The best, most creative artists in central Illinois will get the chance to reach new audiences thanks to “Art in the Atrium,” a new program at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The presidential library is joining forces with art groups in the area to present a series of exhibits. Now on display are more than 30 paintings, photographs and sculptures by Juried Artists of the Springfield Art Association.
The current exhibit runs until April 30. The next one, featuring art by members of the Springfield Watercolor Society, opens May 13.
Initiatives like “Art in the Atrium” allow the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to support local organizations, much as the people of Springfield and central Illinois have supported the ALPLM for the past decade.
It also represents an opportunity to show off the ALPLM’s beautiful library building and potentially attract new visitors.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to exhibit our members’ work in such a stunning space. We are thankful to ALPLM for supporting the local arts,” said Corrin McWhirter, Springfield Art Association gallery director.
The art is on display in the atrium of the library building (112 N. Sixth Street, Springfield) in the ALPLM complex. The free exhibit is open to the public 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., seven days a week.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is dedicated to telling the story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln documents, photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history. The museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors.
For more information, visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov.