Past Exhibits

May 2018 – August 2018
rePORT: Introducing the Artists of unLOCK

This exhibition brings together eleven visionary artists who will be reimagining Lockport’s heritage and entrepreneurial spirit in the upcoming summer art series, unLOCK: Merging Art & Industry in Downtown Lockport, IL. Showcasing the artists’ past work, rePORT offers insight into the eclectic practices and creative strategies that will be employed to create new installations for the Summer of 2018

March through May 2018

The Artist Guild of Lockport’s NEW EXHIBIT, Transcendence | A TAGOL Exhibition is open for viewing at our 3rd Floor Gallery. The exhibition will have a closing reception on March 1st, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Artwork and prints are for sale. A portion of all proceeds goes to support further art programming at the Gaylord Building. Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

October 2016 to January 2018
Unlocking the Past: From Prison to Vision

–The exhibit highlights community efforts in the preservation and adaptive reuse of the Old Joliet Prison.

Historians and preservationists recognize the value of the everyday places that make up the fabric of communities—places that played a role in local history and culture.  The Old Joliet Penitentiary embodies a history that few people know and that reveals many ways this site is truly iconic—in architecture and design, collections, culture, and in labor reform practices.  This is a history that tells a story of the prison’s significance and value as a place that matters.  This exhibit explores historic preservation as a tool for advancing a multitude of community interests and needs, and as a means of rethinking the function of the Old Joliet Penitentiary —a timely question as the community considers the role and economic development value of the old fortress and its future.

Through the preservation of stories and memories, objects, and the sharing of ideas and visions, governmental agencies, environmentalists, historians, residents, and other regional stakeholders are working together to reimage the aging facility before it decays beyond repair.  The question remains:  What, ultimately, should the redeveloped prison become?

Learn how a diverse cross section of disciplines is working in tandem to collaborate on preserving not only the site of the Old Joliet Penitentiary, but its unique history as one of the largest, most infamous prisons in the history of Illinois.

December 2016 to May 2017
Lincoln Landing

An exhibition created by the Give Something Back Foundation that tells the story behind the individuals and organizations who created the dynamic space that is today known as the Lincoln Landing. The Lincoln Landing, which was dedicated by the Lockport Community on the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to improve America’s transportation networks, especially the Illinois and Michigan Canal.

The exhibit also explains the logistic ideals behind the Lincoln Landing’s landscape design and  long horizontals which reflect the landing’s history and earlier uses. Visitors can learn about Artist David Ostro and his creation of the life-size three-headed sculpture of Abraham Lincoln that resides within the story circle on Lincoln Landing near The Gaylord Building.

Visit this exhibit to learn more about Lincoln’s connection to the Lockport Community and the dedication of the Lincoln Landing.

October to December 2016
Unlocking the Past: Larissa Barnat’s Joliet Prison Photographs

June to October 2016
Lockport Summer Art Series Trading Card Exhibit

— This exhibit displayed enlarged versions of the City of Lockport’s Summer Art Series Trading Cards. As part of the Summer Art Series, residents and visitors to the area would pick up a map and visit different participating locations/businesses throughout the city to find all 40 trading cards and read the stories on them. All cards have fantasy stories on them about the character featured. Some of the characters being fictional, and some with connections to the city of Lockport.

June to October, 2016
Discarded Memories by Kass Copeland

–This exhibit featured mixed-media art pieces that were created using discarded furniture and household items found in the alleys of the artist’s Chicago neighborhood.  “Often returning to childhood stories and rhymes as resources, her work is rooted in this narrative foundation. Like joining words together to form a story, her pieces reveal themselves as new objects with completely separate histories.”

February 4 to June 20, 2016
Unlocking the Past: Larissa Barnat’s Joliet Prison Photographs

–The exhibit highlights community efforts in the preservation and adaptive reuse of the Old Joliet Prison. A student at Lewis University, Barnat visited the prison site in Fall 2015 with the objective of photographing the architectural elements visible from outside the prison walls. Her images capture the unique legacy of William W. Boyington, one of Illinois’ most important early architect.

This exhibit also marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act – Preservation50. Although there is much to celebrate, there is still much work to be done. Larissa’s images have the power to spark the imagination and capture this historical moment.

February 20 to May 20, 2015
Lockport on View: Canal Community
–The exhibit features historical photographs of one of the preserved canal communities in the United States. H.H. Carter photographs are at the center of this exhibit. Carter’s early 20th century images provide keen insight into the community. Other images from Lewis University’s Adelmann Regional History Center Collection will be included.

February 20 to May 20, 2015
Visions of the I and M Canal National Heritage Corridor at 30
–The exhibit utilizes rarely displayed images that attempt to capture the scope of the nation’s first National Heritage Corridor that stretches 96 miles from Chicago to LaSalle, IL.

June 13 to August 3, 2014
Jason Brammer: Time Machines, Relics and Portals
–A solo artist exhibition featuring steampunk themed pieces; sponsored by the City of Lockport  and curated by the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery.

February 12, 2009 to January 15, 2012
Abraham Lincoln and the I&M Canal
–The display examined the connections between our 16th President and the historic waterway.

September 17, 2011 to January 15, 2012
Places, Pieces and People that Matter
–The display Celebrated Will County’s 175th Anniversary.

October 6, 2010 to September 4, 2011
Lines and Shadows, Discovering the Adelmann Collection
–The exhibit highlighted the diverse collection of canal and regional history artifacts at Lewis University.

October 30, 2009 to December 12, 2010
Lincoln Landing from Dream to Reality
— A display that took a detailed look at the development of the nation’s newest park honoring America’s 16th President.

October 27, 2007 to September 12, 2010
Celebrating Twenty Years: The Gaylord Building on the Public Landing, 1987-2007
–An exhibit that commemorated the historic site’s past, present and future as a unique place.

June 25 to August 6, 2010
Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience
–A travelling exhibit from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum brought to Lockport through a partnership with the Des Plaines Valley Public Library District (now White Oak Library District).

August 21 to September 16, 2009
Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America
–A travelling exhibit from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum brought to Lockport through a partnership with the Des Plaines Valley Public Library District (now White Oak Library District).

May 24 to October 7, 2007
Jewels of the Past: Historic Preservation in the Corridor
–A photographic essay by student of Lockport Township High School.

January 16 to May 17, 2007
Worth: The Friendly Village with Small Town Charm
–Created by the Worth Historical Society.

January 20 to April 1, 2007
Generations of Pride: African-Americans in Illinois
–A traveling exhibit from the Illinois Association of Museums.

December 12, 2006 to January 19, 2007
Lincoln Through the Years, 1846-1865
–A traveling exhibit from the Illinois Association of Museums.

October 10 to December 10, 2006
World War II: Posters of Illinois
–A traveling exhibit from the Illinois Association of Museums.

August 1 to October 8, 2006
Bar None: 125 Years of Illinois Women Lawyers
–A traveling exhibit from the Illinois Association of Museums.

May 18, 2006 to May 18, 2007
Navy Pier: Gateway to the I & M Canal Corridor
–A photographic essay by students of Lockport Township High School.