The inaugural exhibition of the Illinois Governor’s Mansion, Art of Illinois examines the creative achievement of fine and applied arts practitioners working in Illinois from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. In more than 100 paintings, sculptures, works of furniture, and examples of metalwork, ceramics, and glass, Art of Illinois emphasizes the historical depth and richness of the state’s artistic legacy, the diversity of Chicago’s and Illinois’ creative community, and the ways the places and people of Illinois, especially Chicago, have inspired artists. Drawn from collections statewide, the exhibited works showcase the variety of settings—from museums and galleries to historic sites and educational institutions—in which the state’s art and design heritage is preserved and presented. 

Art of Illinois is free to the public; please see our tour information page for more information.

The exhibition is organized by curators Wendy Greenhouse and Sharon Darling and collections manager Terri Sinnott. 

A 180-page catalogue of the exhibition, featuring full-color reproductions of every object as well as overview essays by the curators, is available from the Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association for $25. To order copies, email

Click the images below to scroll through a selection of works in the exhibition. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors.