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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