History of Arts Center

2013

February
Funtemporary

March
Illinois Abstracts: Recent Prints by Bill Howardbill_howard_poster

April 
CornFed Film Festival

May
Young Artist Series

June 
A Few of Our Favorite Things

 

July–August 
Members and FriendsKinswomen-2013

September
From My Perspective

October
WIU Biennial Department of Art/Faculty Exhibition

November
Three Kinswomen: The Art of Cathie, Becky and Meg Prange

2012

February-March 2012
Young Artist Series exhibition featuring local High School, Middle and Grade School works.

March 2012
Remash/Artwork created from recycled materialsremash-flyer

April 2012
Cornfed Film Festival
WIU Annual Juried Student Exhibition

May 2012
Contemporary Narratives- Juried show open to all media, except photography.

June-July 2012
From the Collections of... An exhibition from West Central Illinois collections.

August 2012
Members and Friends Juried exhibition open to all mediamembersandfriends_200

September – October 2012
Prints, Prints and More Prints Engraving, Intaglio, Lithography, Silk Screen, etc

November 2012
Photo Narratives from West Central Illinois Juried Photography Exhibition

2011

February
New WCIAC Board President, Sean Genovese, appears on WIU’s 15 Minutes with Jo-Anne Morgan.

March
Opening Doors Student art exhibition held
Exhibition of Stephen Shames’ Photography

April
Recycle Exhibition. Artist recycled, reuse and repurposed items into unique artwork.

June
Wine Tasting held to benefit the WCIAC at Taylors Hall sponsored by The Wine Sellers

July
Second year of Flying Monkeys Theatre Campjourneys-flyer-bw

August
Comix Ehibition

September
WIU Faculty Art Exhibition

October-November
Journey’s exhibition is held in WCIAC gallery space.

December
Art & Gift Market

2010

January
A display of quilting arts and a guest appearance by quilt artist and author Sue Van Wassenhove take place. This is a dual display with a companion exhibit taking place at the Western Illinois Museum.

February
Performances of the award winning play “The Laramie Project” take place in the WCI Arts Center.

April
Steel Magnolia’s and Endnotes performed at the WCI Arts Center.

June
The Inadvertent Rascal, a reader’s theatre/staged reading was performed twice during Heritage Days

Sixth Annual Wine Tasting sponsored by The Wine Sellers, ticket sales to benefit the WCIAC

July
First Flying Monkeys Theatre Day Camp is held.

 

September
Jazz 101 with Ann Collins

 

2009

February
“Beginnings” dance program featuring original choreography by Candace Winters-March and her students takes place.

March
Roof of the WCI Arts Center is replaced. Volunteers begin the lengthy process of cleaning years of debris from the top two floors.

April
A juried student art show, Across the Ages,  is held at the WCI Arts Center. Dr. Te Ma presents “Art for Chairs”, a fundraiser with proceeds going to purchase chairs for both the WCI Arts Center and the Western Illinois Museum. As a result, 100 chairs are purchased to be used by the two groups.

May
A contract for the removal of the 1960s vintage metal building façade was entered into by the Board.

June
Fifth Annual Wine Tasting Benefit at Taylor’s Hall sponsored by the Wine Sellers with ticket proceeds donated to WCIAC.

The building façade is removed, exposing the original brick and a “ghost sign” reading “Wyne Dry Goods” is revealed to great support from the community.

WCIAC takes part in Heritage Days by making the Center available to the “Friends of Vishnu” group.

July
A comprehensive “goals and objectives” retreat, facilitated by WCIAC underwritten Peace Corps fellow Kara Kinder is held. The visual arts show In and Out featuring several regional artists is a feature.

August

Live Performance of "Love Letters"
Live Performance of “Love Letters”

Live performances of the two-person play Love Letters starring Equity actors Mike Genovese & Ellen Crawford are held. A one year anniversary party for the WCI Arts Center is held for friends and supporters of the group. A display, Art at the Brickyard, featuring works developed at the Moses King Brickyard historical site by various artists was featured as well.

September

Live performances of the opera event “Goblin Market” starring Kitty Karn are held.

October
The WCI Arts Center is again a part of the ongoing “Haunted Tours.” Various community groups begin to rent the first floor on an ongoing basis, creating a small cash flow stream to add to that from the buildings existing retail renter.

December
The winter exhibit “Holiday Salon” takes place.

2008

January
WCIAC moves forward with plans to raise capital by selling donated properties in order to fund a future building purchase.

April
WCIAC Board backs a successful arts grant application by artist Kelley Quinn.

June
Fourth Annual Wine Tasting Benefit sponsored by the Wine Sellers with ticket proceeds donated to WCIAC.

June – August
30 days notice is received that the former Maurice’s / Woolworth’s building in the Macomb Downtown is to be auctioned. This building has long been the preferred option for a regional arts center. The Board goes on an intensive fundraising campaign and eventually comes up with over $90,000 to take part in the auction. The City of Macomb shows support for the organization’s vision by making a loan of $100,000.00 available to the Board to bid. The organization purchases the building for $114,000.00.

September
WCI Arts Center becomes an emergency gallery as torrential rains threaten the displays at the Gazebo Arts Festival. Perishable works are moved into the first floor and the show goes on. At the end of this month, WCIAC officially takes possession of the property located at 25 East Side Square. After six years of volunteer efforts WCIAC has a home… and it was the one they wanted.

October
The WCI Arts Center becomes an attraction on the “Ghost Tours” held through the Halloween season.

November
First “official” WCIAC show “A Celebration of Community” is held as well as a student show by attendees of West Prairie High School. A reception for major donors is held as well.

December
WCIAC takes part in Macomb’s annual “Dickens on the Square” celebration for the first time.

2007

January
Efforts commence to enable a community-requested vocal education program by partially funding a graduate assistantship in conjunction with Western Illinois University.

May
Fourth Annual Wine Tasting Benefit at Chandler’s sponsored by the Wine Sellers with ticket proceeds donated to WCIAC.

September – December
Vocal training classes are offered to the public by WCIAC in conjunction with Western Illinois University by graduate student Matt Brown. WCIAC funds 1/3 of the instructor’s assistantship using raised funds.

December
Winter dinner theatre presentation of Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge is presented in conjunction with Chandler’s. Funds raised go toward WCIAC operations and projects.

2006

March
Updated business plan drafted and passed by Board of Directors to offer more information to the community. Board members attend Strategic Development Meeting with members of the Illinois Arts Council.

April
Newspapers report on the drafting of the new business plan resulting in several requests for copies.  An Ex-Officio board is proposed consisting of local and state level dignitaries is developed

May – October
WCIAC organizes and runs the successful Art in the Alleys Program held on the second Saturday of each month.

June
Third Annual Wine Tasting Benefit at Chandler’s sponsored by the Wine Sellers with ticket proceeds donated to RACI.

WCIAC organizes and executes a Heritage Days Art Gallery in the former JC Penney building Downtown. Over a dozen artists take part and attendance is heavy.

July
WCIAC offers Youth Art event programming during an outdoor performance of musical artist Laura Hall. The event is held in conjunction with local businesses.

August
Board members are invited to appear on Paul Kreider’s arts themed television program on Western Illinois University Channel 3.

September 
Board members and local artists take part in the annual Taste of the Tri-States dinner, arranging for display of art and a tour of local artist’s gallery space.

October
Board members take part in community meetings with representatives of ArtSpace, a not-for-profit agency out of Minneapolis. They are looking at a development in the Macomb area.

December
First in a proposed series of winter dinner theater events (“Murder at Café’ Noir”) is held to great success.

2005

April
RACI serves as a sponsor organization for a grant application for a local labyrinth project.

June
Wine Tasting Benefit at Chandler’s is sponsored by the Wine Sellers with ticket proceeds donated to RACI. Local artwork is again displayed.

October
Musical event featuring Patrick Hazell held at the Tri-States Public Radio Performance Studio. Reception at the Inselhaus Bed & Breakfast followed.

Artwork is provided for the annual Taste of the Tri-States (WIUM/WIUW) Fundraiser held at the Forum.

November
RACI is a sponsor for the labyrinth/mandala project at Project Insight School.

December
Website www.regionalartscenter.org is created.

 

2004

 

March
501(c)3 status received!
Musical event featuring Sally Weisenburg and the Famous Sidemen is held at the Tri States Public Radio Performance Studio. Reception at the Inselhaus Bed & Breakfast follows. The project is funded in part with a Two Rivers Arts Council grant.

June
First Wine Tasting Benefit at Chandler’s is sponsored by the Wine Sellers with ticket proceeds donated to RACI. Local artwork is featured prominently.

September
RACI organizes an artist raffle in conjunction with the annual Al Sears Jazz Festival/Gazebofest. Works by three prominent local artists are donated and raffled off during the festival.

October
RACI provides artwork for the annual Taste of the Tri-States (WIUM/WIUW) Fundraiser at Magnolia’s and organizes Studio Tour of downtown studio in conjunction with event.

 

2003

January
The By-Laws of the Regional Arts Center Initiative are written and original board members are recruited.

April
Phantom Art Gallery is organized and takes place in two empty downtown Macomb storefronts. Funds from a Two Rivers Arts Council grant are used to defray costs.

Spring
Two local artists and one local quilter teach classes at Spoon River Community College with proceeds benefiting RACI.

July
RACI application for 501(c)3 status is submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

September
RACI organizes an artist raffle in conjunction with the annual Al Sears Jazz Festival. Works by three prominent local artists are donated and raffled off during the festival.

October
RACI provides artwork for the annual Taste of the Tri States (WIUM/WIUW) Fundraiser.

 

 

2002

 

Spring 2002
The Regional Arts Center Initiative (RACI) for the West Central Illinois Arts Center is started when many involved community members meet together and determine there is a strong need for a regional arts center.

September
RACI organizes an artist raffle in conjunction with the annual Al Sears Jazz Festival. Works by three prominent local artists are donated and raffled off during the festival.

October
RACI provides artwork for the annual Taste of the Tri States (WIUM/WIUW) Fundraiser.