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Bloomington – Normal

Galleries, museums

Some cultural institutions are open or planning to reopen under current COVID restrictions. Check with any facility for in-house, online or outside programming. Outdoor facilities have face coverings, distancing and other guidelines in place; see websites or call for details.

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

Estate of David Davis; 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington; open for tours, 9am-3:30pm Wed-Sat; by donation; daviddavismansion.org; 309-828-1084.

Eaton Studio Gallery; 411 N. Center St., Bloomington; 10:00-14:00 Saturday; 17-20:00 First Friday, or by appointment or bell; eatonstudiogallery.com; 309-828-1575.

The Hangar Art Co.; 105 W. Jefferson St., Bloomington; 10:00-18:00, Wednesday to Saturday; hangart.com; 309-319-8672.

Illinois Art Station; 101 E. Vernon Ave., Normal; The gallery is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; illinoisartstation.org; 309-386-1019.

Inside Out: Accessible Art Gallery and Co-op; 200 W. Monroe St., Bloomington; 10:00-18:00 Wednesday-Friday; Saturday 8am-2pm; by appointment Sunday-Tuesday; and 10:00-20:00 First Friday; insideoutartcoop.org; 309-838-2160.

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

Joan Götzinger Studio and Gallery; 313 N. Main St. Suite A, Bloomington; open first Friday 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm, also by appointment; mandatory masks and social distancing; 309-826-1193.

Lois Jett Historical Costume Collection; Turner Hall 126E—ISU Campus, Normal; 12-2pm Tuesday, 2-4pm Wednesday and 10am-12pm Thursday until December 9; also open 1-4 p.m. Nov. 6; 8:30 – 16:30, Monday by appointment.

Main Gallery 404; 404 N. Main St., Bloomington; 12-5pm Thursday, Friday; 10:00-14:00, Saturday; Random or by appointment at 309-590-6779.

McLean County Arts Center; 601 N. East St., Bloomington; open; 10:00-17:00 Monday-Friday, 10:00-19:00 Tuesday, 12-16:00 Saturday; mandatory masks and social distancing; mcac.org; 309-829-0011.

McLean County Historical Museum; 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; 9am-8pm Tuesday; 9:00-17:00 Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday, until further notice; reservations at [email protected] or 309-827-0428; mchistory.org; 309-827-0428.

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

Prairie Aviation Museum; 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; closed for the season; the museum reopens on April 1, 2023; open Saturday and Sunday; prairieaviationmuseum.org; 309-663-7632.

University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal; open; 9:30 – 17:00 Monday – Thursday, 9:30 – 20:00 Friday, noon – 16:00 Saturday, Sunday; 309-438-5487; galleries.illinoisstate.edu/about/visit/.

Central Illinois

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

Art Center at the Arts Council of Livingston County; 10:00-17:00 Monday-Friday; 10:00-16:00 Saturday; noon-4pm Sunday; 209 W. Madison St., Pontiac; pcartcenter.com; 815-419-2472.

Peoria Center for Contemporary Art; Riverfront Arts Center, 305 SW Water St., Peoria; 11:00-17:00 Tuesday-Saturday; peoriacac.org; 309-674-6822.

Dixon Mounds Museum; 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown; open, 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday; Free; illinoisstatemuseum.org; 309-547-3721.

Illinois State Museum; 502 S. Spring St., Springfield; open, 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday; Monday-Friday, free; illinoisstatemuseum.org; 217-782-7386.

Lincoln Heritage Museum; Lincoln Center at Lincoln College, 300 Keokuk St., Lincoln; 9:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Friday; 1-4pm Saturday, closed Sunday, Monday and Lincoln College holidays; $4-7; museum.lincolncollege.edu; 217-735-7399.

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

Peoria Riverfront Museum; downtown coastal Peoria; open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Friday; 9am-6.30pm, Tuesday-Thursday; 9am-2pm Saturday; and closed Sunday; seniors $11, seniors, students $10, ages 3-17 $9; peoriariverfrontmuseum.org; 309-686-7000.

Simpkins Museum of Military History; 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth; Closed November 15 to March 2, 2023. Admission free (donations accepted); Private tours, call first; 309-319-3413; [email protected]; Open Day, 1-5pm, Saturday 18 March, commemorating 63 years of collecting military artefacts.

Time Gallery; 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday; Day off 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; 10:00-16:00 Tuesday-Saturday; Thursday until 20:00 when there are classes; closed Sunday and Monday; kam.illinois.edu; 217-333-1861.


“Mars”; Experience Gallery; by spring 2023; “American Revolutionaries: Art and Circulation”; Gallery 1; by spring 2023; Archibald Motley’s Bronzeville by Night; Owens Gallery, through March 2023; “Nathan Gunn: The Art of Opera”; by spring 2023; “Marks by Modern Masters: Selected from the Heinzmann Collection”; in the summer of 2023; Peoria Riverfront Museum.

“Climate Change in Your Backyard”; first floor Hot Science Gallery; until April 22; Illinois State Museum.

“The Work of Cathy Sherman and Sharon Somers”; until the end of March 2023; Gallery of Time.

“Well-Designed Beauty: Commerce, Technology, and the Decorative Arts”; until May 23; “Model and Process”; until December 22; West Gallery and Light Court; “Shozo Sato’s Ink Wash”; until December 22; Main Level, Contemporary Gallery; “Voices of the Latin American Community”; March 23-May 24; lower level, classroom hood; Krannert Museum of Art.

“Anna von Mertens: Glass, Metal, Thread: Constructing Our Visible World”; until April 2; “Wolf’s Clothing: Imagism from the Collection”; until April 2; University Galleries.

“38th Annual Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition”; until March 31; Art Guild of Peoria.

“Manneken Press Artists”; until April 14; “Hattie Lee: Joy Intertwined”; until April 7; Peoria Center for Contemporary Art.

“Amateur Exhibition”; Lisa Bergant, Armstong Gallery; Shay Grehan, Dolan Gallery; until April 20; McLean County Arts Center.

“Here I Lived: Home in Illinois”; March 23-Jan. 21, 2023; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

A wall of signatures near the green room at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

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