Exhibition Partnerships

Exhibition Partnerships have many benefits and is essential for MCAC’s programming, contributing greatly to our community. Your name or your business name will be promoted on exhibition announcement postcards and posters, MCAC’s website and Facebook page, press releases, signage on the gallery wall, and year long acknowledgement on the lobby Donor Board. An exhibition video with your name as sponsor may be viewed thousands of times on Facebook, Youtube, and our website. As a not-for-profit organization, Exhibition Partnership contributions, may be fully tax deductible.

The Dawn Gettler video offers a great example of sponsorship participation through a video introduction.

Videos are posted to YouTube and social media and are promoted to expand viewership.  These videos, as you can see below, receive thousands of views.  This recognition expands the acknowledgement of your gift beyond the hundreds of individuals who will see the exhibition during it's run and they serve as a permanent document of your support. 

Exhibitions have hundreds of attendees and exhibition videos have thousands of viewers, meaning your support continues to be impactful for years.

(Above is a sample image, actual views are now higher)

90th Annual McLean County Amateur Art Competition/Exhibition

March 5 - April 22, 2017

Awards Ceremony: Sunday, March 5, 1 - 3 pm

The 90th year of the McLean County Amateur Art Competition/Exhibition

Amateur artists over the age of 18 of McLean County will submit artwork to be juried by a professional artist. Selected works of painting, graphics, photography, and sculpture will be awarded prizes in the categories of High School Student, University Student, and Adult. The Merwin Medal ($300) will be awarded to the most outstanding artwork and the Ashley C. Ritter Most Promising Art Award ($150) to the artwork exhibiting the most future potential.

Brandt Gallery Exhibition Partnerships begin at 

$100 per partner

Nuclear Tourism

Nate Mathews 

April 28 - June 10, 2017

Artist Reception: Friday, May 5, 5 - 7 pm

Nate Mathews has been photographing missile defense sites and fallout shelters built in the 1950’s during the Cold Era across the United States. He states, “My intention with these photographs will be to show the depth in which the government was prepared for an attack, the secretiveness in which bunkers were constructed and hidden in plain sight, and the way these sites function as entertainment for tourists today.”

Nate Mathews is a Chicago based artist who's work explores how inhabitants respond to architecture. He received his M.F.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Northeastern Illinois University.

Armstrong Gallery Exhibition Partnership 

$750 total

Welcome to Hard Times

Vaughn Wascovich 

April 28—June 10, 2017

Artist Reception: Friday, June 9, 5 - 7 pm

Pinhole Camera Workshop: Saturday, June 10, 12 - 3 pm

Vaughn Wascovich uses a pinhole camera to create the initial images of his photographs. The 8 x 20” paper negative exposed in the pinhole camera is developed and then digitally scanned to be printed at various larger sizes. This process allows for the grit and uncertainty of the subject matter of the Northeast Texas landscape to come through– an image of an old land captured using a primitive technique and then contextualized through a contemporary digital technique.

Wascovich is an Associate Professor at Texas A & M University and earned his MFA in Photography at Columbia College in Chicago.


Brandt Gallery Exhibition Partnership 

$1500 total

Heather Brammeier 

June 16—July 29, 2017

Artist Reception: Friday, June 23, 5 – 7 pm

Heather Brammeier creates large scale installations with painted wood, PEX (cross-linked polyethylene), vinyl, and tape. The color vibrations of red and blue stimulate the eye to wander the composition finding pleasure as well as unrest. She states, “The concepts used to explain this optical effect—simultaneous contrast, retinal fatigue, and afterimage—rely on our understanding of struggle to illustrate what are actually chemical reactions occurring in the brain. The concept of desire is utilized as well; we describe the eye as “wanting to rest”, or “wanting to see the opposite color”. A natural connection is made between optical struggle and internal conflict.”

Brammeier is an Associate Professor of Painting at Bradley University in Peoria.

Brandt Gallery Exhibition Partnership 

$1500 total

Cynthia Kukla

June 16—July 29, 2017

Artist Reception: Friday, June 23, 5 – 7 pm

Cynthia Kukla will be exhibiting watercolor and mixed media paintings inspired by classical art. Having traveled extensively in Greece, Thailand, and more, Kukla has studied and drawn on site many ancient and classical statues, temples, and artifacts. Her paintings combine these images with landscape offering contemporary space and contemplation to art created long ago.

Cynthia Kukla is a recently retired Professor at Illinois State University, Normal.


Generously sponsored in part by Edward & Sarah Riehl!

Armstrong Gallery Exhibition Partnership 

$500 remaining

From One Group to Another: A Sense of Purpose

KodaRoamers Camera Club

August 4—September 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 5 – 7 pm

The Bloomington Normal KodaRoamers Camera Club will be exhibiting photographs taken by their members of 10-12 nonprofit, charitable, and community building clubs in McLean County. This demonstration of affiliation between clubs that support and make up our culture will strengthen our common goals as community members. Clubs included may be: American Legion, Boy Scouts, Central Illinois Radio, Habitat for Humanity, International Women’s Club, Lake Run Club, Master Gardeners, McLean County India Association, McLean County Courthouse Quilters, Twin City Cruisers, 4-H, and Young Mens’ Club.

Brandt Gallery Exhibition Partnership 

$1500 total

MCAC Board Members & Staff 

August 4—September 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 5 – 7 pm

McLean County Arts Center Board Members & Staff, past and present, will exhibit their current artwork.

As the non-profit arts agency for McLean County,  the arts center has had many talented artists teach, volunteer, and serve our community. This exhibition will include a diversity of work and demonstrate the commitment and professionalism MCAC has to the arts.


Armstrong Gallery Exhibition Partnership 

$750 total

Rhea Edge

September 8—October 21, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 5 – 7 pm

Art Talk date to be determined


Rhea Edge is passionate about art making, activism, and environmental conservation. Through her painting, drawing, and printmaking, she educates as well as inspires. Edge has traveled the world extensively to study natural habitation of species informing her artistic practice and bringing the beauty of the world to her audience.

Edge is a Professor as well as Chair of Fine and Performing Arts at Eureka College. She earned her BS, MS, and MFA from Illinois State University, Normal.

Generously sponsored by Sandra & Paul Harmon, Alexis & Mike Kalish, and Marlene & Harold Gregor! 

Harold Boyd

September 8—October 21, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 5 – 7 pm

Harold Boyd will be exhibiting current painted drawings and a sculptural tableau installation. A figurative artist, Boyd celebrates narrative through exaggerated gesture and slight abstraction. Pulling from memories of his past youth and observations of children today, the work is playful, imaginative, and intense in shades of black and white.

Harold Boyd is a Professor Emeritus of Illinois State University, Normal.

Generously sponsored by Marlene & Harold Gregor and Sandra & Paul Harmon! 

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