WCI Arts Center Receives Grant!

Photo of Letter and part of Check from Moline Foundatioin

WCI Arts Center Receives Grant from Moline Foundation

Macomb, Illinois – The West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 E Side Square, Macomb, has received a $1200 grant from the Moline Foundation to purchase audio/visual equipment. The equipment will be used during the Flying Monkeys and Flying Squirrels summer arts camps for children and teens, as well as for other arts programming at the Center.

Nan Crossman, Executive Director of the WCIAC, says “We are very grateful to the Moline Foundation for this generous grant. The audio/visual equipment will enhance our current programs and open up new opportunities for us to foster the arts in the region.”

The Moline Foundation (molinefoundation.org), founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations in the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois.

The WCI Arts Center (wciarts.org) is a non-profit organization whose goals are to provide a place for artists to gather and share their work, for learning and exploring all the arts and for active participation in arts related activities for all ages.


The Board of Directors of the WCI Arts Center would like to thank the Moline Foundation for their generous contribution towards our continuing development of a strong artistic community in West Central Illinois.

Mammoth to Minuscule: A Study in Scale

Mammoth to Minuscule Poster


West Central Illinois Arts Center is excited to announce the opening of Mammoth to Minuscule: A Focus on Scale at WCI Arts Center gallery. Exhibiting work in formats larger than average, more than three feet in diameter as well as very small work, an average of eight inches or less, this extraordinary work will surprise and delight in its extremes.

Mammoth to Minuscule will be in the WCIAC Gallery from October 21 through November 22. Gallery hours are 11am-3pm, Tuesday-Friday; 10am-4pm, Saturday. The public is invited to attend an opening reception and meet many of the artists on Friday, October 24, 4:30-6:30pm.

This will be the last exhibition in the WCI Arts Center for the 2014 Gallery Season. Our next event will be Art & Gift Market on December 12-14, 2014.

The West Central Illinois Arts Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a place for artists to gather and share their work, for people to enjoy learning & exploration of all of the arts, and provide opportunities for active participation in arts-related activities for all ages & abilities, levels of experience, and interests. With the generous support of our members, we provide an artistic outlet for the community & serve as an economic driver for businesses and services. Our overarching goal is to continue to advance the quality of life for all local and regional residents, guests, and friends.

Become a member and/or volunteer your time and skills to the WCI Arts Center today.

Calling All Photographers!!!

Spring 2014 -KMM

The West Central Illinois Arts Center will soon be hosting an exhibition of photographs. The title of this year’s show is Narrative Photography: Happy Places of the Mind.

All photographers are encouraged to share the ‘happy places of their mind’ which could be a person, place, or thing– whatever makes you happy. There is no entry fee for Members. A $15 hanging fee for Non-members is due upon delivery of the work to the gallery. You may submit up to 4 pieces. A brief explanation of 100 words or less must accompany each piece to explain why it puts you in a happy state of mind. Please fill out the entry form online at our website www.wciarts.org (Exhibitions/Submit Work for Exhibit). You may either include your narrative(s) in the Artist Statement box (please number)… or email the narrative(s) to me at gallery@wciarts.org.

All photos must be framed and ready to hang. The WCIAC Gallery uses and provides ‘S’ hooks for hanging.

Exhibition Timeline:

1) July 6 ~~~~ Deadline for your entry (including the written narratives)

2) July 20 / 3:00-4:00 ~~~~ Deliver photos to the WCIAC for Jurying. The $15 hanging fee for Nonmembers needs to be paid at this time (refunded if none of the photos make it into the show).

3) July 22 – August 16 ~~~~ Narrative Photography: Happy Places of the Mind exhibit. Gallery hours. Tues.-Fri. 11-3 / Sat. 10-4.

4) July 25 / 4:30-6:30 ~~~~ Public Opening Reception. Please plan to attend this festive event if you can and encourage all your friends to come too.

5) August 17 / 3:00-4:00 ~~~~ Please pick up your photographs; or make arrangements: gallery@wciarts.org.

I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s submissions. Please let me know if you have any questions or problems with the entry forms (gallery@wciarts.org).

Dean Rockwell
WCIAC Gallery Director

May WCIAC Newsletter!

Our May WCI Arts Center Newsletter just got pushed via email! Highlights include: Scavenger Hunt Information, Notes from the ED and a help wanted ad from the Communications Director with a plea for help! Also, if you’ve picked up amazing art treasures in your various travels we’d love to see it! Contact Dean at gallery@wciarts.org!

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2014 Light Up the Arts Center!

Trivia Night

Alert all you trivia buffs – artist or not!!! We had such a fun time at last year’s trivia night, we’re doing it again!

Trivia up!

Registration form can be downloaded and dropped off or sent in to the Arts Center. $10 per person registration fee can be dropped off or paid the night of the event. For more information please contact trivia@wciarts.org.

[Download Registration Form PDF]  or  [Submit Online Team Registration]


trivia flyer

2014 Registrtion

Blast off for 2014!

As the chair of the communications committee for the past year I have neglected the newsletter for the WCI Arts Center. This year we have so many new and exciting things planned we have to keep everyone up to date! Today we e-mailed our first newsletter of 2014 and will be snail mailing them to our wonderful members who don’t subscribe via email. I would like to personally thank our members for hanging with us while we tweak our organization into becoming an amazing source of arts news in the west central Illinois region!

It’s going to be an amazing year!

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We Are Looking For 2015 Gallery Exhibition Ideas

The Gallery Committee is now beginning to collect ideas for the 2015 season.

If you would like to be considered for a solo exhibition (or to be included in a small group exhibition), please let us know of your interest. We would also be interested in your ideas regarding themes or titles. We need to also see examples of your work.

Please supply us with one or more of the following:

  • your website address
  • email photos to gallery@wciarts.org
  • sendflashdrive of photos to:
    25 East Side of the Square
    Macomb  IL  61455
    Attn: Gallery Committee


View of WCI Arts Center during Exhibition

When our esteemed Gallery Director, Dean Rockwell, set up the upcoming exhibition of Three Kinswomen, we at the WCI Arts Center were thrilled to have Macomb natives Cathmar, Beckie and Meg Prange exhibiting their work in our amazing space. Since the initial planning of this exhibition, the ever talented Prange family has enlarged the exhibitors to include Amy and her daughter, Anna. The expansion of artists displaying their work also modulated the name change. What was initially Three Kinswomen expanded to Four Kinswomen and with addition of Anna, to Kinswomen. This is one of WCI Arts Center’s most anticipated exhibitions. Here, in Cathmar’s own words, is an explanation of Kinswomen’s evolution:

In 2001 the Kinswomen began when painter Cathmar Prange and her daughters, the fabric artist Meg Prange and the poet A.O. Spencer, collaborated to produce an exhibit they called the Three Kinswomen. They had already been sharing their creative endeavors since the daughters’ childhood. Suddenly, similarities in their work became obvious to Cathmar and Meg. When Amy noticed that her poetry would add a literary element to the duo, they allowed themselves to be inspired by one another’s work. This resulted in displays organized as triplets, art pieces that shared subject or some aesthetic aspect. During the next two years they exhibited as the Three Kinswomen in midwestern communities. The eldest daughter Beckie Prange, a woodcut printer, joined briefly to create the Four Kinswomen. After a hiatus of nearly ten years, Meg was invited to exhibit in Greenfield, Iowa. Because her inventory would not adequately fill the available space, she suggested that her mother might be interested in joining her. A Two Kinswomen exhibit evolved in 2012.

Now Beckie and Amy join them again to exhibit as the Four Kinswomen in their home town of Macomb, Illinois, at the West Central Illinois Arts Center on the square, October 25 through November 23, 2013. This time, visitors are invited to draw their own conclusions as to the similarities between their works.

We hope that our supporters of the arts will join us in welcoming the exhibiting members of the Prange family for our opening reception on October 25 from 6:30-8pm. Thank you for your continued support!