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Exhibitions Fall 2016

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R. Mavigliano's

Celebrating a Shared Life in Art: Renée & George Mavigliano

Exhibit: August 22 - December 9
Reception: September 16, 4 - 7 p.m.

For more than 50 years George and Renée Mavigliano have shared a life in art. This visual continuum, working side by side at times, has provided the opportunity to share ideas. Their styles and working habits are considerably different. George is a retired SIUC professor of Art History who draws frequently in the commonplace books which he hand-binds. Renée did her MFA in fibers at SIUC and currently paints and produces paper sculpture after completing a career of teacihng art at John A. Logan College. Despite their stylistic differences, art is the thread that ties together their professional and private lives.

Uzikee sculpture


Exhibit: September 6 - December 9
Reception: September 16, 4 - 7 p.m.

Allen "Uzikee" Nelson has sculpture throughout Washington, DC. A 1965 graduate of SIU with a degree in Engineering Technology, Uzikee kept his hand on another interest of his even while teaching at the University of the District of Columbia for many years. His other interest was making art. In 1970 he created his first major work of art — a fifteen foot steel sculpture commissioned by the NAACP for a neighborhood park in Peoria, Illinois. His work has been featured at Howard University, the Martin Luther King Library, the Industrial Bank of Washington and many other venues.

floral portrait of frida kahlo

Transient Beauty: Floral Portraits by Vicki Rawlins

Exhibit: August 22 - October 1
Reception: September 16, 4 - 7 p.m.

Vicki Rawlins creates works of arts by assembling them out of foliage. She uses no adhesives or anything that would hold odwn her arrangement. Then she photographs the work. She writes, "Because I"m working with live plants that shrivel I can only fuss and tweak so much before I can take a photo to capture what I've done. Once it's photographed I just slide it all off the paper or board where most goes back outside into Mother Nature. (Left: "Fall Frieda" [Kahlo]).

red navajo rug

By Chance and by Design: Diné (Navajo Nation) Weavings,

from the Collection of Richard and Linda Helstern

Exhibit: August 22 - October 1
Reception: September 16, 4 - 7 p.m.

For over 60 years, Richard and Linda Helstern have collected 20th Century Navajo weavings. Responding first to the artistry of the rugs, the Helsterns came to collect in a systematic way, hoping to represent the variety and richness of the Navajo weaving tradition.

sims logo

SIMS' 9th Annual Form, Fabricate, Forge

Exhibit: October 28 - November 12
Reception: October 28, 4 - 7 p.m.

Each year the Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society (SIMS) brings distinguished metalworkers to campus for lectures and workshops. They also organize an exhibition showcasing current metalwork.

Paschke paintingArtists React to War

Curated by Dona Bachman

Throughout the 20th Century, artists and citizens were confronted with wars. Whether participants or not, all had strong feelings about these wars. This exhibit presents the works of varied artists who commented directly on war. (Left: Ed Paschke's "General Dictatorial Prototype, University Museum, 2012.34/55)

Uncle Sam posterThe 20th Century Wars & Their Impact on Southern Illinois

Curated by Dona Bachman, Eric Jones, and Ethan Richardson

Exhibit: August 22 - December 9
Reception: September 16, 4 - 7 p.m.

2016 marks some dramatic anniversaries: the 75th anniverary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II, the 99th anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI, and the 80th anniversary of the beginning of Spanish Civil War. Millions lost their lives in these conflicts and whether on the battlefield or on the home front, these wars impacted people world wide and in Southern Illinois.

The 20th Century changed everything: from hemlines to constitutional amendments, from ration books to new countries, from trench warfare to nuclear power, from penicillin to space exploration. (Left: James Montgomery Flagg's iconic Uncle Same Wants You print)

photography on display in casesDouble Take: Photographs from the Collection, 1840 to the Present

Curated by Alison Erazmus

Exhibit: August 22 - to be determined
Reception: September 16, 4 - 7 p.m.

Erazmus looks at the development of photograph in its many expressions: from documentation to fine art, from glass plate to digital.

Olympics poster for Atlanta 1996 games

Posters from the Summer Olympics

Summer & Fall

With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the Museum features some of the past posters celebrating the games, including this Atlanta, Georgia 1996 Olympic poster designed by SIU Distinguished alumnus, Primo Angeli.

politial button reading Presidents of the 20th Century: Mileur Presidential Material

Exhibit: August 22 - December 9
Reception: September 16, 4 - 7 p.m.

The Museum features the Presidents of the 20th Century in conjunction with its Wars of the 20th Century exhibit. The collection showcases buttons, campaign memorabilia, and patriotic ephemera, all from the Jerome M. Mileur Collection.


Exhibit: November 29 - December 9

This annual event presents a sneak preview of work by 2017 Masters of Fine Arts graduates. Come take a taste of some of the work that will lead to their thesis exhibits in the Spring Semester.