A new addition to the University Galleries is set to occupy two empty storefronts on the ground level of the Uptown Station Parking Deck at the corner of Broadway and Beaufort streets.
The agreement between ISU and the town of Normal was approved earlier this year and will be the main exhibition space of the University Art Galleries.
“We’re excited about being able to expand our offerings for the coming year,” Galleries Curator Kendra Paitz said. “We’ll be able to offer more shows and draw in the community.”
This new location provides enough space for larger exhibitions while offering a more sophisticated, top-notch experience. Visitors can expect work by local School of Art students, faculty and alumni as well as artists across the nation and around the world.
The gallery will also host performances for the public, concerts, interactive tours of the exhibitions and more exciting events for students and the community.
The Normal Town Council recently approved an architect for the project last week. Eckenhoff Saunders from Chicago will be kicking the project off by planning and designing the look of the new space.
The current branch of the University Galleries is located in Center for Visual Arts Room 110 and is open daily throughout the academic year. Those interested in
learning more about the School of Art can still visit this location.
Even though the Center for Visual Arts received renovations as a part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s $54 million donation to ISU’s new Fine Arts Complex, having a gallery in Uptown Normal seemed like an appropriate choice.
These renovations along with the new university gallery create more opportunities for both the College of Fine Arts and the School of Art students and their programs.
It gives art majors a chance to display their work outside of university grounds and fine arts students have another place to reveal their talents.
“I think [the Uptown location] will make it more visible to the campus community at large,” Veda Rives, associate director of the Normal Editions Workshop said.
“Students will be attributed by seeing and participating in the exhibitions and creating conversations.”
ISU and the town of Normal agreed to a $36,000 contract for the gallery location. The university rented out the space back in May and the decision is already proven to be well worth it.
Once the planning stage is complete, students, faculty and community members can expect busy construction workers slowly unveiling what will be the newest University Art Gallery.
For more details about future construction dates and a prospective opening, contact Galleries director David Blinderman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-438-5488.