Over 15,000 visitors each year are attracted to the Contemporary Art Center on Peoria’s RiverFront. Peoria’s cultural hub features the innovative artwork of living artists at the forefront of today’s art scene in three galleries. Visit 15 working artist studios including renowned artist Preston Jackson. Receive instruction in art and dance. Experience the live music of local bands covering all genres, the energy of a salsa dance or the amazing talent at our open mic for poetry featuring a nationally known poet.

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, Upcoming and Past

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

Instruction in Art and Dance

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

Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Celebration

Contemporary Art Center

Contemporary Art Center’s 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration will take place Wednesday, June 19, 6:30-8:30pm at the Contemporary Art Center of Peoria in the Preston Jackson Gallery. read more

Salsa at CAC

Salsa at CAC

Every 3rd Friday

Mostly Salsa music is played but also Cha Cha, Bachata, Merengue, Tango, Reggaeton, R&B, Cumbia and Latin styled pop and R&B also. 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. read more

Member Artists