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The Tarble Arts Center

Located on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, the Tarble Arts Center is major cultural arts resource serving the east-central Illinois area. It maintains a thousand-piece permanent collection aimed at education, and its collections focus on the state of Illinois and the surrounding region. The Tarble holds a year-round schedule of art exhibitions, outreach programs and events, and artist lectures for the benefit of the public.

Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections through Art and Artifacts
April 13 – July 7, 2013
eGallery, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University

Exhibition Opening & Historical Administration Symposium Reception
Friday, April 12, 7pm, Atrium

Lecture by Historian Thomas J. Brown: The Steampunk Civil War
Monday, April 15, 7pm, Atrium, Tarble Arts Center

Exhibition Gallery Talk
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 1pm, Atrium & eGallery

The Exhibition
Based on drawings, paintings, photographs, letters, and diaries of and by soldiers from Illinois and the Western theater of the Civil War, this exhibition explores the universal themes of art for recording and sharing the experiences of war, and how such art is both personal and iconographic.  Created for the Tarble by the EIU 2013 class of Historical Administration graduate students, with Mark Voss-Hubbard of the EIU History Department as guest curator. 

The Lecture
Visiting lecturer Thomas Brown is the author and editor of numerous books having to do with the American Civil War and social history.  His most recent publications as editor are Remixing the Civil War: Meditations on the Sesquicentennial (2011) and Reconstructions: New Perspectives on the Postbellum United States (2006); a long term project is The Reconstruction of American Memory: Civic Monuments of the Civil War. For more information about the speaker see: http://lectures.oah.org/lecturers/lecturer.html?id=68

The Gallery Talk
A gallery talk will be presented by some of the graduate students who worked to organized the exhibition Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections through Art and Artifacts. After a brief introduction to the creation of the exhibition, a presentation on the artwork and the history of select pieces will be presented, followed by a tour the exhibition, with students available to answer questions.  Presented in cooperation with the EIU Academy of Lifetime Learning and the EIU History Department.

Free admission to the exhibition and all programs.  Location: Tarble Arts Center, 2010 9th Street, on the EIU campus in Charleston.  Contact:  217-581-ARTS (-2787), tarble@eiu.edu.  Hours:  10am-5pm Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm Sat., 104pm Sun.; closed Mondays & July 4th.  Summer Hours (after June 9th)): 10am-4pm Tues.-Sat., 1-4pm Sun.  Thomas Brown’s lecture is sponsored by the EIU History Department and the Tarble Arts Center.  Tarble Arts Center programs are funded by the Tarble Arts Center Endowment/EIU Foundation, Tarble membership contributions, and other sponsors and donors as announced.  For information about the Historical Administration Program Association’s 2013 Symposium The Business of Museums: Not-for-Profit is No Excuse see: http://www.d.eiuhapa.org/

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