Bloomington-Normal Area’s Latest Exhibits


Galleries, museums

Some cultural institutions are open or considering reopening 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 Arts Studio; 101 W. Monroe St. Suite 201, Bloomington; Open on first Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and by appointment; 309-825-4655;

David Davis Mansion; 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington; open for tours, 9 am-3:30 pm Wed-Sat. ; groups of 10 people or less; $10 per person; $100 minimum;; 309-828-1084.

Eaton Studio Gallery; 411 N. Center St., Bloomington; 10am-2pm on Saturday; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Fridays, or by appointment or ring the bell;; 309-828-1575.

Illinois Art Station; 101 E. Vernon Avenue, Normal; Gallery open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;; 309-386-1019.

Upside down: accessible art gallery and cooperative; 200 W. Monroe St., Bloomington; 10am-6pm Wednesday to Friday; Saturday 8am-2pm; by appointment Sunday-Tuesday; and 10am-8pm first Friday;; 309-838-2160.

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

the Joann Goetzinger studio and gallery; 313 N. Main St. Suite A, Bloomington; open first Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., also by appointment; mandatory masks and social distancing; 309-826-1193.

Main Gallery 404; 404 N. Main St., Bloomington; 12pm-5pm Thursdays, Fridays; 10am-2pm, Saturday; By chance or by appointment at 309-590-6779.

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

McLean County History Museum; 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; 9am-8pm Tuesday; 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday; closed on Sundays, until further notice; reservations at [email protected] or 309-827-0428;; 309-827-0428.

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

Prairie Aviation Museum; 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; opens April 2; hours 11am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays;; 309-663-7632.

Illinois State University Academic Galleries, Normal; open; 9.30am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 9.30am-8pm Friday, 12pm-4pm Saturday, Sunday; 309-438-5487;

Central Illinois

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

Greater Livingston County Council Arts Center; 10am-5pm Monday to Friday; 10am-4pm Saturday; 12pm-4pm Sunday; 209 Madison Street West, Pontiac;; 815-419-2472.

Peoria Center for Contemporary Art; Riverfront Arts Center, 305 SW Water St., Peoria; 11am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday;; 309-674-6822.

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

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

Lincoln Heritage Museum; Lincoln Center at Lincoln College, 300 Keokuk St., Lincoln; 9am-4pm Tuesday to Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday, Monday and Lincoln College breaks; $4-7;; 217-735-7399.

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

Peoria Riverside Museum; the riverfront of downtown Peoria; open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday; 9am-2pm Saturday; and closed on Sunday; adults $11, seniors, students $10, ages 3-17 $9;; 309-686-7000.

Simpkins Military History Museum; 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth; Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Free admission (donations accepted); Private tours, call first; 309-319-3413; Doors open, 1-5 p.m., March 19, marking 63 years of collecting military items.

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

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


“Andy Warhol: Endangered Species”; Owens Gallery; until December 11; “March”; Experience Gallery; Oct. 7-Spring 2023; “American Revolutionaries: Art and Distribution”; Gallery 1; until spring 2023; “Archibald Motley’s Bronzeville at Night”; Owens Gallery, until March 2023; Peoria Riverside Museum.

“Survival Stories; Object. Image. Memory.” ; until January 22, 2023; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

“2022 Tribute to Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan War”; until November 12; Simpkins Military History Museum.

“Climate Change in Your Backyard”; Hot Science Gallery on the first floor; until April 22, 2023; Illinois State Museum.

“Nazafarin Lotfi: A garden to build”; until October 16; “Jess T. Dugan: I want you to know my story”; until October 16; University Galleries.

“Mentor and Student”; Brandt Gallery; “Alfonzo Gosalbez Berenguer”; Armstrong Gallery; “THE WOMEN WHO PAINT”; Paula McCarty; Dolan Gallery; throughout October 21; McLean County Center for the Arts.

“Design/Development/Process: 32 years of Scenography and related professions”; by Curtis C. Trout; until October 13; Mervin Gallery.

“The Power of Place: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition”; until October 13; Wakeley Gallery.

“Midwest”; group exhibition; Oct. 13-Nov. 4; Lincoln Institute of the Arts.

James C. Tibbs