Photo Narratives

Learn how some of the region’s best photographers view west central Illinois by visiting the exhibit Photo Narratives from West Central Illinois at the West Central Illinois Arts Center in Macomb.

An opening reception for this juried exhibit will be held Friday, October 19, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The juror is regionally renowned photographer Jerry Granaman. A prize of $100 will be awarded to the photo Granaman considers “Best in Show,” and two photographers will receive $50 each as honorable mention awards. More than one dozen photographers submitted work for the show, which will remain on display through November 24.

Granaman is based in Fort Madison, Iowa. He began his career in the mid 1970s, and in recent years he has focused on photographing New Orleans life and culture. Granaman has made the transition from film to digital photography and states that he is “thrilled, fulfilled, and amazed with the new skills and new boundaries to explore.” His work has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and books.

Many of the photographers who submitted work for Photo Narratives from West Central Illinois will be on hand during the October 19 opening reception. The reception is free and open to the public and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The West Central Illinois Arts Center is located at 25 East Side Square on the historic courthouse square in Macomb. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

For more information, e-mail: or call (309) 836-2782. You can visit the West Central Illinois Arts Center online at