Contemporary Art Center has resumed normal visiting hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5:00. Visitors may visit the facility to view new art exhibits in three galleries. We will offer open house events starting in March. We plan to offer ticketed events starting in May. Mask wearing and social distancing are expected of all visitors while in the building. Hibernation was a very fruitful time. When visiting, please ask about our updates. For example, we installed state-of-the-art air purification systems to kill viruses.

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

Whisper & Shout

Whisper & Shout

Open Mic for Poetry

Experience a diverse open mic with artists from all backgrounds in a positive and inspiring atmosphere. Peoria’s Open Mic for Poetry is 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

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 of the building. The Commercial St. entrance must be used for all classes held outside of regular business hours. 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