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

The Mirror with a Memory — May 4-27
Photography Capstone Exhibition, Bradley University

Artists:
Celia Compton
Anna Gerard
Ambrosia Griffin
Hannah Netherwood

This exhibition brings together four visual artists who create work on such themes as
memory, time, recollection, nostalgia, and history. Reflecting on their own unique
experiences, each artist uses varying photographic methods, such as analog, digital,
cyanotype, Van Dyke brown, and photographic sculpture, as modes for both
remembering and reframing the past.

Free and open to all.

Upcoming Exhibit 

June: Telling A People’s Story: Traveling Exhibit of Black Artists

Telling A People’s Story is an exhibition devoted to the art found within the pages of African-American children’s picture books.

The exhibition emphasizes the strength of the illustrations as visual narrative representations of the African-American experience. While aspects of social justice are found throughout the display, the exhibition goes beyond providing a look into the struggles of African Americans. This project celebrates the complex and diverse African-American experience through a lens intended for children and young readers. The exhibition offers something for all viewers through the representation of familiar and lesser-known people and the contributions of African Americans to an American identity.

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.