Cedarhurst Center For The Arts

2600 Richview Road
618-242-1236

History:

Local philanthropists John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell created Cedarhurst for enjoyment and education. The Mitchells were active collectors for more than four decades and acquired a highly prized collection of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Upon their deaths, they left their entire estate for the benefit of residents and visitors in southern Illinois. Their legacy has been enjoyed by thousands of individuals since the Mitchell Museum opened November 2, 1973.

The Permanent Collection includes works by Thomas Eakins; Robert Henri, William Glackens, George Luks, John Sloan, Arthur B. Davies, and Maurice Prendergast, members of The Eight; Childe Hassam and J. Alden Weir, members of The Ten; and Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, among others.

Initiated, in 1992, Cedarhurst Sculpture Park combines art and nature on 90 acres of meadows, woods, pond and nature trail. The museum's open-air gallery features over 60 large-scale sculptures by many well-known artists, including Dennis Oppenheim, Alexander Liberman, Fletcher Benton and Chakaia Booker. A playful acquisition is Martha Enzmann's Dancers, a male and female figure that “dance” in the pond behind the Mitchell Museum.


Reviews

Amber Phelps

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Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

Absolutely beautiful place to visit. It's a hidden gem you may not expect from such a small town. There are beautiful paths to walk through the woods at the sculpture garden. If you are just passing through and need a little walk, I highly recommend a visit. The museum has very good exhibits for such a small museum. There is a really neat children's room that can keep kids busy for a pretty long time. My son's favorite is the large light brute.

Michelle Jones

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Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Such a gem in our small town. There is always something fun happening at Cedarhurst. Even if there isn't an event going on just visiting the galleries, the sculpture park, and the children's area is totally worth the stop.

Amanda Steele

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Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

This is one of the most interesting places I've ever visited. There is no admission fee on Thursday's, and the rest of the week it only costs $5. If you have the chance, go check out the outdoor sculptures. They are truly amazing!

Elizabeth Bazan

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Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Wonderful facilities, amazing collection and programs. Children's gallery is engaging, fun, and educational. Grounds and sculpture park are thoroughly enjoyable.

Kathleen Kelly

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Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

cedarhurst is a gem for southern IL. They manage to get top notch talent that always shines. The venue is in an art gallery that has different displays almost every time we go, If you want to support classical music and live performances , there isn't a better place to go unless you count St. Louis as part of southern IL.