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About Us

Kishwaukee Valley Art League

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Are you looking for inspiration? Do you want to learn interesting art techniques, see professional demonstrations and expand your creativity or art experience? Join KVAL!

KVAL meetings are open to the public and held at 7:00 pm the first Thursday of each month at the Gallery on State, located at 322 West State Street in Sycamore, Illinois. We invite you to attend! Each meeting alternates between professional artist demonstrations and “Create with KVAL” challenges, where members have the opportunity to present creative results that interpret a current theme.



KVAL provides exhibit opportunities for members at several area venues including the Northern Illinois Art Show held yearly in June on the Sycamore Courthouse Lawn, an Affordable Art Sale held in September, our Holiday Arts and Crafts Market in November, year round displays at both the Sycamore and DeKalb Libraries, a website gallery, select general meetings and various local art shows. General meetings and indoor sales are held at the Gallery on State.


KVAL members are welcome to take advantage of volunteer opportunities including plein air painting events, helping with our general meetings, events, and programs. Our board positions are filled by volunteers!

KVAL’s year round “Art of Giving” philanthropy program supports local charities, art students and schools.


KVAL is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with over eighty members dedicated to encouraging the practice, promotion and appreciation of the arts in all media, and providing art education opportunities for all citizens of our community.

Kunes Car Convo with Alec Rossiter

Diversity Statement

The Kishwaukee Valley Art League (KVAL) welcomes artists and supporters of the arts of all ages, races, orientations, identities, abilities, national origins, faith traditions, and backgrounds.  We encourage and celebrate art of all kinds, including work from traditionally under-represented populations and pieces which explore diverse social, political, and cultural perspectives.  We are all enriched as people and as artists to the extent that we engage with the rich tapestry of humanity in all its variety.

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