Peoria Public Library provides a public space for the display of art that stimulates, educates, and promotes greater understanding and appreciation for art in our culturally diverse community.

Feel free to browse our rotating exhibits at your leisure anytime Main Library is open.

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except holidays.
Located on Lower Level 1

Current Exhibit

Portraits of Peoria

This exhibit highlights work of local artists who were asked to portray subjects for the “Portraits of Peoria” mural project.

New augmented reality murals will be installed on the windows of Main Library, with a community unveiling at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.

A reception in the gallery will immediately follow the unveiling.

Portraits of Peoria honors notable past Peorians (and those who called the area home) who changed our community and our world.

Using a special phone app, you will be able to scan each mural, prompting a video featuring a local actor portraying the subject of the mural. The murals will “come to life,” each telling stories of their incredible accomplishments.

In the accompanying exhibit in this gallery, you will see work created by the mural artists. Participating artists include Connie Andrews, Jeremy Berkley, Bob Doucette, Preston Jackson, Brenda Pagan, and Trish Williams.

From print to fiber, every artist in this room is actively participating in molding Peoria’s cultural and artistic present—shaping what will one day become a representation of our history.

The Portraits of Peoria program was created by Big Picture Peoria, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to build a thriving and vibrant community for all by using arts and creativity as a driver for social change, economic development, and wellness. They do this by providing arts-based solutions, promoting and supporting artists and arts initiatives, and advancing arts education.

Interested in Showing at the Gallery?

Peoria Public Library welcomes the display of art exhibitions in its Gallery in keeping with our goal to be a community partner and a place where people come to discover, question, learn and connect.

The Library’s Program Department will review a representative sample of the artist’s portfolio and decide if it is suitable for exhibition. As the exhibition space is in a public space, the artwork must meet appropriate community standards and be suitable for all ages. Exhibitions are selected by the Library on the basis of aesthetic quality, educational interest, and appeal and relevance to the community.

If you would like to be considered to show your work at the Library, please email us at programming@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us

Gallery details: 2,277 square feet
In addition to our wall space, artists may use locked cases of various sizes (nine total), pedestals (five total).
Artists may also incorporate our main floor display case and two-story atrium for their work. Please inquire.