Thanks to our many supporters, we are entering 2022 in a good place financially, and events are rebounding. However, the months ahead will likely be lean, and we will continue to be more dependent than usual on special donations. Additional steps you can take to ensure the Contemporary Art Center continues to thrive include: promote vaccination, obtain or renew your membership, attend an event, share our posts on social media and buy art. Also, take advantage of your company’s matching gift program. We are especially grateful for the Caterpillar’s Matching Gift Program and for all those that utilize this opportunity! If you are planning a visit, invite a friend to join you. We want everyone to feel safe and comply with the state mask mandate while on the premises.

Live at the Five Spot

Live at the Five Spot

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

On Display and Upcoming

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

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

All Vaccinated – Salsa at CAC

All Vaccinated – Salsa at CAC

Every 3rd Friday

Introductory Dance Lesson 8:30-9:30 pm Learn the basics of several Latin Dances taught by Eduardo & Beverly Caballero Open ... read more

1st Friday Studio Tour

1st 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