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Explore the art and visual culture of the state of Illinois at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery! Part of the...
Explore the art and visual culture of the state of Illinois at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery! Part of the Illinois State Museum system, this branch site opened its doors on May 3, 1987, and features changing exhibitions of art created by past and present Illinois artists. Located on the first floor of the historic Norton Building—a massive limestone structure built around 1850 as a grain-processing center on the Illinois & Michigan Canal—the museum offers visitors of all ages opportunities to discover and reflect in spacious, light-filled galleries that unite the past and present. Group tours and specially planned events provide added dimension to the rotating display of paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, works on paper, and multi-media installations, as well as decorative, archeological and ethnographic objects. The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is located in downtown Lockport, Illinois, the heart of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. Lockport is 35 miles southwest of the Chicago Loop at the crossroads of Illinois Routes 7 & 171. Free parking is directly in front of the building and dining, shopping, a recreational trail and a nature preserve are just steps away. Admission is FREE. Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday, noon – 5 pm. Closed Saturdays and State holidays, and during exhibition changes. Wheelchair accessible. On display through April 13, 2014, is the exhibition "sketches, journals, preparations. . . Everything in Place." This exhibition focuses on the preparatory materials kept “at hand” that both inspire and document the creative process. Rarely seen outside of the studio or field, these preparations record all stages of the creative process, from the spark of an idea through the proposal of a final project. Likewise, they offer a glimpse of what is happening in the personal life of the maker, their insights and responses to the world around them. The exhibition includes the work of 29 artists. Also included are archaeological sketch maps from the late 19th century and the mid-20th century, plus species identification drawings.