Last updated: 10/20/2021
Mount Vernon, Illinois
Street Address
2600 Richview Road
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
Mailing Address
PO Box 923
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
phone: 618-242-1236
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday1 PM - 5 PM
Closed Mondays & National Holidays
Extended Hours: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday10 AM - 8 PM
Sunday1 PM - 5 PM
Closed Mondays & National Holidays
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and national holidays
Museum Type(s)
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Hillary Esser, Executive Director
phone: 618-242-1236 x228
Heather Owens, Chief Financial Officer
phone: 618-242-1236 x229
Sarah Sledge, Director of Communications
phone: 618-242-1236 x223
Rusty Freeman, Director of Visual Arts
phone: 618-242-1236 x231
Jennifer Sarver, Director of Education
phone: 618-242-1236 x224
Carrie Gibbs, Director of Shrode Art Center
phone: 618-242-1236 x249
Courtney Kabat, Director of Visitor Engagement
phone: 618-242-1236 x222
Eric Gockel, Director of Operations
phone: 618-242-1236 x247
Vonda Jordan, Executive Assistant - Membership/Development
phone: 618-242-1236 x225
Tracy Schilling, Executive Assistant - Visual Arts/Education
phone: 618-242-1236 x248
Heather Beckley, Marketing Assistant
phone: 618-242-1236 x226

Discover Cedarhurst, and be amazed by the vast number of opportunities and events for all ages and interests...including you! Nurture your talents or learn something new at the Shrode Art Center. Bring your family to play and learn in our interactive Beck Family Center. Browse Cedarhurst's five art galleries and enjoy the ever-changing variety of exhibitions. Savor the sounds that fill the acoustic performance hall from a variety of talented musicians. Take a walk through the nationally recognized Goldman-Kuenz Sculpture Park, and drink in the beauty of Southern Illinois!


To generate enthusiastic participation in and support for the visual and performing arts in Mt. Vernon, southern Illinois and the surrounding region, and to provide opportunities for enjoyment of the arts and increased awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the arts.


An extraordinary personal art collection was the reason John and Eleanor Mitchell planned a museum in rural southern Illinois. The museum was built to house the couple’s collection of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings and artifacts. The significant collection included works from their friend and fellow collector John Parish, of Centralia. The Mitchells acquired their artwork over three decades, the result of suave business practices, luck, and adventurous exploration. In 1965, they established the Mitchell Foundation to build the Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst and create an institution that would continue to evolve into the premier art and cultural facility in southern Illinois. The Mitchell Museum opened in 1973 to enrich the lives of southern Illinois residents. Both John and Eleanor died before the museum was completed, but their legacy lives on, bringing the arts to life for all people who visit this unique oasis of art and nature that is Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.

Educational Programs

Youth themed exhibitions, children's art classes, docent program, gallery tours, school tours + art project ($1.50/each student), in-school art lessons, school performing arts, free online lesson plans/art projects/posters and scavenger hunts.


Mitchell Museum:

4 galleries, performance hall with stage & piano, grand corridor, commercial kitchen, offices and conference room.

Shrode Art Center:

1 gallery, ceramics studio, 2 art classrooms, offices.

Mitchell House:

Closed to the public, available for facility rentals.

Schweinfurth House:

Closed to the public, available for facility rentals. Performing Space with Piano, Kitchen, Conference Room, outdoor patio/courtyard, and pond with fountain.

Sculpture Park:

Nearly 80 acres with 70+ large scale sculptures featuring 2 ponds with fountains, natural wooded areas and walking trails.

Performance Areas


Cedarhurst Newsletter released twice a year and a Biennial Report.

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    Wheelchair Accessible





    Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is a cultural mecca spread over 80 acres. Our beautiful buildings and picturesque property create the perfect setting for all types of events. Four different venues offer different style and sizing capacities, and our friendly events team helps ensure your event comes to life just the way you imagine. To learn more about our rates and venues, or contact at | 618-242-1236 ext. 222.


    Cedarhurst strives to be a partner to regional businesses and support community development. Museum facilities have hosted training seminars, community luncheons, company retreats, and even mid-sized conferences.


    Cedarhurst aims to make all events unique and memorable. Museum facilities have hosted weddings, Christmas parties, class reunions, baby showers, and more.

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours

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