Abby Wendle

Street art – also known as graffiti art – is often done under cover of night.  But on a sunny, hot, and humid mid-summer afternoon in Galesburg it was done during the light of day in a small downtown plaza.

Ra Joy heads Arts Alliance Illinois, an advocacy group that represents hundreds of cultural groups and artists in the state. He was at the capitol this past week with about 500 hundred other rally-goers, urging Governor Bruce Rauner and lawmakers to keep the Illinois State Museum open.

T.J. Carson

A new event from the Galesburg Civic Art Center aims to liven up an area of the city that is neglected.  The organization will host its first ever street art contest Saturday, July 18 in the alley behind the art center. The event is being called “Battle for the Alley.”

Abby Wendle

Western Illinois University has a national reputation for being good to student veterans and service members. Military Times ranks Western in the top 20 percent of all universities, colleges, and trade schools in the country. Western is "military friendly" because it's affordable, classes are small, the university counts some armed forces training towards college credit, and Western has one of the first Veterans Resource Centers in the state.

Rich Egger

After two decades in advertising, Phil Brevick of Hamilton decided it was time to pursue a career in art.  Now, about five years later, Brevick's paintings are featured in his first solo show.

T.J. Carson

Carl Sandburg College invited welders and artists to unleash their creativity as part of a collaborative effort to create metal sculptures.

Artists and welders were paired up and given seven-hours to create their  masterpiece.

T.J. Carson

The Buchanan Center for the Arts is starting the new year with a new executive director.

Kristyne Gilbert Bradford was named to the position this week.  She replaced Susan Twomey, who served as executive director the past eight years.

Bradford completed her Master’s degree at Western Illinois University.  While at WIU, Bradford was a teaching assistant in the Department of English & Journalism.

Bad Kitty Roars

Dec 11, 2014
There are at least 3,600 bad kitties in the record shop.
Abby Wendle

The record shop just off the square in Macomb is closing after three years of business. John Gorlewski is packing up his vinyl and moving with his family to another college town in Connecticut. 

Rich Egger

The new exhibit at the West Central Illinois Arts Center in Macomb highlights some works that cover an entire section of a wall and others that cover just a few square inches.

Fort Madison Area Arts Association

The artistic talent of local high school students from Illinois and Iowa will be on display in downtown Fort Madison for the rest of April.

The Google Art Project

The gender gap is not unique to corporate salaries or leadership in politics. It’s also very alive in today’s  art community.  

New WIU Art Exhibit Explores Violence in Our Culture

Jan 23, 2013

A new exhibit at the Western Illinois University Art gallery features images that might be most familiar from the news, including unmanned drones and Iraqi detainees.

Dominic Sansone uses theses images in his new show "It Shoots Further than We Dream" to explore the role of violence in our culture.

Rich Egger

The Snake Alley Art Fair in Burlington started 45 years ago with just a few people selling work. They hung their art on snow fence that was set up along what's been called the most crooked street in the world.

This year the fair drew around 100 artists who set up booths not just on Snake Alley but also on the adjacent Heritage Hill streets.

They were joined by musicians, food and drink vendors, and thousands of art lovers looking to connect with a painting or a piece of jewelry or some other work of art.

Rich Egger

The West Central Illinois Arts Center in Macomb is trying something a little different. Instead of asking artists to display works, it asked collectors to share a favorite piece.

The show, which opens Friday, June 22, is called “A Few Of Our Favorite Things.” An opening reception will be held 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm on June 22.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Artist Fred Jones, who helped put together the show, said those who contributed pieces were also asked to write a short blurb about the art work.