Art, Design & Culture

Stephenson County values the arts from performances at Winneshiek Theatre, to exhibits at the Freeport Art Museum, to a good book or lecture at the Freeport Public Library. Explore the many organizations, events and businesses that highlight art, design and culture in Freeport and Stephenson County.


Freeport Art Museum

Established in 1975, The Freeport Art Museum (FAM) is housed in a converted brick school built in 1911. What originally began with the extensive W.T. Rawleigh collection, is now home to numerous exhibits from regional and traveling contemporary artists. The museum’s vision is to contribute to the vibrancy and revitalization of the Freeport community by becoming the region’s foremost resource and destination for art. Stop by to tour the vast collections the Freeport Museum has to offer or sign your children up for any number of the arts programs offered!

ADDRESS:
121 N Harlem Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032


Zealous Art & Tattoo

This custom tattoo shop and art studio established in 2010 and moved to a historic house appropriately named The Unicorn near downtown Freeport, is a staple within the community culture. Stop in for a piercing or ink of your own by their friendly staff – each offering their own unique styling to their mastery. Downstairs houses Elliott Graphix – an extension of the business that offers custom screen printing and signs. Owned by Josh and Jamie Elliot, their team and them host frequent art classes for children and annual events like Tatto-a-Thon.

ADDRESS:
653 W Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032


Freeport Public Library

Freeport Public Library believes that, in many ways, a library is like a community living room: a dynamic resources and welcoming destination where people can learn, grow and assemble throughout their lives. Contemporary libraries like theirs help individuals and entire communities stay vital and energetic. Freeport Public Library is home to a large collection of book titles (over 110,000), meeting rooms, diverse programs and much more. This library is more than books on a shelf, it’s a meeting place to share culture, history and community.

ADDRESS:
100 E Douglas St.
Freeport, IL 61032


American Garage Art Museum

Newly opened American Garage Art occupies the oldest car dealership building in Freeport, IL. Built in 1928 for Freeport Buick, the newly restored and repurposed building holds tremendous history that owner Larry Pittsley hopes to unveil. Now home to retro goods, custom t-shirts, antiques and more – this art gallery and shop specializes in handmade local art and spotlights our history and culture. You’ll find American Garage on Spring St. in historic Downtown Freeport.

ADDRESS:
30 W Spring St.
Freeport, IL 61032


Winneshiek Playhouse

Hailed as one of the oldest, continuous all-volunteer amateur theatres in the nation, Winneshiek Playhouse in downtown Freeport is an organization of people devoted to the development and enjoyment of theatre arts since 1916. The years have seen hundreds of first-rate productions of comedy and drama within the historic walls of this charming venue. Visit their website for the full list of upcoming productions so you can experience the artistry for itself!

ADDRESS:
228 W Clark St.
Freeport, IL 61032