Art Gallery

Featuring Emerging Local Artists All Year Long!

Common Ground strives to be the center of a vibrant community. Our owners believe that a vibrant community is 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 business. This year, we will be hosting two artist at a time, allotting each artist a locked case that is 8’ long x 44’’ high x 4’’ wide. We always welcome kids and group shows to apply!

Newest Installations of Two Local Artists: Mary Ciaccio & Tom Layman

Color and Dream by Mary Ciaccio


Mary Ciaccio's Artist Statement:

Scribing for Nature...I feel inspired to interpret nature on my canvas. I feel a responsibility as an artist to bring that interpretation to you, the viewer. As I work in my studio, I experiment with different styles and research artists to expand my art thinking. My paintings change and grow, as a result. My hope is that you, the observer, will see my offerings of art and arrive at your own art conclusions. 

My gallery, Marm Studio Gallery, is one way that allows me to bring my art to you. There are several local artists showing their work at Marm’s. Classes are offered, as well as Art Talk sessions. Marm’s was also a venue for Boneyard Art Festival. Check it out on Facebook for more information.

To purchase artwork, contact Mary Ciaccio:

Marm Studio Gallery

917 W. White St.

Champaign IL 61821


Luminous Meadowbrook by Tom Layman

Tom Layman's Artist Statement:

In my many years doing nature photography I've been published by Sierra Club calendars, Hallmark cards, Farm & Ranch Living and other publications. During my six years in southern Ohio I was a part of a tri-state art show circuit of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky where I won numerous awards.Meadowbrook Prairie is one of my favorite peaceful places to photograph, especially in the early morning with the trill of a Red-Winged Blackbird breaking the silence. Through four seasons the prairie lends itself to constantly changing qualities of light.

To purchase work, please contact Tom Layman: