Past Exhibitions
Jill King: New Horizons

Jill King: New Horizons

Apr 29 – Jun 17 2022

Like celestial cloud formations, Chicago educator and artist Jill King’s sculptures are energetic three-dimensional gestural ‘drawings’ of twisted metal covered with stretched... read more

Mike Baur and John Boylan

Mike Baur and John Boylan

Apr 29 - Jun 17 2022

The sculpture of Chicago based Mike Baur and the 2-D mixed media work of Peorian John Boylan are guided by traditional design principles and an instinct for frankness... read more

CAC Member Artists Biennial Exhibition

CAC Member Artists Biennial Exhibition

Feb 25 – Apr 16 2022

The artists enrolled in the Contemporary Art Center’s Artist Membership program (CIAO) return to the Contemporary Art Center’s Preston Jackson Gallery on the 2nd floor of the building for a dynamic group exhibition featuring one work of art from each member covering the mediums of drawing, ceramics, glass, painting, printmaking and many more. read more

Ann B. Coddington

Ann B. Coddington

Feb 25 - Apr 9 2022

Drawing upon the ancient craft of basketry, Ann Coddington constructs organic vessels, at once both strong and delicate, that reference the human body and inspire questions about our place in the world. Since 2004, Ann has... read more

Home Sweet Home: Shahrbanoo Hamzeh

Home Sweet Home: Shahrbanoo Hamzeh

Jan 7 – Feb 19 2022

Exploring what occurs behind closed doors in melancholy but colorful paintings, Iranian artist Shahrbanoo Hamzeh suggests that our bodies, domestic spaces and home countries function as three parallel homes on different levels. read more

Roger Bean & Chuck Flagg

Roger Bean & Chuck Flagg

Jan 7 – Feb 19 2022

From an early age, both Roger and Chuck took an interest in alternative photographic processes. Chuck was attracted to analog processes, like pinhole cameras. Roger worked most often with digital processes and print manipulation, like toning and dye transfers. read more

Steph Van Doren & Jaci Willis

Steph Van Doren & Jaci Willis

Oct 29 – Dec 17 2021

Two Central Illinois artists pare down their love of the natural world to the essentials in captured light and planes of color and shadow. read more

A Small Wonder Gift Shop

A Small Wonder Gift Shop

Oct 29 – Dec 17 2021

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 for small works of art. read more

Hot CIAO VIII

Hot CIAO VIII

Group Art Exhibition

Oct 2 - Nov 13 2021

The artists enrolled in the Contemporary Art Center’s Artist Membership program (CIAO) return to the Studios on Sheridan for a dynamic group exhibition featuring one work of art from each member covering the mediums of drawing, ceramics, fiber, sculpture, painting, printmaking and many more. read more

Faces and Forms: André Petty & Scott Mossman

Faces and Forms: André Petty & Scott Mossman

Aug 27 – Oct 15 2021

The pop art portraits of local artist André Petty are paired with the post-minimalistic sculpture of Chicago artist Scott Mossman celebrating the exploration of gestural shape and extravagant color. read more

Pieced Together: Chris Dokolasa & Lori Reed

Pieced Together: Chris Dokolasa & Lori Reed

Aug 27 – Oct 15 2021

These long-time friends share the practice of redefining their chosen mediums. Multiple altered photo prints are hand cut in strips and reassembled by Reed to create a fresh scene with other elements pieced into the final layer. Dokolasa pushes her sculptural vessels to surprising combinations of pattern, texture and flowing forms. read more

Hothouse

Hothouse

Jun 25 – Aug 13 2021

Jan Brandt’s vibrant paintings and fiber installations transform the gallery into a palimpsest of botanical wonder that combines the abstract with the observed. Her layered visual vocabulary is informed by 18th century botanical drawings, the patterning of Jacobean tapestries, the flat abstraction of Swedish floral design and a childhood spent on a farm. Since 2012, she has owned and operated Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington. read more

Ken & Barb Hoffman: Improvisations in Clay & Printmaking

Ken & Barb Hoffman: Improvisations in Clay & Printmaking

Jun 25 - Aug 13 2021

Ken and Barb Hoffman share a love of improvisation in their work. Exploration in other mediums informs their dominant mediums of painting and photography, respectively. Ken experiments with traditional ceramic vessel forms, surfaces and glazing processes. Barb extends her printmaking skills to produce complex watercolor monotypes. read more

Brave Enough To Be It

Brave Enough To Be It

Apr 30 – Jun 19 2021

Through their artwork, five African American women honor the dignity and heroism of African American women - past and present; both everyday women and those who made a significant impact on history. Featuring Sandra Bridges, Malika Jackson, Natalie Jackson, Alice Traore and Trish Williams, the exhibition of painting, photography, sculpture and art quilts culminates in a Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 19, 6:30-8:30pm. read more

Jessica Bingham: Be Tender, My Dear

Jessica Bingham: Be Tender, My Dear

Apr 30 - Jun 19 2021

Much like the cycle of renewing a garden—clearing, turning, sowing, tending, repeating, Jessica Bingham’s odd-shaped canvases are collaged remnants of older paintings made anew. Adorned with dried, homegrown wildflowers, they reference nature’s playfulness and unpredictability. read more

Guns in America

Guns in America

Feb 26 – Apr 17 2021

Jeff Corwin’s conflicted feelings over finding his father’s gun collection and his convictions about gun control fueled eighteen highly charged photographs illustrating the violence America faces every day. His career as a commercial photographer took him all over the country, but when we shot for such companies as Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur and Apple Commuter in Champaign, he fell in love with the Midwest. He is proud to share the entire series for the first time in Peoria. read more

Making Faces at the World

Making Faces at the World

Feb 26 - Apr 17 2021

Richard Wehrs has spent 35 years feeding his fascination to convey exaggerated facial expressions in ceramic sculpture. With extensive back stories and a twisted sense of humor, each of Richard’s creations have a hilarious tale to tell. Add to that his deep love for texture, pattern, color and whimsy, and this exhibition is a very natural result. read more

Negotiating Space

Negotiating Space

Nov 6 – Dec 18 2020

While their approaches to their craft vary, these four artists share some things in common: they are women, painting in contemporary styles, who have come from other places in the country to serve as art educators in Central Illinois. Experience how Lynette Lombard (Knox College), Susanne Nestory (Bradley University), Melissa Oresky (Illinois State University) and Lisa Walker (Sandburg College) interpret, create and occupy space. read more

7th Annual Small Wonder Gift Shop

7th Annual Small Wonder Gift Shop

Nov 6 - Dec 18 2020

A Small Wonder Gift Shop means small work from local artists and that means work priced for holiday gifts! Gallery 3R is turned into a gift shop for small works of art. Just like a gift shop, buyers may take home the item at the time of purchase. read more

Preston Jackson & William Butler: Walking The Line

Preston Jackson & William Butler: Walking The Line

Sept 3 – Oct 23 2020

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the first art exhibition organized in the gallery in 1995, Contemporary Art Center’s founder Preston Jackson and Executive Director William Butler exhibit paintings together. In a return to the visceral approach of their youth, they share a fondness for bold color and big themes as they intentionally walk the line between abstraction and happenstance. read more

Mark Holmes: Open and Shut

Mark Holmes: Open and Shut

Sept 11 – Oct 23 2020

Mark Holmes's sculpture explores the relationship of visual, material and intellectual labor in the invention of form. Whether modelled from clay or constructed from wood, his wall-mounted sculptures hold the fixed material nature of the object in tension with the contingencies of color, light and space. Holmes is currently chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Knox College. read more

Nonobjective

Nonobjective

Jul 10 – Aug 22 2020

Peter Ahart, Lisa Nelson Raabe and Nichole Gronvold Roller all share an experience together in Bradley University’s Master’s program and the creative freedom to not reference reality while pushing the pure principles of composition. read more

Roy Rogers: Bronze Visions

Roy Rogers: Bronze Visions

Jul 10 – Aug 22 2020

Local artist Roy Rogers, a former tool designer turned sculptor, focuses on sharing his bronze sculptures, most of which were created in Bradley University’s MA/MFA program where he is enrolled in his retirement. read more

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 dynamic group exhibition featuring one work of art from each member covering the mediums of drawing, ceramics, glass, painting, printmaking and many more. All CIAO members are enouraged to participate. read more