Current Exhibitions 

In the Armstrong Gallery...

NATE MATHEWS. NUCLEAR TOURISM.

                                                    

April 28-June 17. Reception: Friday, June 9, 5 - 7 pm. 

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. 

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. 


In the Brandt Gallery...

VAUGHN WASCOVICH. WELCOME TO HARD TIMES-EAST TEXAS PINHOLES.

April 28-June 10. Reception: Friday, June 9, 5 - 7 pm. 

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.  

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. 


In the Sales Gallery...

DEANNA FRAUTSCHI. SPRING IS ON THE WING.

                                                                     

April 28-June 10. Reception: Friday, June 9, 5 - 7 pm. 

The McLean County Arts Center presents Deanna Frautschi’s photography exhibition. Spring brings with it the anticipation of winged beauties returning to our Central Illinois backyard. These photos represent songbirds, butterflies and bees who fly in to enjoy our nature habitat … some for a brief respite on their migration north and some to stay for the summer and raise their young in our backyard. 

Deanna Frautschi is a Master Naturalist who uses her photography skills to document animals, birds and insects visiting her backyard habitat. She and her husband Alan Bedell have turned their five acres of cornfield into a nature retreat over the last 40 years. It is certified by the National Wildlife Federation. They enjoy sharing their restored habitat with other creatures around them including the human species. Deanna uses her wildlife photography for educational and informational presentations and articles.

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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