The Gilbert Gallery opened in July 2017. It is owned and operated by retired art teacher Ilene Corman Silverman. The gallery is a space primarily dedicated to exhibiting artwork created by local artists. Its presence is intended to provide the community a positive cultural experience and exposure to art making in a variety of mediums and techniques. The Gilbert Gallery provides artists with a professional art setting to show and market their work at affordable prices.
The gallery is housed in an architecturally pleasing late 1800s Victorian building which has undergone significant changes in façade and purpose. Historical pictures of the building and street are displayed in the public hallway of the gallery. The interior of the gallery has high ceilings, oak trims, and two twelve-foot doors that are quite extraordinary.
The Gilbert Gallery hopes to become a well-known face in the Urbana Arts community. In addition to showing an array of art pieces for sale, the gallery space is available for other purposes, including art classes, drawing studio hours, private art shows, meetings, and private entrepreneurial events. The gallery is active in community festivals and art events.