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

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

Salsa at CAC

Salsa at CAC

Every 3rd Friday

Every Third Friday, 8:30 pm-MidnightIntroductory Dance Lesson8:30-9:30 pmLearn the basics of several Latin Dances taught by Eduardo ... 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

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 held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. read more

Member Artists