Thanks to many supporters, we are looking good financially for September. However, the months ahead will likely be lean, so please keep us mind if you have not yet made your special donation this year. Steps you can take to ensure the Contemporary Art Center continues to thrive include: promote vaccination, obtaining or renewing your membership, attending an event and buying art. Also, take advantage of your company’s matching gift program matching. We are especially grateful for the Caterpillar’s Matching Gift Program!

If you are planning a visit, plan to bring a friend along. Please comply with the state mask mandate and wear a mask while on the premises.

Live at the Five Spot

Live at the Five Spot

Weekly Concert Series

Live at the Five Spot is the Contemporary Art Center’s bi-monthly Friday night music event featuring the best regional talent read more

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Current Artists

Our art exhibitions feature the work of living, innovative artists at the forefront of their fields. We mostly focus on Illinois artists in three art galleries. read more

A SMALL WONDER GIFT SHOP

A SMALL WONDER GIFT SHOP

Gallery 3R

Call to Artists - A small wonder means small work from local artists and that means work priced for holiday read more

Education

Education

Upcoming Classes

All classes are held at the Contemporary Art Center except where noted. Classes may be accessed via the front entrance or the Commercial St. entrance at the rear read more

Whisper & Shout

Whisper & Shout

Preston Jackson Gallery

Experience a diverse open mic with artists from all backgrounds in a positive and inspiring atmosphere. Peoria’s Open Mic for Poetry is held on the 1st Thursday of each month. read more

First Friday Studio Tour

First Friday Studio Tour

Every First Friday, 5:00-9:00pm

Visit the Contemporary Art Center Resident Artist Studios where 15 artists create, display and sell their work. Enjoy the unique and creative talents of local artists. In 2011, Peoria first tapped into the First Friday movement that is now a fixture in most cities across the country. read more

Member Artists