University Galleries of Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

In partnership with the Town of Normal, and in an effort to strengthen its off-campus presence, Illinois State University located its primary art exhibition space into the Town’s new multi-modal transportation facility. This newly constructed facility brings high-speed rail, bus, auto, and bicycle routes together at the center of Normal’s Uptown neighborhood. The galleries further enliven this recreated neighborhood, which now houses a variety of retail, dining, educational, cultural, and recreational activities. The 8,300 square foot ground-level space provides ISU with a visible and easily accessible location for the community to engage in its flourishing fine art programs.

The design provides several gallery settings for the display of contemporary art from both emerging and established artists. A simple finish palette provides a sophisticated backdrop allowing the art to take center stage. Each gallery is equipped with specialized lighting, audio-visual, and technology systems to accommodate a variety of media.  A centralized lobby allows each gallery to operate together or independently, allowing for the installation of new shows in one while the other galleries remain open to the public.


Client: Illinois State University and Town of Normal

Developer: Tartan Realty Group

Associate Architect: Vinci | Hamp Architects

General Contractor: Mangieri Companies, Inc.

MEP Engineer: IMEG

Structural Engineer: Sound Structures

Acoustical Engineer: Shiner Acoustics

Lighting Designer: Lux Populi

Photgrapher: Mariusz Mizera Photography