The latest exhibits from the Bloomington-Normal area

Bloomington- Normal

Galleries, museums

Some cultural institutions are open or making plans to reopen under current COVID restrictions. Check with each facility for indoor, online or outdoor programming. Open facilities have face covering, distancing and other guidelines in effect; see websites or call for details.

Angel Ambrose Fine Art Studio; 101 W. Monroe St. Suite 201, Bloomington; Open First Fridays 5-8 p.m. and by appointment; 309-825-4655;

David Davis Mansion; 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington; open for tours, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; by donation;; 309-828-1084.

Eaton Studio Gallery; 411 N. Center St., Bloomington; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays; 5-8 p.m. First Fridays, or by appointment or ring bell;; 309-828-1575.

Illinois Art Station; 101 E. Vernon Ave., Normal; Gallery open Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.;; 309-386-1019.

Inside Out: Accessible Art Gallery & Cooperative; 200 W. Monroe St., Bloomington; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; by appointment Sunday-Tuesday; and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. First Friday;; 309-838-2160.

Jan Brandt Gallery; Normandy Village, 1100 Beach St., Building 8, Normal; by appointment;; 309-287-4700.

Joann Goetzinger Studio and Gallery; 313 N. Main St. Suite A, Bloomington; open first Fridays 5-8 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m., also by appointment; masks and social distancing required; 309-826-1193.

Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection; Turner Hall 126E—ISU Campus, Normal; 12-2 p.m., Tuesday, 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, and 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursday through Dec. 9; also open 1-4 p.m., Nov. 6; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday by appointment.

Main Gallery 404; 404 N. Main St., Bloomington; 12-5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays; By chance or appointment at 309-590-6779.

McLean County Arts Center; 601 N. East St., Bloomington; open; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, 12-4 p.m. Saturday; masks and social distancing required;; 309-829-0011.

McLean County Museum of History; 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sundays, until further notice; reservations at or 309-827-0428;; 309-827-0428.

Merwin and Wakeley Galleries; Illinois Wesleyan University; Bloomington; open; 12-4 p.m., Monday through Friday; 7-9 p.m., Tuesday evening; 1-4 p.m., Saturday through Sunday;; 309-556-3391.

Prairie Aviation Museum; 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; closed for the season; museum opens again April, 1 2023; open Saturdays and Sundays;; 309-663-7632.

University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal; open; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday; 309-438-5487;

Central Illinois

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield; advance reservation required; adults $15, seniors $12, under 5 free;; 217-558-8844.

Art Center at Greater Livingston County Arts Council; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; 209 W. Madison St., Pontiac;; 815-419-2472.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria; Riverfront Arts Center, 305 S.W. Water St., Peoria; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday;; 309-674-6822.

Dickson Mounds Museum; 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown; open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; free;; 309-547-3721.

Illinois State Museum; 502 S. Spring St., Springfield; open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; Monday-Friday, free;; 217-782-7386.

Lincoln Heritage Museum; Lincoln Center at Lincoln College, 300 Keokuk St., Lincoln; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1-4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sundays, Mondays and on Lincoln College breaks; $4-7;; 217-735-7399.

Peoria Art Guild; 203 Harrison St., Peoria; open; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday or by appointment;; 309-637-2787.

Peoria Riverfront Museum; downtown riverfront Peoria; open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday and Friday; 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday; adults $11, seniors, students $10, ages 3-17 $9;; 309-686-7000.

Simpkins Military History Museum; 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth; Closed Nov. 15 through March 2, 2023. Free admission (donations accepted); Private tours, call first; 309-319-3413;; Open House, 1-5 p.m., Saturday, March 18, marking 63 years of collecting military items.

Time Gallery; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday; Closed Sunday; Clock Tower Place Building, 201 Clock Tower Drive, East Peoria; 309-467-2331.

U of I Krannert Art Museum; 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign; open; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; Thursdays until 8 p.m. when classes are in session; closed Sunday and Monday;; 217-333-1861.


“Mars”; Experience Gallery; through Spring 2023; “American Revolutionaries: Art & Distribution”; Gallery 1; through Spring 2023; “Archibald Motley’s Bronzeville at Night”; Owens Gallery, through March 2023; “Nathan Gunn: The Art of Opera”; through Spring 2023; “Marks by Modern Masters: Selections from the Heintzman Collection”; through summer 2023; Peoria Riverfront Museum.

“Climate Change in Your Back Yard”; first floor Hot Science Gallery; through April 22; Illinois State Museum.

“Philip Juras: The Long View”; lower level gallery; through Feb. 5; Dickson Mounds Museum.

“Play of Color”; through Feb. 10; Lois Jett Historic Costume Collection.

“The work of Kathy Sherman and Sharon Sommers”; through the end of March 2023; Time Gallery.

“Journeys”; David Gregory; January 2023; Peoria Art Guild.

“Harold Boyd & Rhea Edge: Lost Lore”; through -Feb. 18; “Rhead Edge & Harold Boyd: Printmakers”; through Feb. 18; Contemporary Art Center of Peoria.

“Well-Designed Beauty: Trade, Technology, and Decorative Arts”; through May 23. Krannert Art Museum.

“Botanica Imaginaria”; Jan Brandt; through Feb. 5; Water Street Studios.

“Richard Decorie”; Dolan Gallery; through Feb. 28; “One White Pencil”; Matt Jagitsch; Armstrong Gallery; through eb. 28; McLean County Arts Center.

“Avantika Bawa: simplenothingsimplesomething”; through March 3; “Anna Von Mertens: Glass, Metal, Thread: Building Our Observable World”; through April 2; “Wolf’s Clothing: Imagism from the Collection”; through -April 2; University Galleries. 

“deLight: Digital Motion Storybooks”; Joshua Lowe; Jan. 23-March 1; Merwin Gallery.

“Incomplete and an Earlier Version”; Santiago Cal; Jan. 23-March 1; Wakeley Gallery.

“Rest Lab”; Jan. 24-Feb. 11; Main Level, Contemporary Gallery; Krannert Art Museum. 

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