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Photographs above: "Life at the Speed of Color" by Renee Mavigliano. Floral Portrait by Vicki Rawlins. Sculpture by Uzikee. Uncle Sam poster by James Montgomery Flagg.

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October 28, 4 - 7 p.m.
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An evening Celebrating the Creativity of our Students and Community,
A farewell to Dona Bachman, Director of the University Museum, and
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Read Alison Erazmus' Story of her Experience as a Guest Curator for ArtPrize8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan »

The Rachel Gordon Fischoff Faculty Curatorial Fellowship

Dona Bachman, Director of the University Museum at SIU, announces that Rachel Gordon Fishoff, a writer, art mentor and longtime University Museum Patron, will annually fund a $1,000 fellowship for a SIU faculty member to do research in the University Museum’s collection with the purpose of producing a public exhibition.  Half of the fellowship money will be awarded at the beginning of the project and half will be awarded at the conclusion.

Fischoff commented, “I have experienced the joy of being a guest curator, of working with the University Museum staff to produce a public exhibition of selected art and artifacts from the museum's strong collection.  I learned about writing wall labels, vetting the credits, designing the layout and publicizing the exhibit."

"Fischoff continued, "I relished the opportunity, the work and the collaboration so I am especially excited to see themed proposals from SIU faculty.  The Museum's archives are a wondrous place, rich with intriguing pieces of cultural history and stunning examples of the sciences and the arts.”

A primary criterion which Fischoff is adamant about is that the exhibit's tone and presentation must be grounded in universality. "It should attract everyone," she said, "It should communicate to everyone: academics, SIU students and all of Southern Illinois's varied and vibrant populations."

Fischoff will join the Museum staff in determining the winner of the fellowship.“We're encouraging imaginative proposals," Fischoff continued, "We'll look at everything, including exhibit ideas that are joint projects, Professor and class students or two Professors from different disciplines working together."

The proposed timeline stretches over three semesters beginning with this Fall, 2016, when proposals are due.  The winner will be announced in December of 2016. Work begins in the Spring of 2017, selecting artifacts with approval of the Curator of Anthropology, Susannah Munson and the planning and design of the exhibition with the assistance of Curator of Exhibits, Alison Erasmus. SIU Fall semester of 2017 will see the installation of the exhibition.