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Photographs above: “Untitled” by Kay M. Pick Zivkovich, Pink Thai Headdress, Jeremy Crawford and students from Cobden High School, Dire Wolf skull

Notice of Temporary Closure

Thank you for your interest in the Universtiy Museum. We have closed temporarily as of July 1, 2017, due to the ongoing state budget issues.

We plan to resume operations once a permanent state budget provides enough support to staff the museum so that we can provide the quality experience our visitors expect. Meanwhile, we are maintaining the museum's collections for the future.

We appreciate your patience and your commitment to the University Museum.

Call for Entries: The Green Room

As a part of the University Museum’s ongoing Community and Collections Exhibit program, we invite artists to submit to our summer exhibition, “The Green Room.” For this exhibition, we invite all visual artists to submit artworks that include the color green and its variations. But we also invite artists to consider other themes associated with the word ‘green.’ Artworks can address ‘green’ themes such as environmentalism, sustainability, money, or even reflect the show business term ‘green room,’ a room where entertainers go immediately before or after performing. We’d like to see how your work adds to the definitions of ‘green.’  In addition to the community art, the Museum staff will select items from the Museum’s collection that also reflect the green theme for display alongside selected artworks.


For submissions, please send up to 3 examples of your work by Wednesday June 7, 2017 to be considered for the exhibit. Entries should be sent via email to Alison Erazmus at Artists will be notified about their acceptance shortly after the deadline and must have work delivered to the Museum and ready to hang/install by June 12, 2017.

  • Images should be sized to 1200 pixels on the longest dimensions and saved as a JPEG image.
  • Title each file with your first initial, last name, and number (e.g. ASmith_1.jpg).
  • Include in your email a brief artist resume, a corresponding image list, and 200-word artist biography.


  • Artwork cannot be more than 60 inches in any dimensions
  • All artwork must be ready to hang/install. This means that you must have your work framed and wired, or you must provide the necessary stands/mounts for you work. The museum will provide pedestals. Any work not ready to install will not be included in the exhibition.
  • All artists (student or not) are invited to apply. Must be 18 years old.
  • If your work is accepted, we must list an Insurance Value for each piece and complete a loan agreement. You may also put a sale price on it, if you wish.

Submissions Due: June 7, 2017.
Notifications via email: June 9, 2017.
Drop off of accepted work to the Museum (the museum will not cover shipping and asks for hand deliveries): June 12, 2017.
Show length: June 16  – September 1, 2017 (we ask you do not remove the object during this time).

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Joseph To Receive Fellowship:

Professor Allison Joseph, Department of English

Professor Allison Joseph in SIU's Department of English is the first recipient of the Rachel Gordon Fischoff Faculty Curatorial Fellowship.

Allison JosephProfessor Joseph, who teaches creative writing and poetry, will curate an exhibition about contemporary ekphrastic poetry that is influenced by the University Museum’s collection of art. According to Professor Joseph: “Using the collection here at SIUC, I would teach a series of classes on how to approach using poetry to write about visual art. As a poet myself, I find great solace and inspiration in writing about visual art. I often head to the University Museum to clear my mind and get my own creative juices flowing, and I would welcome the fellowship’s funding to give me an extra incentive to really wrestle with some of the artwork in our campus collection.”

Professor Joseph will be developing the exhibition from now until it opens at the University Museum in January 2018. The exhibition will display works from the collection alongside poetry written by SIUC students and Illinois residents. Rachel Gordon Fischoff, one of the selection committee members and founder of the fellowship said, "Dr. Joseph is a gifted and pro-active poet. I anticipate a strong and energizing presentation when she combines the drama of ekphrastic poetry with the visual arts from The University Museum's collections." Alison Erazmus, Curator of Exhibits at the University Museum said, “I love it when creative writers work with our exhibits and develop projects from there. They blend visual and written communication in the most stunning ways. It’s the kind of viewer engagement we strive for in the museum world.”

Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. She serves as Poetry Editor of Crab Orchard Review. Her books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand Press), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press), Worldly Pleasures (Word Tech Communications). Joseph is the literary partner and wife of poet and editor Jon Tribble.

The University Museum’s mission is to make creativity and scholarship visible and exciting for the University and the larger Southern Illinois community. The Museum has been a part of the campus of Southern Illinois University since 1874 with the opening of Southern Illinois Normal University. The Museum’s collection is comprised of over 70,000 objects in the fields of humanities, arts, and science. For more information about the University Museum, please go to

(Photo of Joseph taken by Rusty Bailey of SIU Photocommunications.)