Upcoming Exhibitions 


Upcoming Events

    • June 11, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • July 16, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Brandt Gallery



    June 11 - July 16, 2021

    Closing Reception Friday, July 16

    For her most recent body of work, Susan Emmerson’s imagery is that of creating and destroying; of depicting the horrible violence that natural storms, worsened by human mistakes, can do to our structural environment and to our fellow humans. Her wall sculptures depict disheveled, broken surfaces where Tyvek painfully peels away like paint or skin, exposing a raw inner core. Everyday objects become precious; she uses their bits and pieces as signifiers of the lost reassurance of a safe and intact home. Her work exists in the space between image and object; between the picture and the palpable. The drawings she makes are meditative renderings of the ridiculous and horrifying scope of the violent destruction of our now insecure world. They serve to present a different aspect of the question of what a home is and what happens to our human spirit when the physical safety of home is destroyed.

    Specifically feeble and precisely precarious, Lisa Walcott’s work translates elements of daily life. Moods, guilt, sensations, monotony, accumulation and change are given bodies in objects and movement. Spaces of the mind are realized in physical form and daydreams animated. Up close and in combination they begin to represent the fluidity and contradictions of the everyday. The task of locating and giving form to shapeless sensations like presence, agitation or what it feels like to be full after eating will eventually fail because these feelings can never quite be manifested. However, there is often something more desirable in the always-absent compared to the attainable. The attempt to find shape and materiality for these abstract ideas involves collecting, combining, squinting, and meandering forward. The works are as energetic as they are visual—agitation buzzes overhead as a housefly and presence unexpectedly gurgles from an unknown space. In many cases, the objects feel essential, like they couldn’t be anything besides what they are—their physicality is vital for them hold their position and their essence is what the work is about. There is a sense of balance that is on the verge of being lost as joints are precarious and elements within the pieces are codependent—everything has a place for now.



    • July 23, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 27, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Armstrong Gallery

    July 23 - August 27, 2021

    Kellie Klein is a photographic artist living in the Chicago area. She received her BA in Photography from Southern Illinois University and her MA in Photography from Columbia College. For the past 30 years, Klein has been creating photographs that blur reality and question perception. She works in traditional and digital photography, as well as the 19th Century processes of cyanotype, Vandyke, and gum bichromate printing.

    Meditations on Water is a study of the universal temperament of water, as well as the environmental effects of light, color, and perception. My belief in the restorative power of water, informs and inspires my work. The images are also influenced by my interest in the sublime aspects of nature. The elements of nature that consistently remind me there is always something else, much greater than oneself.

    • July 23, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 27, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Dolan Gallery

    July 23 - August 27, 2021

    Jenni Bateman's lyrical watercolors provide a visual narrative of the industrial revolution along the Illinois River – specifically, “Smokestacks”, and their impact on the central Illinois landscape.

    • July 23, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Brandt Gallery

    July 23 - August 27, 2021
    Reception: Friday, July 23, 5-7 PM

    The Central Illinois Artists Organization serves its community by providing a cohesive, congenial group who promote the advancement of the arts through arts education in the Central Illinois area. Bringing together those who share an interest in the fine arts, and fostering an atmosphere of camaraderie among our artists and their patrons is the sole purpose of Central Illinois Artists Organization.

    This juried group exhibition will feature the work of CIAO members.


    • September 10, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Brandt Gallery

    September 3 - October 15, 2021
    Reception: Friday, September 10, 5-7 PM

    Sponsored by: Lynn & Patricia E. Webber

    Herb Eaton received an MFA in sculpture and drawing from Illinois State University in 1984. He has worked as a carpenter, instructor, museum designer, preparator, toy designer and manufacturer, a co-founder of the Children’s Discovery Museum, and a musician.

    Buddy Plumlee received a BFA from Illinois State University in 1989 and an MS in painting and drawing from ISU in 1991. He is the owner of BPS Artisans, a member of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission since 2011, and a decorative finishing/mural painter.

    • September 10, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Armstrong Gallery

    September 3 - October 15, 2021
    Reception: Friday, September 10, 5-7 PM

    Kevin Strandberg is a professor emeritus of art, having taught sculpture and photography at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1979 to 2018. He received his MFA from UW-Milwaukee in 1979.


    • September 10, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Dolan Gallery

    September 3 - October 15, 2021
    Reception: Friday, September 10, 5-7 PM

    An exhibition featuring the work of McLean County Arts Center students in the Ocher Gallery.

    • November 04, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • All Galleries

    November 4 - December 31, 2021
    Reception: Thursday, November 4, 5-8 PM

    Holiday Treasures is the McLean County Arts Center’s annual exhibition for the gift-giving season. More than sixty locally and nationally known artists participate, featuring painting, glass, ceramics, photography, fibers, jewelry, and seasonal gifts.




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