Established in 1985, the Illinois Artisans Shop was the first gallery of its kind in the state. It showcases one of the most diverse collections of handcrafted work in the Midwest. The Illinois Artisans Program focuses national attention on the rich heritage of the fine crafting that exists in Illinois. Juried artists participate in art sprees, craft festivals, exhibitions and other events held at three locations throughout Illinois.
- Illinois Artisans, Chicago, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. Suite 2-200, Chicago, IL 60601. Open Monday – Friday 9AM-5PM by the Clark/Lake EL stop.
- The Museum Store, Illinois State Museum, Springfield: Museum Events
- Dickson Mounds Museum Store, Lewistown, IL
At the Chicago gallery, visitors can browse work by over 350 artisans from throughout Illinois, and learn more about the process and materials from their knowledgeable staff. On display are jewelry, ceramics, metal, painting, wood, glass wearables and much more! My jewelry been part of the Chicago gallery since 2009 just after I started my business. I’m so grateful for the gallery’s support, which has been integral to building my business. Among the opportunities have been trunk shows and art sprees. I was also selected to design and create a brooch for “straight-shooter” Dawn Clark Netsch and an awardee who exemplified her leadership.
This month, I was selected to be part of Celebrating 30 years of Craft: Made in Illinois. An exhibition celebrating the Illinois Artisans Program at the State Street Gallery of Robert Morris College 401 S. State Street in Chicago, IL. The closing reception is Thursday, June 25th from 5-7pm.
If you find yourself downtown looking for a unique gift, please make a stop at the shop at Thompson Center, it’s really a treasure in the heart of the city!