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McKendree University Gallery of Art

Ex-Spiration, juried student exhibition is open to all McKendree students currently enrolled in a studio art course at McKendree University. Click on the Ex-Spiration link to view the artwork.


Congratulations to our winners!


$100 First Place: Summer Brooks, for Ambrosia
$75 Second Place: Allison Carnell, for October in the Park
$50 Third Place: Dea'veon Harden-Smith, for Ready Player 1
$25 Honorable Mentions:
Mackenzie Mendenhall, for Rococo Woman
Meina Rice, for Girl Staring Out
Abigail Rumpp, for Mushroom Valley
Alex Tinnin, for Ostrich Friend
Rio Tomlinson, for 1828


Crystal Vicars Head Shot Juror FA2020

Meet Crystal Vicars, our juror for Ex-Spiration, our Fall 2020 juried student exhibiton!

Crystal Vicars is a painter/collage artist and educator originally from the Indianapolis area. She received her MFA in Painting with Distinction, from Indiana State University (2009) and her BFA in Painting from Indiana State University (2003). Crystal is a dedicated educator and currently she is an Assistant Professor and Gallery Director for the Department of Art and Design at Marian University. Vicars’ current body of work is inspired by cartography and the ephemeral characteristic of nature. Using mixed media materials such as antique maps, thread, birch bark, and oil paint she creates textured surfaces that invite the viewer into a world of sewn layers. Crystal has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions including Contemporary Landscapes, a national juried group show at the Hilliard Gallery in Kansas City Missouri and the California Open National Juried Exhibition at TAG in Los Angeles, California.


The McKendree University Gallery of Art is moving to a new, on campus location!

Our new space is under renovation and will open to the public in Spring 2020.

The Fall 2020 Juried Student Exhibition, Ex-Spiration, will be viewable online. Please watch this space for more information.


Did you know?

The McKendree University Gallery of Art has hosted more than 60 artist exhibitions since opening in 2011?

More than 3,000 guests have attended our public receptions?

The gallery has installed exhibitions at Hettenhausen Center for the Arts lobby four times since 2011?

We've displayed McKendree student artwork in 21 separate exhibitions!

Artists from all over the country have painted the town over six times during our annual Get Out! Paint Out! plein air painting event!



Celebrate our seniors, Toinette Jones and Allison Woodhouse!

Hidden in Art, paintings and digital artworks by Toinette Jones and

Life Behind the Lens, photography by Allison Woodhouse are available online.


 Congratulations to our Varsity Art XXIII artists, Kate Maag and Allison Woodhouse! 

Varsity Art XXIV 

VARSITY ART 24th ANNUAL EXHIBIT “Varsity Art XXIV” is a multi-media invitational visual art exhibition featuring works by 40 undergrad and grad level art students of all ages representing 20 St. Louis regional colleges and universities from Missouri and Illinois. This annual exhibit is a collaboration between Art Saint Louis and the participating collegiate institutions, their art faculty and students. Art Saint Louis’ Artistic Director works closely with art Professors & faculty at the area’s colleges and universities, inviting the Professors to select two outstanding art students to represent their art department and institution in our annual show. This year’s exhibit presents 40 artworks in a variety of media, including ceramics, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. The themes represented in this show are representative of contemporary art and trends. 

We invite you to view images from the exhibit in the Facebook album here. You can also find the Facebook event here for the opening reception and exhibit.




The McKendree University Gallery of Art is located at 224 West Saint Louis Street

in historic Lebanon, Illinois. 


Hours: 1-4 Thursday-Saturday. Summer & winter break hours may vary.

Exhibitions and artist receptions are free and open to the public.


For more information about McKendree University Gallery of Art exhibitions and events contact


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Students applying for gallery attendant positions please click here for more information.



Reserve the gallery for your special function. The gallery is an ideal venue for presentations of up to 20 people.