Upcoming Exhibitions







Upcoming events

    • April 28, 2017
    • June 10, 2017
    • McLean County Arts Center 601 N East St Bloomington IL 61701

        

    The McLean County Arts Center presents Vaughn Wascovich’s photography exhibition Welcome to Hard Times-East Texas Pinholes in the Brandt Gallery from April 28 through June 10, 2017. The free and public Artist Reception and Art Talk will be on Friday, June 9, 5 - 7 pm. Wascovich will also give a Workshop on Saturday, June 10, 12-3 pm. The artist will show the process of the old process of taking pictures with pinhole cameras.

    Vaughn Wascovich’s work is the result of combining the primitive method of a pinhole camera with digital technology. His work and research are full of social content. Man’s relationship to the environment, compromised landscapes, the politics of indigenous peoples and environmental issues are some of the concepts that come to mind while enjoying the artist’s work. The Northeast Texas landscape is depicted with a poetic and unique vision. Mobile homes, collapsed churches and abandoned farms emphasize the ideas of displacement and transience. These concepts transport us to the richness of the area and also its uncertainty. Light and Time (physical and symbolically) are well addressed in Vaughn's work, each becoming co-creators in the artist’s vision and inviting viewers to consider the work beyond temporal means.  



    • April 28, 2017
    • June 17, 2017
    • McLean County Arts Center 601 N East St Bloomington IL 61701

                               

    The McLean County Arts Center presents Nate Mathews photography exhibition Nuclear Tourism in the Armstrong Gallery from April 28 through June 17, 2017. The free and public Artist Reception will be on Friday, May 5, 5 - 7 pm. 

    Nate Mathews presents a body of work that documents a state of mind of the American society. During the 1950’s the U.S. government built facilities with the purpose of being prepared for the cold war. These massive bunkers, silos for ballistic missiles, and national communication networks are subjects containing a precise aesthetic worthy of being admired. By allowing his work to highlight both the beauty and the dark potential purposes of his subject matter, Mathews’ photographs step beyond the pure documentation proposing as many questions as answers. 


    • June 16, 2017
    • July 29, 2017
    • McLean County Arts Center 601 N East St Bloomington IL 61701


    Cynthia Kukla

    The McLean County Arts Center presents Cynthia Kukla’s exhibition in the Armstrong Gallery June 16 - July 26, 2017. The free and public Reception will be on Friday, June 23, 5 - 7 pm.

    "Before me, artists I admire have revisited famous figures and images in history and the works of art that stabilize their memory:  Grace Hardigan's Great Queen Series, Leon Golub's Greek colossi and sphinxes, Jim Dine’s Glypthotek drawings, James Lee Byars installations and Roy Lichtenstein's rendition of monuments.  My work is a tender rather than an ironic enterprise and the paintings I do bring together the painterly authority of our times, where a full arsenal of contemporary strategies are available for use, with the meditations on the past that this sober moment invites.  From sculptor Giacommeti:  “The entire art of the past, of all periods, of all civilizations rises before my mind, becomes a simultaneous vision, as if time had become space.”


    • June 17, 2017
    • July 29, 2017
    • McLean County Arts Center 601 N East St Bloomington IL 61701


    The McLean County Arts Center presents Heather Brammeier ’s exhibition Lose the Feeling in the Brandt Gallery June 17 – July 29, 2017. The free and public Reception will be on Friday, June 23, 5 - 7 pm.

    "The juxtaposition of vivid red and blue creates strong color vibration. The concepts used to explain this optical effect—simultaneous contrast, retinal fatigue, and afterimage—rely on our understanding of struggle to illustrate what are actually chemical reactions occurring in the brain. The contrasting colors and their afterimages are described as fighting for dominance, which creates the sensation of vibration. The concept of desire is utilized as well; we describe the eye as “wanting to rest”, or “wanting to see the opposite color”. Strong emotional language is necessary to explain a phenomenon that challenges our perception of reality. A natural connection is made between optical struggle and internal conflict".

    • August 04, 2017
    • September 02, 2017
    • McLean County Arts Center 601 N East St Bloomington IL 61701


    From One Group to Another: A Sense of Purpose.

    The McLean County Arts Center presents the Bloomington Normal KodaRoamers Camera Club exhibition in the Brandt Gallery August 4- September 2, 2017. The free and public Opening Reception will be on Friday, September 8, 5 - 7 pm 

    The Bloomington Normal KodaRoamers Camera Club will be exhibiting photographs taken by their members of 10-12 nonprofit, charitable, and community building clubs in McLean County. This demonstration of affiliation between clubs that support and make up our culture will strengthen our common goals as community members. Clubs included may be: American Legion, Boy Scouts, Central Illinois Radio, Habitat for Humanity, International Women’s Club, Lake Run Club, Master Gardeners, McLean County India Association, McLean County Courthouse Quilters, Twin City Cruisers, 4-H, and Young Mens’ Club.

    The McLean County Arts Center is located at 601 N. East Street in downtown Bloomington. Arts Center hours are Tuesday, 10am- 7pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; and Saturday, noon-4pm; Sunday and Monday, closed. For more information, please call 309/829-0011, like us on Facebook, or check on our website: www.mcac.org. MCAC is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 

     

     


    • August 05, 2017
    • September 02, 2017
    • McLean County Arts Center 601 N East St Bloomington IL 61701
         


    The McLean County Arts Center presents MCAC Board Members & Staff art exhibition in the Armstrong Gallery August 4- September 2, 2017. The free and public Opening Reception will be on Friday, August 4, 5 - 7 pm

    McLean County Arts Center Board Members & Staff, past and present, will exhibit their current artwork. As the non-profit arts agency for McLean County, the arts center has had many talented artists teach, volunteer, and serve our community. This exhibition will include a diversity of work and demonstrate the commitment and professionalism MCAC has to the arts.

    The McLean County Arts Center is located at 601 N. East Street in downtown Bloomington. Arts Center hours are Tuesday, 10am- 7pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; and Saturday, noon-4pm; Sunday and Monday, closed. For more information, please call 309/829-0011, like us on Facebook, or check on our website: www.mcac.org. MCAC is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 


    • September 08, 2017
    • October 21, 2017
    • McLean County Arts Center 601 N East St Bloomington IL 61701

         

    Rhea Edge.

    The McLean County Arts Center presents Rhea Edge’s painting exhibition in the Brandt Gallery September 8- October 21, 2017. The free and public Opening Reception will be on Friday, December 2, 5 - 7 pm 

    Rhea Edge is passionate about art making, activism, and environmental conservation. Through her painting, drawing, and printmaking, she educates as well as inspires. Edge has traveled the world extensively to study natural habitation of species informing her artistic practice and bringing the beauty of the world to her audience.

    Edge is a Professor as well as Chair of Fine and Performing Arts at Eureka College. She earned her BS, MS, and MFA from Illinois State University, Normal.

    The McLean County Arts Center is located at 601 N. East Street in downtown Bloomington. Arts Center hours are Tuesday, 10am- 7pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; and Saturday, noon-4pm; Sunday and Monday, closed. For more information, please call 309/829-0011, like us on Facebook, or check on our website: www.mcac.org. MCAC is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 


    • September 08, 2017
    • October 21, 2017
    • McLean County Arts Center 601 N East St Bloomington IL 61701

           

    The McLean County Arts Center presents Harold Boyd’s painting exhibition in the Armstrong Gallery September 8- October 21, 2017. The free and public Opening Reception will be on Friday, December 2, 5 - 7 pm

    Harold Boyd will be exhibiting current painted drawings and sculptural tableau intallation. A figurative artist, Boyd celebrates narrative through exaggerated gesture and slight abstraction. Pulling from memories of his past youth observations of children dotay, the work is playful, imaginative, and intense in shades of black and white.

    Harold Boyd is a Professor Emeritus of Illinois State University, Normal.

    The McLean County Arts Center is located at 601 N. East Street in downtown Bloomington. Arts Center hours are Tuesday, 10am- 7pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; and Saturday, noon-4pm; Sunday and Monday, closed. For more information, please call 309/829-0011, like us on Facebook, or check on our website: www.mcac.org. MCAC is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 


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