Past Exhibitions
CIAO Artists Group Exhibition

CIAO Artists Group Exhibition

Mar 13 – Jun 26 2020

The artists enrolled in the Contemporary Art Center’s Artist Membership program (CIAO) return to the Contemporary Art Center for a ... read more

Janis Mars Wunderlich

Janis Mars Wunderlich

Mar 13 – Jun 26 2020

With playful and poignant imagery in ceramic sculpture and acrylic paintings, Janis Mars Wunderlich depicts themes of fertility, ... read more

Laura Lein-Svencner

Laura Lein-Svencner

Inner Most - Outer Expressions

Sep 13 – Oct 18 2019

Laura has pursued her love of paper; some she makes from the plants in her garden. Found papers, like engineer plans, nautical maps read more

Cynthia Merrill

Cynthia Merrill

Scratching Through The Surface

Sep 6 - Oct 25 2019

Cynthia Merrill creates black & white ceramic vessels that, while functional, serve as a vehicle to portray stylized sea creatures read more

Carry Weight | Hold Light

Carry Weight | Hold Light

Conceived and curated by Heather Brammeier

Jan 10 – Feb 21 2020

To Carry, To Hold began as a collaborative exhibition in her studio while Brammeier was an artist in residence at International Studio ... read more

Christopher Holbrook

Christopher Holbrook

Unique Impressions

Jan 10 – Feb 21 2020

This exhibition focuses on Holbrook’s inventive approach to the collograph process developed during the final years of his life. The ... read more

William H. Thielen

William H. Thielen

Running with Scissors

Nov 9 – Dec 20 2019

Thielen’s abstract art runs the gamut: from two-dimensional drawings and paintings to three-dimensional free-standing sculptures in a ... read more

A Small Wonder Gift Shop

A Small Wonder Gift Shop

Nov 8 - Dec 21 2019

A small wonder means small work from local artists and that means work priced for holiday gifts! Gallery 3R is turned into a gift shop ... read more

Colorful Creations

Colorful Creations

Nov 1 - Dec 27 2019

Colorful Creations will feature the photographs of Natalie Jackson O’Neal, paintings by Alice Traore and fiber art by Trish Williams. ... read more

Women of CIAO

Group Art Exhibition

Nov 2 - 28 2019

All female-identified artists enrolled in Contemporary Art Center’s CIAO Artist Membership may display 1-2 works representing many ... read more

Donald Mason

Donald Mason

Double Consciousness

July 12 - Aug 30 2019

Growing up in the church, influenced by the murder of Emmett Till when Mason was 14 and troubled by the economic and social disparity read more

Twenty Dirty Hands

Twenty Dirty Hands

Pottery Tour

July 5 - Aug 23 2019

Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour was developed to promote ten ceramic artists in small towns in the Northwest corner of Illinois. As ... read more