Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

To be a catalyst and forum for advancing, developing and understanding contemporary art by providing artist studios, through educational opportunities, and by presenting culturally and artistically diverse exhibitions and events.

Connection • Creation • Celebration

Peoria’s cultural hub features art exhibits and instruction, artist studios, monthly salsa dances, poetry open mic, yoga and tai chi classes. Live music is featured every Friday night, and special events happen throughout the year.

The Contemporary Art Center exhibits work indicative of contemporary art trends by living artists (primarily Illinois). CAC presents at least 14 exhibitions in its two rotating galleries each year, featuring the work of local, national, and even international artists. Special attention is made to display work reflecting cultural diversity. A third gallery showcases the work of CAC founder Preston Jackson.

In 2017, CAC brought CIAO (Central Illinois Artists Organization) under our nonprofit umbrella, expanding the opportunities for all artists.

The CAC is open and free to the public during regular business hours: 11am – 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 11am – 8:30pm on Fridays. With all the activity, the center is used on average about 12 hours daily. It maintains one of Peoria’s most culturally diverse memberships.

How to Help
Attend events and classes, buy art, obtain a membership or donate. Visit to learn more.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
305 SW Water St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 674-6822

Facebook: Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
Instagram: @cac.peoria

William Butler, Executive Director
Darlene Jones, Marketing Manager
Bryan Gardner, Event Manager

Key Volunteers
Norm & Louise Hodge
Janet Newton