University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal

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University Galleries of Illinois State University has developed a multivalent approach to exhibitions and support for artists. Our program comprises rings of access that extend outward from the exhibitions we create and travel, the books we publish, and the tours, performances, lectures, and outreach programs we provide. Our exhibitions feature both emerging and established artists, often those whose work has not been previously presented in a comprehensive manner.

University Galleries has organized museum surveys of works by: Jim Lutes, Nadia Hotait, Jason Lazarus, Michelle Grabner, Tony Tasset, Stephanie Brooks, Allan Sekula, Jeanne Dunning, Siebren Versteeg, Martin Wong, David Wojnarowicz, Jane Dickson, and many others.

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. Please call 309.438.5487 to schedule a special tour for your class or community group.

Programs at University Galleries are supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
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  • Had not been in this part of Normal for many, many years. Graduated from ISU in 1980 and lived in area until 1983. Despite many visits to family in the area, never returned to that side of...  more »
  • I am not an art critic. However, I know what I like & appreciate. Living in Normal, I always feel blessed to be within walking distance of just about everything I enjoy. The University Galleries of.....  more »
  • Art... the final frontier. Some say that art is a scary and unknown domain. Especially when it comes from independent and young artists. They would have you believe that they get too edgy to interpret what their art is supposed to mean. I would agree. BUT! After walking through this art museum I realized that art is pretty cool. Would I walk through an art gallery on a daily basis? Maybe. This one? Probably not. I liked walking through it, and it was a really good deal for the price associated with it. You cant beat free! If you are in the area and want to check out what the Illinois State University art program has to offer, then make sure you stop by this one of a kind art gallery while you are here. Plus there is a good subway just barely up the road that you can check out as well.
  • I was here. Watched talented musicians play Viola. The art suggested that 50% of art students chose the wrong degree or were vacant of mind, but 50% was great. Great space, seemed like upstairs was having a moving extravaganza by dragging stuff around during performances, good times

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