The Cedarhurst campus boasts the Mitchell Museum building which features four art gallery spaces, the Beck Family Education Center, a Performance Hall, Cedarhurst’s Gift Shop, and Shrode Art Center. The 90-acre Cedarhurst estate is an outdoor sculpture park gallery with 50+ contemporary works by national and regional artists. A lake plus woods and trails throughout the grounds blend art and nature to enhance the visitor experience.
Museum exhibitions at Cedarhurst feature a unique mix of artists and media giving visitors the opportunity to experience amazing art. National and regional artists are often featured in solo and group shows as well as annual art competition exhibitions.
Thursday Night Live! is an exciting opportunity for visitors to experience Cedarhurst during the summer months as the museum and grounds remain open until 8 p.m. each Thursday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. TNL is open to the public and each week features family-fun art programming, guest artist talks, and live music! Beer, wine and food concessions are part of the Thursday Night Live fun!
One of the most popular events at Cedarhurst is the annual Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair, celebrating 42 years this September. The two-day juried craft fair, featuring over 100 artists, is an outdoor event held on the grounds at Cedarhurst the weekend after Labor Day (September 8 & 9). Visitors to the Fair enjoy entertainment, food, and beautiful custom art during Art & Craft Fair weekend.
During the August 4 and 5 Southern Illinois "Open Doors" weekend we welcome visitors to Mt. Vernon and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts for a unique art and nature experience.
The Main Gallery exhibit featured on this weekend will be "The Legacy of Marejon Sue Shrode". The exhibition will be a retrospective of the professional life of local artist Sue Shrode who spent several years in California alongside many notable ceramic artists.
Handmade quilts will be featured in the other three indoor galleries. Cedarhurst has a very active Quilter's guild that contributes works to be exhibited each year.
A visit to Cedarhurst would not be complete without a stroll through the outdoor gallery. In addition to the unique 50+ sculptures on the campus, visitors are encouraged to walk the grounds and wooded trails and enjoy floating sculpture on the Cedarhurst lake.