Register Now for our Arts Education Classes!

artseducation_spring2017_slider2Our popular classes return again this spring! Registration is now available for our popular K-12th grade classes. Hurry while there’s still availability!

New Exhibitions Open This Thursday

New exhibitions featuring the works of Timothy Norton, Heather Haymart, and Carol Zeman open this Thursday, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Casual artist talks will also be held from 6-8 p.m. that evening.


Timothy Norton’s from “NOWHEN”

Cerebral concepts interpreted through paintings and illustrated books


Carol Zeman’s “Riding the Tiger”

Carol Zeman: Spirit Wings
Ethereal sculptures of natural materials that communicate contemporary issues, mysteries, and spiritual topics


Heather Haymart’s “Releasing Control”

Heather Haymart: Far from Colorless:  A look beneath the surface
Tranquil paintings of thickly applied texture revealing a meditative and connective process

Exhibitions open October 27 – December 15. For more information on programs and exhibitions, please visit our website at .


Coming Soon! Art Scavenger Hunt

"Linger Longer Loo" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (detail)

“Linger Longer Loo” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (detail)

The Case of the Missing “Linger Longer Loo”

Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Title: Linger Longer Loo
Date: 1898
Medium: Lithograph

The year is 1898 and artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is distraught. Henri’s lithograph, Linger Longer Loo, is no longer lingering in its beautiful golden frame. Where has it gone? To the loo? Doubtful.

The artist needs you to solve the mystery. The police have five suspects. Read about each suspect, use hints in your field notes guide, and scour the city of Belleville for clues. Make it to the last location and submit your verdict to win.

As you begin your quest, we leave you these final words from the great Sherlock Homes: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

How to Play

To help you in your quest for the stolen artwork, you will need to read carefully the characters’ information, hints in the field notes when applicable, and clues at each Belleville site. Based on the information provided, one character should be eliminated as a suspect at each site unless otherwise noted in your journal. Use your field notes journal to help keep track. By the final location you will have two suspects left that could have done it, but which one? At that location you will find a box in which to submit your final answer.

Good luck!


The object of the game is to discover the answer to these three questions:
1. Who did it?
2. Where is the artwork?
3. Why did the person take it?


The mystery begins Tuesday, October 4, and will continue through Monday, October 31. All answers must be submitted at the final destination by October 31 at 3 p.m.
Please note: some clues may require additional research and some clue sites may have specific hours of operation. To find that information, you will need to go to that location’s website. Family members of staff from participating organizations are unable to play. Open to all ages. One entry per person.

Registration Open for Arts Ed Classes

Registration is now open for our popular fall semester classes. For every grade level, from kindergarten through high school, there’s something for every child and young adult!

For information and to register, visit

New Exhibitions Opening This Evening

Please join us this evening for the opening reception of exhibitions by Karen Rips & Paula Chung, Heather Woodson, and Prints from the Permanent Collection.

Exhibitions run August 11 – October 6, 2016


Karen Rips & Paula Chung’s “Lynn’s Spine I” from their exhibition “A View Within”


Christo’s “Wrapped Statues (Project for Der Glyptotek in Munich Aegean Temple)” from the Schmidt’s Permanent Collection

Heather Woodson's "Shame" from her exhibition "Boredom: Problem or Prvilege"

Heather Woodson’s “Shame” from her exhibition “Boredom: Problem or Prvilege”

New Exhibitions Now Open

June 9 – July 28, 2016

Ann Coddington & Kelly K Wright


Kelly K Wright : and I will dwell


Ann Coddington: senescence


More images available here.

2016 SWIC Student Show

Our annual exhibition of Southwestern Illinois College art students is now open through May 12th.

Visit for images of the award winners!