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
e-mail: mitchellmuseum@cedarhurst.org
web: www.cedarhurst.org
Hours
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday1 PM - 5 PM
Mondayclosed
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
Mondayclosed
Closed Mondays & National Holidays
Admissions
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and national holidays
Museum Type(s)
Art
Services
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
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
Description

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!

Mission

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.

History

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.

Facilities

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

Publications

Cedarhurst Newsletter released twice a year and a Biennial Report.

  • https://cedarhurst.org/newsletter/
  • https://cedarhurst.org/support/biennial-report/
  • ADA

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    FACILITY RENTALS AT CEDARHURST

    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 rentals@cedarhurst.org | 618-242-1236 ext. 222.

    WORK WEEK RENTALS

    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.

    SPECIAL EVENT RENTALS

    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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    MUSEUM CONFERENCES
    Saturday, March 5 - Tuesday, March 8, 2022 — Richmond, Virginia
    Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference 2022
    Richmond, Virginia
    Sunday, March 6 - Thursday, March 10, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
    2022 Public Land Alliance Convention and Trade Show
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Wednesday, March 16 - Friday, March 18, 2022 — Kingsport, Tennessee
    Tennessee Association of Museums 2022 Annual Conference
    Kingsport, Tennessee
    Tuesday, March 22 - Friday, March 25, 2022 — Waco, Texas
    Texas Association of Museums 2022 - Growing Together: Tackling The Challenges Of Today & Tomorrow
    Waco, Texas
    Thursday, April 7 - Saturday, April 9, 2022 — Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    West Virginia Association of Museums 2022 Conference
    Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    Sunday, April 24 - Tuesday, April 26, 2022 — Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    PA Museums’ 2022 Conference
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    Sunday, May 15 - Saturday, May 28, 2022 — Statesboro, Georgia
    Center of Excellence Tick Workshop 2022
    Statesboro, Georgia
    Monday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 18, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
    InterActivity 2022: Play The Long Game -Association of Children's Museums
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Thursday, May 19 - Sunday, May 22, 2022 — Slinger, Wisconsin
    2022 Fire Museum Seminar
    Slinger, Wisconsin
    Sunday, June 19 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022 — Golden, Colorado
    2022 Country School Association of America Conference
    Golden, Colorado
    Thursday, June 23 - Tuesday, June 28, 2022 — Tacoma, Washington
    ALHFAM 2022 CONFERENCE & ANNUAL MEETING
    Tacoma, Washington
    Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022 — Owings Mills, Maryland
    ASSOCIATION OF NATURE CENTER ADMINISTRATORS 2022 ANNUAL SUMMIT
    Owings Mills, Maryland
    Wednesday, September 14 - Saturday, September 17, 2022 — Buffalo, New York
    American Association for State and Local History 2022 On-site and Virual Conferences
    Buffalo, New York