 – 1972: Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois; noted professors: Gerald Fromberg, James Hansen, Richard Huntington, Ron Linden, Dow Mitchell, Karl Moehl, Kim Mosley, Nita Sunderland; guest artist, Minor White
1972: University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign; Graduate Level Photography Course, Art Sinsabaugh
1976: Illinois Central College ; student of James Winn, Watercolor
2018: Elizabeth Davis Studio/Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, Illinois; encaustic
2018: Stephen Prince Workshop/Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, Illinois; monotype printing
Illinois and Iowa
Northern California to Eugene, Oregon
Novato, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Los Angeles and coastal areas, California
Rome, Florence and Tuscany, Italy
Paris and Nantes, France
January 1979: Artistudio Group Show, Framin' Place and Gallery, Peoria Heights, Illnois
February 1979: Graduate School Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois (solo)
April 1979: Selected Works from the Sales/Rental Gallery, Lakeview Museum of Art and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois
October 1979: Artistudio Group Show, various locations, Peoria, Illinois
July 2008: Picture This Gallery, Peoria Heights, Illinois (solo)
July 7-27, 2018: Visual Voices: CIAO Group Show, Peoria Public Library, Peoria, Illinois
October 1-November 15, 2018: Local Inspiration, Exhibit A Gallery, Peoria Heights, Illinois
March 9-April 20, 2018: CIAO Celebrates at CAC, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, Illinois
September 7–29, 2018: Hot CIAO V, Studios on Sheridan, Peoria, Illinois
April 12-May4, 2019: River Meets the Rails, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, Illinois
May 3-31, 2019: 2019 Member Show 12x12, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Illinois
Armstrong/Musaro/Ernst, private gallery show, Peoria, Illinois; Huntington, New York; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Boston, Massachusetts
Springfield Women Photographers, Lakeview Museum of Art and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois
University of Illinois/UC
Sharon and John Amdall
Jane and Brad Boswell
George Ann and Chester Danehower
Pam and Perry Johnson
Nancy and Jay C. Harms
Doug and Eileen Leunig
Judith Musaro Lichter
Oliver and Beth Mack
Barbara and Michael McCabe
Kathy and Leo Oberto
Michele and Joe Richey
Bernadette and Michael Shekelton
Kim Brooks-Miller Sink and Stephan Sink
Artistudio, Peoria, Illinois
2018: Third Place, Hot CIAO V, Studios on Sheridan, Peoria, Illinois
2019: Honorable Mention, 2019 Member Show 12 x 12, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Illinois: My Room
1972-1973: Activity Therapist, St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Illinois
1977-1980: Curator of Education, Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois
1982-1984: Public Relations Director, Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, Illinois
Duffy grew up in the Chicago area and first found her first passion in music. She studied and trained in classical music and at age 12, discovered her fear of performing in front of large audiences. Yikes! That experience led her to other pursuits in the arts where her interest shifted to Fine Art.
Duffy went on to study art and earned a BFA from Bradley University, focusing on drawing, printmaking and photography. While at Bradley, she received encouragement and critiques from a visiting artist, Minor White, which it turns out helped spurn a lifelong interest and “love” of art which continues today.
She has many other artists that have significantly and personally guided her art; Kim Mosley, Dow Mitchell, Nita Sunderland, Art Sinsabaugh, Luther Smith and Francois Deschamps to credit a few.
Involved in the initial process of creating and bring the Fine Art Fair to downtown Peoria which is viewed as one of the top shows in the U.S. today.
Worked doing commercial silk screening at Muir Omnigraphics.
In 1996 she helped found the Friends of Art in order to establish Cradle Oak Press, the art department master print program. John Chamberlain, Philip Pearlstein, Hollis Sigler, Carol Wax, Wayne Kimball, Warrington Colescott, Susan Sensemann, Leonard Baskin, Robert Natkin and other renowned artists worked with Oscar Gillespie and the Friends in intimate gatherings to share their work, ideas and to help the Friends develop as fine art collectors.
Curator for the Sculpture Walk Peoria for 2015, 2016 and 2017.