Our Art Gallery

Our Art Gallery

Featuring Local Artists All Year Long!


Common Ground strives to be the center of a vibrant inclusive community and one that is alive with art.

Our gallery is located in our highly utilized Flatlander Classroom, a space dedicated to connecting the community, facilitating educational opportunities focusing on healthy living, and providing access to local artists. This multi-use space is ideal for integrating the arts into the urban environment and creating partnerships among artists, the community, and businesses.

Local Artist Hua Nian

Pen and Ink Drawings



Shown here is Urbana-based artist Hua Nian's collection of pen and ink drawings of dancers and musicians. Minimalist rather than overly detailed, her sparing use of lines serves to capture a scene just enough to allow the viewer to expand it using their own imagination.


Hua Nian's pen and ink drawing adventure started when her children were little. Earlier, she practiced as a photojournalist and taught photography in a college for years. Drawing has changed her way to record life. She uses her "eyes, mind, and hand to trace the images, rather than a quick click on the camera". Her work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally. She is currently an exhibiting artist and instructor at Hua Nian Art Studio, 1308 South race Street, Urbana, Illinois.


Stop by the classroom to see more amazing pieces from Hua!


Local Food For All Mural

Design and Mural by Madelyn Witruk


This project was funded by a 2021 grant from the Urbana Arts and Culture Program and the mural was designed and painted by local artist, Madelyn Witruk. The mural encapsulates images of the local food movement, food access, diversity of Urbana residents, cultural cuisines, and highlights imagery from our local farms, like Blue Moon Farm, Sola Gratia Farm, and Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery. This artwork aims to serve as a celebration of Urbana's uniqueness, including its strong local food system, its vibrant art community, and its warm, inclusive culture.

Call for Local Artist

Show Your Local Art in Our Gallery

We are always looking to install new local artists in our Art Gallery.


Apply to Showcase Your Work