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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