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.


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!


Fox Art Studio
9 S. Stolp Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506

The Back Room @ Metropolitan Coworking
14 W. Downer, Ste. 16
Aurora, IL 60506

Contact Matt Hook to rent The Back Room at Metropolitan Coworking for your next event or art opening.

Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery
23 E. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60505

Paramount’s upstairs gallery is grand with large walls full of exquisite works of art. Opens seasonally during First Fridays and features prominent local artists. Open to the public during performances.

The Mausoleum Art Gallery
213 S. River St.
Aurora Il 60505

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

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.

The Pierce Center
20 E. Downer Pl.
Aurora Il 60505

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.

If These Walls Could Talk
32 S. Stolp Ave
Aurora Il 60506

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.

Stolp Island Art Center
Located at The Mayan
Aurora Il 60506

Currently being funded, this arts center hopes to open in 2018 in the historic Mayan at Stolp Avenue and Benton Street.

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.

Former 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.