"Sharing Sun Cloud Drawers" (2017, acrylic on canvas over panel) by Whitney Johnson is part of the "Sensing Synonyms" exhibit now on view in Heartland Community College's Joe McCauley Gallery.


Bio-Lab #13; through Jan. 15, Jan Brandt Gallery, 1305 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington; textile installation by Jan Brandt; viewing by appointment at janbrandtgallery@gmail.com

Sensing Synonyms; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thu., Fri. by appointment, through Jan. 26; Heartland Community College Joe McCauley Gallery, 1500 W. Raab Road, Normal; paintings and fabric works by Whitney Johnson and Alissa Palmer. Reception, 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

Cathy Engberg; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon Sat., through Dec. 31, IAA Credit Union lobby, 808 IAA Drive, Bloomington; paintings; free.

The Walls Speak: Telling ISU's Story Through Its Campus Buildings; through Dec. 16, ISU Milner Library second floor; historic artifacts from buildings, photos, more; free. 

Serving Students: The Legacy of Milner's Library; through Feb. 19, ISU Milner Library second floor; historical exhibit; free.    

Hilo de Vias: Selected Artist's Books; through Dec. 17, ISU Milner Library sixth floor; eight artist's books by Dianna Frid (whose works are on concurrent display in University Galleries, see below). 

ISU University Galleries; noon-4 p.m. Mon., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Uptown Station, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal; rotating exhibits in three galleries; free; 309-438-8321.

Dianna Frid: It Takes Time, Selected Works From 2009 Through 2017; through Dec. 17, ISU University Galleries, see above; graphite and embroidery works. 

Erin Washington: Light Touch; through Dec. 17, ISU University Galleries, see above; collages, paintings, drawings and sculptures.

IWU Merwin and Wakeley Galleries; school hours, noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 7-9 p.m. Tue.; 302 E. Graham St., Bloomington; rotating exhibits; free; 309-556-3391.

Distance Tracings//Tracing Distance; through Dec. 12, IWU Merwin Gallery, see above; media-based installation by Claudia Esslinger with Tom Giblin. 

Drawing Out a Narrative; through Dec. 12, IWU Wakeley Gallery, see above; mixed media works on paper by Andrea Moreau.  

McLean County Arts Center; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.; 601 N. East St., Bloomington; rotating exhibits, sales, rentals, art classes and lectures; free; 309-829-0011.

Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale; through Dec. 30, McLean County Arts Center, see above; affordable works and seasonal items by more than 60 local and national artists; 309-829-0011. 

Behavior of Water; through Dec. 30, McLean County Arts Center, see above; paintings by Karen Gyllin. 

McLean County Museum of History; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Tue.), 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; permanent and rotating exhibits; adults $5, seniors $4, students, children under 12 and members free; 309-827-0428.

Challenges, Choices and Change: Making a Home; McLean County Museum of History, see above; permanent exhibit exploring experiences of people from around the world who made McLean County their home.

Abraham Lincoln in McLean County; McLean County Museum of History, see above; permanent exhibit on Lincoln's life in Bloomington.

Challenges, Choices and Change: Farming in the Great Corn Belt; McLean County Museum of History, see above; new permanent exhibit on McLean County's agricultural history. 

Prairie Aviation Museum; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; permanent and rotating exhibits and displays with aerial history themes; adults $5, ages 6-11 $3, 5 and under free; 309-663-7632.

Central Illinois

U of I Krannert Art Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Thu. during fall and spring semesters), closed Sun., 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign; paintings, porcelain, historical artifacts, traveling art exhibits; $3 donation suggested; 217-333-1861.

Coveting Nature: Art, Collecting and Natural History in Early Modern Europe; through Dec. 22, Krannert Art Museum, see above; prints and illustrated publications.

Propositions on Revolution (Slogans For a Future); through Dec. 22, Krannert Art Museum, see above; revolution-themed works by contemporary artists and collectives.

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean; through March 24, Krannert Art Museum, see above; various media, including jewelry, architectural elements and photographic portraits.

Postwar Printmaking in the United States, 1945-1955; through Dec. 22, Krannert Art Museum, see above; prints.

Amity Township Museum; 1-3 p.m. first Sunday of month or by appointment, 510 Main St., Cornell; displays and artifacts relating to history of Cornell and Amity Township; free; 815-358-2973.

Eureka College Burgess Hall Art Gallery; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays and by appointment on weekends, third floor of Burgess Hall, Eureka College, Eureka; rotating exhibits; free; 309-467-6866.

Simpkins Military History Museum; 1-5 p.m. Tue., Thu., Sat., or by appointment; 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth; permanent and rotating military history exhibits; free (donations accepted); 309-473-3989. 

100th Anniversary of World War I; through Nov. 30, 2018, Simpkins Military History Museum, see above.  

Dickson Mounds Museum; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown; displays, special exhibits; free; 309-547-3721.

Lincoln Heritage Museum; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat., Lincoln Center at Lincoln College, 300 Keokuk St., Lincoln; Lincoln-era items, audio-visual displays, tours, exhibits, more; adults $7, children/tours $4; 217-735-7399.

Lovers of Liberty, Take Courage!; through Dec. 31, Lincoln Heritage Museum, see above; exhibit on displays of courage from historical figures, including Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., Riverfront Arts Center, 305 S.W. Water St., Peoria; rotating exhibits in two galleries; free; 309-674-6822.

Peoria Art Guild; Foster Arts Center, Harrison and Washington streets, Peoria; rotating exhibits, gift shop; free; 309-637-2787.

Peoria Riverfront Museum; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 16 and Feb. 20, Tue.-Wed. and Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thu.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sun., downtown riverfront Peoria; permanent and rotating exhibits, planetarium shows, Giant Screen Theater and events; $9-$11 (free parking in museum garage); 309-686-7000.

Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois; through Jan. 14, Peoria Riverfront Museum, see above; contemporary works by 50 nationally/internationally artists.

Penelope Umbrico: Screen Light; through Jan. 7, Peoria Riverfront Museum, see above; photographic installations sourced from social media sites. 

Private Public: Artists, Audience and Intention; through Jan. 7, Peoria Riverfront Museum, see above; exhibit contrasting art intended for private enjoyment and public display

Museum of the Gilding Arts; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sun., April-Oct., and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sun., Nov.-March, 217 N. Mill St., Pontiac; displays, history and hands-on exhibits dedicated to the art of gilding and gold beating; free (donations welcome); 815-842-1848.

Pontiac Community Art Center; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., 209 W. Madison St., Pontiac; rotating exhibits; 815-419-2472.

The Last Jury Session; through Dec. 10, Pontiac Community Art Center, see above; various media.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sun., 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield; Lincoln-themed exhibits, historical displays, special events, more; adults $12, seniors and students $9, ages 5-15 $5, under 5 free; 217-558-8844.


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