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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

Special Event: A Night at the University Museum

University Museum Gallery Pub Crawl Fundraiser

Join us from 5-7 p.m. April 8 for a fun evening at the University Museum. Meet with artists & explore our innovative exhibits all while tasting locally brewed beer! Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 per person.

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Rachel Gordon Fishoff Faculty Curatorial Fellowship at the University Museum:
Calls for Proposals

About the fellowship:

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. 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.”

Call for proposals:

The University Museum seeks proposals from current SIUC faculty who are interested in curating an exhibition for the University Museum’s upcoming exhibition schedule. With the generous funding from Rachel Gordon Fishoff, the University Museum is offering $1,000 stipend to curate an original exhibition using the University Museum’s collection. The University Museum has 70,000 objects in its history, art, ethnographic and science collections. We welcome proposals from all members of the faculty on SIUC’s campus.


Please submit a proposal, no more than 500 words, describing the kind of exhibition you wish to curate. In addition to a proposal, please include your CV that lists prior exhibits experience, (not required to receive the fellowship). You must be a current member of the faculty or staff at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. You must be able to complete the curation of the exhibition by Spring 2018 (January 2018). Your exhibition proposal should consider the museum’s existing collections as a catalyst to determine the exhibitions content and theme.

If you are not familiar with the museum’s collection, we invite you to visit our archive by contacting Susannah Munson, the museum’s curator at You can also view some of our collection online at


Please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words and your CV by April 15, 2017. Please submit proposals by email to Alison Erazmus, by then. Notifications about the fellowship will go out before the end of the spring 2017 semester.