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REGULAR HOURS: Tuesdays-Fridays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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CHAIR SCULPTURENEW EXHIBITIONS: OPENING JANUARY 22, 2016

DAN JOHNSON: CONSIDERATION OF PLACE

Exhibit: January 22 - March 6
Reception: February 5, 4 - 7 p.m.

Master of many arts, Dan Johnson of Alto Pass, Illinois, brings his sculpture, glass, pottery and video works to the Museum.  Dan earned his MFA degree from the Tyler School of Art.


THE CARL W. LUTES TEXTILE COLLECTION, curated by Kyle Clymore

FLEMISH TAPESTRYExhibit: January 22 - March 6
Reception: February 5, 4 - 7 p.m.

Collector and connoisseur Carl W. Lutes has had a long-standing love of textiles.  In this exhibition, we feature some of his Persian miniatures, rugs and tapestries.





SACRED ICONS: DIVINE IMAGERY IN THE NEPAL COLLECTION, curated by Kyle Clymore

sitting buddha sculptureExhibit: January 22 - March 6
Reception: February 5, 4 - 7 p.m.

The University Museum holds over 600 objects from Nepal in its collection.  Master of Public Administration – Museum Emphasis graduate student Kyle Clymore presents a small number of these objects to show the spiritual richness of this culture.  Kyle is serving as the Museum’s assistant Curator of Collections this year.



ARTISTS ON LOVE, curated by Alison Erazmus

Artists on Love logoExhibit: January 22 - March 6
Reception: February 5, 4 - 7 p.m.

Curator of Exhibits Alion Erazmus looks at expressions of love by artists, including contemporary artists from the campus and community.


DIGGING KINCAID MOUNDS, curated by Susannah Munson

Kincaid Mounds illustrationExhibit: January 29 - March 6
Reception: February 5, 4 - 7 p.m.

Southern Illinois University has a long association with the archaeology of Kincaid Mounds in the southernmost part of Illinois.  The mounds were the product of an extensive prehistoric Native American culture that flourished in the region from about 1050 - 1400.  The Museum’s Curator of Anthropology traces the history of the excavations and the involvement of many people in its history.


HAIR WREATHS AND JEWELRY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CHARLES AND FRANCES SWEDLUND

Charles anf Frances Swedlund holding wreathExhibit: January 22 - March 6
Reception: February 5, 4 - 7 p.m.

Artists Charles and Frances Swedlund have many interests, but one of their most unusual collections consists of hair wreaths and hair jewelry, representing a Victorian mourning custom.  Though the custom of preserving a loved one’s hair stretches back many, many years, the Victorians (Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 - 1901) made the custom into an art form.


PERSONAL SHRINES: ART FROM ZEIGLER-ROYALTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Exhibit:  March 25 - May 13
Reception: April 1, 4 - 7 p.m.

Art instructor Sue Gindlesparger of Zeigler-Royalton High School presents some of her students’ best works.  This is part of the ongoing Partnership Program between area schools and the University Museum.


BLACKSMITHING AT SIU: 40th ANNIVERSARY YEAR, curated by Addison de Lisle

Exhibit: January 22 - March 6
Reception: February 5, 4 - 7 p.m.

Museum Graduate assistant and metals student Addison de Lisle looks back at the 1976 Blacksmithing Conference that put SIU on the map.


DOUBLE TAKE; PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTION, 1848 – TO THE PRESENT, curated by Alison Erazmus

photograph of Abraham LincolnExhibit: March 18 – May 13
Reception: April 1, 4 - 7 p.m.

In addition to serving as the Museum’s Curator of Exhibits, Alison Erazmus is a professional photographer. In this exhibition, she has selected photographs from the earliest to the latest, from the Civil War to yesterday.  You’ve heard about daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes and more.  Now see them in person. (Left: framed ambrotype of Abraham Lincoln, 1860, from the Museum’s Jerome M. Mileur collection.)


MFA logoMaster of Fine Arts Candidates’ Thesis Shows

Whether photography, glass, painting, ceramics or video, you’ll see the best work of graduating MFA students in their thesis shows.  Some times a student’s timetable will change, so please recheck this schedule as the dates draw nearer.

Jane Flynn (MFA, Photography), March 18 - 26
JP Rhea (MFA, Photography/Film), March 18 - 26
Lijun Chao (MFA, Painting) and Arron Downs (MFA Ceramics), April 1 - 9
Todd Larson (MFA, Sculptural Installation), April 1 - 9
Kerra Taylor (MFA, Painting), April 15 - 23
Donna Hoyle (MFA, Video Projections/Sculpture), April 15-23
MCMA MFAs, April 21 - May 8
Joshua Hale (MFA, Painting and Drawing), April 29 - May 7
Su yeon Kim (MFA, Glass), April 29 - May 7