Art + Galleries

Downtown Aurora is home to a number of galleries, museums, and festivals for every art lover’s taste. In recent year’s, downtown Aurora has become a burgeoning arts community and an exciting mecca of art resulting in new artist festivals and a free arts and culture magazine, Downtown Auroran.

ART EVENTS

First Fridays in Downtown Aurora
Aurora hosts a spontaneous art walk on the first Friday of every month at various downtown venues. Check the calendar for participating venues. Click HERE to watch a video of First Fridays in Downtown Aurora and see what it is all about!

ART GALLERIES IN DOWNTOWN AURORA

New Hites Studios and Gallery
14 W. Downer Pl., upstairs
www.new-hites-studios.com

Emergent @ Metropolitan Coworking
14 W. Downer, Ste. 16
Aurora, IL 60506

Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery
23 E. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60505
630-896-6666

The Mausoleum Art Gallery
213 S. River St.
Aurora Il 60505
630-718-2111
www.mausoleumgallery.com

The Mausoleum Art gallery is home to art with an edge. The gallery features paintings ranging from the abstract to the slightly macabre. The Mausoleum Art Gallery also has glass art for sale, and a 2000 square foot glass studio where they hold lampworking classes, as well as glass blowing demonstrations.

Aurora Art Studios
50 E Galena Blvd.
Aurora Il 60505
630-801-0818

Aurora Art Studios is a cooperative of area artists featuring water color, pen and ink sketches and mixed media work. The studios also hosts open gallery events, and features local artists. Aurora Art Studios is open by appointment only. They host an open house annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

David L. Pierce Art and History Center
20 E. Downer Pl.
Aurora Il 60505
630-906-0650

One of the oldest buildings in downtown Aurora is home to both the Aurora Historical Society and the Aurora Public Art Commission. The David L. Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Pl. is a three-story limestone-faced structure that was restored and reopened to the public as a museum in 1996; it was renamed in honor of the former mayor in 2003.
Each floor is filled with art and history; the first floor also houses a gift shop with plenty of Aurora-themed items.
It is free to visit the museum. Donations are appreciated.

Yetee Gallery
The popular internet t-shirt shop has its headquarters in downtown Aurora. Visit the hip storefront for unique items.
110 Cross St.
Aurora Il 60506

If These Walls Could Talk
32 S. Stolp Ave
Aurora Il 60506
331-212-5962
www.itwct.com

If These Walls Could Talk​ ​is ​a ​new custom frame shop and gallery located on Stolp Island in Aurora.  Customers are encouraged to bring their art and memories for framing that will last a lifetime.  For local artists, IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK​ ​offers gallery space to display their work.

Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center and Eco Arts Gallery
205 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
630-340-3634
greenbuddhalife.com

Green Buddha Life is a sustainability center and eco-art gallery in downtown Aurora. Stop in and take a look at the LEED-certified building featuring recycled artwork on the main floor.

VARA Design
15 W Downer Pl
Aurora Il 60505
630-907-7953
www.varadesign.com

VARA Design is a full service interior design firm.  We will help you avoid common errors and costly mistakes.  We will assist you throughout the design process so that you feel comfortable with your decisions.  We will work closely with you to make sure that the space is not only stunning, but practical and functional.  By working with an interior design professional, you are assured that your finished project will reflect your personal style and needs

Allen + Pepa Architects
121 W. Benton St.
Aurora, Il 60506
www.allenpepa.com

Located in the beautifully restored Holbrook Mill, Allen and Pepa Architects are well known for environmentally-friendly structures and a love of the arts. A gallery housed on the first floor showcases local artists on a rotating basis.

Art In City Hall
44 E Downer place
Aurora Il 60506

Sponsored by the Aurora Public Art Commission, a division of the Department of Community Services, Art In City Hall features two exhibits per year, representing a wide variety of artistic styles and traditions.

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner established the Art In City Hall series of exhibits in 2005, as a means of creating a more dynamic environment in Aurora’s City Hall. The Aurora Public Art Commission produces the shows, which occupy all 5 floors of the building at 44 E. Downer Pl. The Commission operates the David L. Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Pl., where it sponsors exhibits throughout the year.