A Peace of My Mind: American Stories

January 14 - February 8, 2017
OFTA: 10am Wednesday, February 8
GALLERY TALK: 7pm Wednesday, February 8

A Peace of My Mind American Stories

John Noltner is an award-winning photographer and author based in Minnesota. For more than 20 years, he has told stories with images and words for national magazines, non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies. Noltner will share his experience of driving 40,000 miles across the United States exploring the meaning of peace, one story at a time. This exhibition is in partnership with Monmouth College's Peace, Ethics, and Social Justice Program. See you in the BCA gallery! 

Abstracted Paintings in Oil & Cold Wax

January 24 - February 25, 2017
Larry Davis: Abstracted Paintings in Oil & Cold Wax 

Join us in the BCA gallery for an opening reception is 5-7pm on Friday, January 27 to meet artist, Larry Davis. Davis, a native Iowan, grew up along the Mississippi River. After attaining a BA in Fine Art at the University of Iowa he completed a four-year tour with the USAF in England before returning to the Midwest to begin his professional arts career. In 1986, Davis moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where he took a position at what is now Florida State College at Jacksonville, serving as both a full time Professor of Art, and for many years, as art department coordinator. During this time he finished his Masters Degree studies at Jacksonville University while also pursuing an active artistic output and exhibition schedule. Davis’ undergraduate art experience in the 1960s at the University of Iowa, as well as his graduate studies, left him with an appreciation for both realistic and abstracted art. While he still uses both approaches, the bulk of his current production is in oil/cold wax and focuses on the abstract.

Thomas Foley: Research

January 13, 2017
Please join us from 5-7pm on Friday January 13, 2017, in the BCA gallery for a closing reception of Thomas Foley's Research exhibition. 

Thomas Foley is a sixty-two year old photographer, living in his hometown of Galesburg, Illinois. In 2001, he opened Foley Photo Studio in downtown Galesburg.  His dad, Bill Foley, gave him his first camera and photo lesson in 1964. An avid photographer, Bill Foley opened Midwest Photo Service in 1946. Thomas, like his other seven siblings, worked sweeping the camera store floors when he was still in grade school and worked at becoming a serious photographer from a young age. He earned a BA degree in English from Coe College. He always carries at least one camera with him, not counting his iPhone. The Pentax digital SLR K-3 is his prime camera. Foley still prints black and white photographs in his basement darkroom from film taken with a variety of medium format cameras. The exhibit is dedicated to a departed friend, David Horowitz, a fantastic blues photographer, 1946-2015.

Lessons from Art & Nature

November 8 - December 3, 2016

"A New Enlightenment: Lessons from Art & Nature"
Part of being an artist is recognizing when you need to stop, step back, and let yourself learn. When you make a commitment to learning, you let go of everything you think you already know about yourself and your art. You become vulnerable. You make mistakes. You experiment. You have setbacks. And in the midst of it, you become enlightened. Creativity grows. New directions are discovered. The artist, and the art, matures and becomes stronger. Please join us in the BCA gallery on Friday, November 18th, 5-7pm for the opening reception and meet the artists, Peggy West and Elizabeth Bailey, and discuss their processes. The evening will also feature the music of Brad Shryack. 

Security Savings Bank 35th Annual Photography Show

August 16 - September 17, 2016

Thank you to all who attended our Security Savings Bank 35th Annual Photography Show last night! Special thanks to Security Savings Bank for sponsoring the exhibition and Kent Kriegshauser for jurying the show.
2016 award winners are (by category):

Monmouth College
Best in Category
Tim Stiles - Sunrise Over Monmouth College
Honorable Mention
Tracy Warner - Sundial


Light of Day
Best in Category
Justin Parks - Summer Daze
Honorable Mention
Anne Carman-Hendel - The Barn Window

Best in Category
Dustin Renwick - Six Spokes to a Smile
Honorable Mention
Melissa LaMaster - Like Momma Does

Best in Category
Dustin Renwick - Catenary Curving Clouds
Honorable Mention
Rachel Swigert - Toronto: Old City Hall

Best in Category
Amy Glenn - Rainbow Lorikeet
Honorable Mention
Robert Severin - Sunset Over Young’s Lake

Best in Category
William Bailey - Irrigation Equipment, South of Beardstown
Honorable Mention
Melissa La Master - Thug Feathers

David Mace Memorial Award
Ages 25 years or younger, most promising young photographer. Award is sponsored by Mark Dierker and given in memory of David Mace.
Keirstyn Johnson - Twinning is So Winning - People
Justin Parks - Summer Daze - Light of Day
Jessica Dean - Ella - Light of Day

James Keefe Best of Show
Melissa LaMaster - I Hope You Dance - People

Thank you for your continued support of the arts in our community. This show spotlights the talents of amateur photographers from our region. See you in the gallery!

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Art from the HeARTland

July 5 - August 6, 2016

Art from the Heartland is an opportunity for artists from our region to exhibit and sell their work. As part of our ongoing mission to offer creative and diverse artistic experiences, this exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for area artists and our community to express themselves and enjoy the arts. Please click on the link for further exhibition details. Join us in the BCA gallery for our opening reception is 5-7pm on Friday, July 8.

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48th Annual Town & Country Art Show

April 5 - May 7, 2016

Showcasing the artistic talent of our students from Warren, Henderson, and Mercer Counties.

Opening reception is 2-4pm on Saturday, April 9, 2016
Awards will be presented at 3pm
This event is free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours:
10am-5pm on Tuesday through Friday
10am-2pm on Saturday

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sartorial elegance

February 23 - March 26, 2016

Opening reception
February 26

Marilyn Tunzi
Custom Quilts

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Mark Dierker: The Stories We Could Tell

January 5 – February 13, 2016

Mark A. Dierker is an award-winning, nationally recognized photographer having shown in juried exhibitions and galleries stretching across the U.S. from Pennsylvania to California. Dierker loves exploring light and how it is interpreted by a camera. He gets much of his inspiration from his frequent travels. His favorite subjects are landscape, portraiture, musical performances, and Americana. Opening reception is from 5-7pm on Friday, January 8, in the BCA gallery. The evening will also feature the soulful blues of Denny Garcia.

Dierker will also give an Old Friends Talk Art (OFTA) gallery talk from 10-11am on Wednesday, January 13 in the BCA Gallery. Both events are open to the public and free of charge.

John Nelson: Without Constraints

November 3 - December 19, 2015

Nelson's work is very postmodern, mixing minimalism with portraiture without constraints to traditional formats. Most of his paintings are acrylic on linen with several layers of thinned out paint and layered images; many times using several panels to create one piece. His paintings explore issues of style, perception, and narrative. Nelson explains, "I am usually interested in comparing 'this to that'. The impulse is to always have one thing with another - an attempt to have a minimalist composition coexist with subject matter." What comes together is a compelling and mysterious bridge between human form and geometric landscapes.

John Nelson graduated with an MFA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and has been working as an artist and living in Quincy for the past 20 years. He came to Quincy with his wife Julie who retired as Executive Art Director of the Quincy Art Center. Both have made a huge difference in the presence and strength of the visual arts in Quincy.

Security Savings Bank Photography Show

July 21 - August 22, 2015

Take time out from your busy summer schedule to cool down and stop by the 34th Annual Security Savings Bank Photography Show. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our opening reception and thank you to our juror, Mark Dierker, and our sponsors Security Savings Bank and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

This year's award winners are:
Best of Category
Amy Glenn - Praying Mantis Engagement Photo
Honorable Mention
Rachel Purdy - Romantic Cardinals

Best of Category
Amy Glenn - Just Being Nosey…Eskimo Kisses with Grandpa
Honorable Mention
Melinda Fry - Boy and Frog

Best of Category
Susan Fowler - Bleeding Heart
Honorable Mention
Wendy Huston - Golden Crown

Best of Category
William C. Bailey - Western McDonough County
Honorable Mention
Sharon Knight - Convergence

Best of Category
Sharon Knight - Yellow Shed
Honorable Mention
Margaret Barkley - Working Hands

Best of Show - Jim Keefe Memorial Award
William C. Bailey - Western McDonough County

David Mace Award
Keirstyn Johnson - Don't Look Down
Andrew Ray - Trapped

Also, as we move forward and plan for future shows, the exhibition committee has updated the categories for next year’s photography show. Those categories are:

Monmouth College

We hope this will open your lens even further to explore visual opportunities and we look forward to seeing what the new categories will bring.

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Art from the HeARTland

June 9 - July 11, 2015

Art from the HeARTland spotlights the talented artists we are fortunate to have living in our region. Local and regional artists remind us of how much talent we have right here at home! Opening reception is 5-7pm on Friday, June 12. This year's juror is Tyler Hennings, Tyler has taught art in the area for over a decade and is a working painter.

This year's award winners are:

Best of Show
John Van Kirk - California Winery

Works on Paper
Mandy Robertson - Fine and Dandy


Mixed Media
Carine Brown - Red Dress Dancer

Douglas Rutzen - Whose Woods These Are

Susan Fowler - Peace

Brian Thie - Iron Rose

Susan Lawhorn - With a Little Hope

Honorable Mention
Mandy Robertson - Jenna in the Snow
Jane Inness Youngquist - Sunflower Magic
James Henry - Predecessor

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47th Annual Town & Country Art Show

April 28 - May 23, 2015

Students from Warren, Henderson, and Mercer Counties have joined forces to bring us this creative and joyful exhibition. Thank you to everyone for attending the 47th Annual Town & Country Art Show opening Saturday, May 2, 2015, and for all of the volunteers in our community who helped make this exhibition possible. The award winners:

Kindergarten – 5th Grade
Mathew Strange - Tree - Oil Pastel on Tooling Foil - M-R Harding Primary
6th Grade – 8th Grade
Jonah Lester - Untitled Work - Acrylic - United Junior High School
9th Grade – 12th Grade
Konstanze Fowler - Hermione - Spray Paint - Monmouth-Roseville High School

YOUNGBLOOD AWARD – For Artistic Promise and Potential
Kindergarten – 5th Grade
Graham Young - Op-Art - Marker & Color Pencil - M-R Central Intermediate School
6th Grade – 8th Grade
Alec Vancil - Deer - Metal - West Central Middle School
9th Grade – 12th Grade
Christopher Durdle - Untitled - Ceramic - Monmouth-Roseville High School

GRACE BUCHANAN AWARD – For Best Use of Medium
Hannah Vestal - Poison Dart Frogs - Monmouth-Roseville High School
Pastels (chalk, charcoal, crayon)
Elise Blaesing - Still Life - M-R Harding Primary
Tara Watson - Jungle Fever - Monmouth-Roseville High School
Pen, Ink, Pencil
Jenna Shafer - Untitled Work - West Central High School
Alex Valdez - Helllllloooo! - Monmouth-Roseville High School
Brittany Blackledge - Untitled Work - West Central High School
Katie Daugherty - Keet - Monmouth-Roseville Junior High School
Lauren Barton - Compliments - Mercer County High School
Mixed Media
Tara Watson - Colorful Wisdom - Monmouth-Roseville High School

SUSAN TWOMEY INNOVATION AWARD – The artwork that stands out among a sea of artwork and shows tremendous promise.
Carlea Kiddoo - Self-Portrait - Charcoal - Mercer County High School

If you won an award and were unable to attend the opening, please stop by the BCA and pick up your award. 

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A Peace of My Mind

March 11 - April 18, 2015

What does peace mean to you? That’s the central question photographer and storyteller John Noltner has been asking people for his social commentary project, A Peace of My Mind.

Founded in 2009, A Peace of My Mind is a multimedia art project that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace. With engaging portraits and compelling personal stories, nearly 100 diverse subjects describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and some of the obstacles they encounter along the way.

Those profiled include Holocaust survivors and a homeless man, a Somali refugee and a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive. Artists, volunteers, politicians, and business leaders all share their thoughts and inspiring stories in a series that celebrates our common experience and sense of community.

The BCA will host an opening at 7pm on Thursday, March 19 John Noltner will present an artist talk and Rabbi Amy Eilberg will deliver the 2015 Samuel M. Thompson Lecture.

This exhibit is possible through the generous gift of Marjorie Munson Wunder in partnership with the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Peace, Ethics, and Social Justice Program at Monmouth College.

All programming at the BCA is sponsored in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

For the Love of Grace: Celebrating 25 Years

February 28, 2015

In honor of our benefactor, the Buchanan Center for the Arts is proud to exhibit the collective work of Grace Buchanan. Her paintings reflect a love for nature and the changing seasons of our region. Grace deeply believed that arts, music, dance, and theater should be open to all. She knew that these aspects enhance our capacity to see and hear the beauty in our lives; that they help to deepen the understanding of the human response to the world. 

Security Savings Bank Photo Competition

September 5 - October 25, 2014

Get ready to say "Cheese"!  The Annual Security Savings Bank Photo Competition is ready to begin. 


This popular community event will open from 5-7pm on September 5, 2014 with a reception and award announcements.

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Art from the HeARTland

May 23 - June 28, 2014

This exhibition is designed to spotlight the talented artists that we are lucky enough to have living in our region. Local and regional artists remind us of how much talent we have right here at home!  Artists may submit up to three works.  Click the link here to download a copy of the entry form. We have extended the DEADLINE but it IS APPROACHING!   To enter, CALL NOW! Please note that the opening reception date has been changed to Friday, May 30, from 5-7pm.  

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