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The first space in Chicago dedicated solely to the art of poetry, the Poetry Foundation building realizes Harriet Monroe’s dream, set out in her very first editorial, that Poetry magazine would help poets pursue their art, increase public interest in poetry, and raise poetry’s profile in our culture. It also is Poetry’s first permanent home in its 100-year history. Designed by the Chicago firm John Ronan Architects, the building helps the Foundation to carry out its mission: to discover and celebrate the best poetry and place it before the largest possible audience. The facility includes a 30,000-volume poetry library, an exhibition gallery, a performance space for the Foundation's extensive roster of public events and the Poetry Foundation's programming offices, including those of Poetry magazine.
JMC Design offers a distinctive selection of local artisans works, fair trade merchandise and essential oils. Some of the items offered are pottery, wall art, jewelry, bird houses and so much more. Unique gifts for all ages. Hours of operation are Wednesday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Harold Gregor Gallery features the paintings of artist Harold Gregor in four modes: realist panoramas, colorful aerial flatscapes, energetic abstract "trail" paintings and vibrascapes.
Eaton Studio & Gallery exhibits and sells the work of local artist Herb Eaton in a 1902 historic building in downtown Bloomington. The paintings, sculptures and drawings reflect the artist's interest in the local rivers, cornfields, gardens, circus, and music scenes. The Gallery hosts art salons, jazz and acoustic musical and theatrical events and sponsors cultural discussions focused on local community interests. Open most Saturdays 10am-2pm, by appointment, special events, and during 1st Fridays 5-8pm.
University Galleries of Illinois State University features both emerging and established artists, often those whose work has not been previously presented in a comprehensive manner. University Galleries is open year-round: daily throughout the academic year and Monday-Saturday during the summer. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the general public. Please call to schedule a special tour for your class or community group.
A studio and gallery showing the art of Joann Goetzinger. Located in the heart of Downtown Bloomington, the gallery features many of Joann's exhibits made of wood, metalworking sculpture and newer to the gallery is her paintings.
The Merwin and Wakeley Galleries provide exhibition schedules that support Illinois Weseyln University's curriculum, the University community and the general public. Each exhibition, consisting of contemporary artworks in all media, is meant to suggest the variety of visual approaches one may choose to present an idea.
You will find a large selection of paintings, gift items, prints, and cards that feature Angel's unique ability to capture unseen concepts and make them visually consumable. She often paints lyrical landscapes using evocative color to allude to idyllic beauty. Writing and speaking developed out of her deep desire to communicate. Speaking is a natural overflow of Angel's passion to communicate, utilizing both her visual vocabulary and words.
Accessible Art Gallery supports the arts, with an emphasis on the visual, through the provision of a venue for promoting, exhibiting, experiencing, marketing and creating diverse, high quality art and through participation in the local community.
Alto Clay Work is the studio home of Stephen Grimmer. The pottery showroom is open Friday-Sunday, Noon to 5PM during Spring, Summer, and Autumn, and other times by appointment and by chance. Also offers ceramics classes for adults and children, resident artist studios, and a gallery for occasional exhibitions.
Established in April of 2008, Main Gallery 404 provides downtown location for many local artists to display and sell fine artwork and gifts. The Bloomington-Normal area is rich with talented artists. MG 404 gives these artists the much needed opportunity to make his or her work visible
Functional stoneware is the main objective at Kickapoo Pottery. All pieces are handthrown on the potters wheel, lead free, oven and microwave safe.
At Merlot and a Masterpiece you will find a casual, fun, creative environment where you can relax, imagine, create, laugh and go home with memorable and unique canvas art! Our fun and carefree instructors will facilitate the class and guide you in creating your own work of art. At Merlot and a Masterpiece you will find a casual, fun, creative environment where you can relax, imagine, create, laugh and go home with memorable and unique canvas art! Our fun and carefree instructors will facilitate the class and guide you in creating your own work of art.
Professionally guided photography tours of the tri-state area. Printing/framing services available. Studio gallery displaying photographs by Henry Matthiessen, III.
Celebrating regional art in its many forms: special exhibits, performances, regional artwork gallery, photography from the historic Alfie Mueller collection.
NIU Art Museum’s mission is to service the arts curriculum at NIU and to extend arts education and cultural enrichment to the community. The Museum has a permanent collection of 1,000 art pieces and also hosts visiting exhibitions. The Jack Olson Gallery is “the cornerstone of exhibition programming” that is promoted by NIU School of Art. This exhibit space brings thought provoking exhibitions to the northern Illinois community while also offering faculty and students a space to showcase their latest creative endeavors.
A retail gallery specializing in original art and fine craft from more than 100 U.S. artists.
A museum gallery featuring theme-based exhibits of works created by past and contemporary Illinois artist and artisans. Less than 1 mile southeast of Rend Lake.
A community-oriented, not-for-profit cooperative that promotes fine art photography through exhibitions, critiques, workshops and outreach activities. The gallery represents the work of fine art photographers from the area, and sponsors LENS, an international, juried photography show on an annual basis.
The main source for information about McLean County’s historic and modern attractions in the Bloomington-Normal area is the "Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66" Visitors Center. Located in Downtown Bloomington, the Visitors Center provides information on all of the wonderful attractions, events, dining and lodging available in McLean County. Their exhibits highlight two types of heritage tourism that is integral to Central Illinois: Historic Route 66 and Abraham Lincoln. The gift shop is filled with local products, memorabilia and more!
If These Walls Could Talk in Downtown Aurora not only provides 100% archival quality framing services their shop acts as an art gallery for visitors to enjoy, buy, and sell their art. A regular venue for Downtown Aurora's First Friday event.
One of a kind and handmade items fill the gallery. Find yourself strolling among pottery, jewelry and beautiful photography. You can find your favorite goodies with a selection of chocolates, jellies and butters and more. 85% of items sold are from artisans in the county.
Enjoy a variety of permanent collections and exhibits from September - May each year. Permanent collections include early Mississippian and Native American pottery and the Miriam Cowgur Allen Doll Collection. Art classes and workshops available. Historic building built in 1880. Kelly Gross, gallery director.