As one of the most active public exhibition spaces in downstate Illinois, University Galleries' mission is to integrate an awareness of contemporary art into the cultural landscape of our rapidly growing community. Our exhibitions provide a wide yet critical survey of contemporary art, and feature both emerging and mid-career artists, often those whose work has not been exposed in an in-depth manner in the Midwest.
Michelle Grabner, Allan Sekula, Jeanne Dunning, Keith Haring, Sang-ah Choi, and David Wojnarowicz are just a few of the artists whose work we have presented in museum-scale exhibitions accompanied by definitive catalogues. Through our internationally distributed publications and traveling exhibitions, we strive to fulfill Illinois State University's goal to “support research and creative activity which are recognized at national and international levels.
University Galleries is open year-round: daily throughout the academic year and Monday-Saturday during the summer. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the general public. Our Director and Curator conduct special tours for classes and community groups. Please call 309.438.5487 to schedule.
The University Galleries are located in Centennial West, which is at the south end of the quad off of W. Beaufort St.