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2010 Ninth Street on the campus of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.



Admission to exhibitions and events is free except as indicated.

To encourage participation admission is free to the galleries and many activities; fees for performances, classes, and workshops are low-cost, and discounted for Tarble members.


Tuesday-Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 1 - 4 pm
Closed Mondays & holidays





In addition to the programs listed here, the Tarble Arts Center, in collaboration with the Art Department and other co-sponsors, offers a variety of programs for area youth and area schools.

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The Tarble Arts Center is a major cultural arts resource serving east-central Illinois. Its founding purpose is "to take the arts to the people."


Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday: 1 - 4 pm, and by appointment

Closed Mondays and holidays


The Tarble presents a year-round schedule of:

Most programs, including tours and enrichments for public schools, are presented at no charge to encourage participation in and exposure to the arts. The Tarble also offers technical assistance to area and co-sponsors events with community arts organizations and other groups.

The Tarble maintains a one-thousand piece permanent collection, including a 500 piece collection of late 20th century Illinois folk arts and related archival information. Intended as a teaching collection, holdings are concentrated on art from Illinois and the region. Also included are select examples of art from other cultures and historical periods in various media. (See Collections and Archives.)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Tarble Arts Center is to engender appreciation for and involvement in the arts, especially the visual arts, as a major arts resource for the people of east-central Illinois and Eastern Illinois University through the presentation of temporary exhibitions and community-based educational and outreach activities. A division of the College of Arts & Humanities, the Tarble Arts Center has a mandate to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the university’s permanent collection of art, and to support the educational mission of the university.

Vision Statement

The Tarble Arts Center is an institution recognized for its unique service to the university and the region in encouraging an understanding of, appreciation for and participation in the arts through the presentation of varied, high quality, innovative visual arts programming, related programming and publications, and maintenance of the permanent collection. It contributes significantly to the university’s ability to deliver cultural and educational opportunities to its region, with emphasis on the educational aspects in all presentations, whenever possible entered into cooperatively with entities on- and off-campus. Its permanent collection preserves visual arts that are representative of the region and beyond to serve as a teaching resource for future generations to study and enjoy. In fulfilling its founding purpose to “take the arts to the people” the Tarble Arts Center encourages and celebrates creativity, our shared thoughts and emotions as human beings, and the rich diversity of the human experience as manifest through the visual arts and other art forms, as well as demonstrating the importance of the arts in fostering critical inquiry, creative problem-solving, and visual literacy.

Founding and Program Support

The Tarble Arts Center opened in 1982 with a large, flexible gallery space, the smaller Brainard Gallery, a classroom, and support facilities. The original facility was made possible by a gift of one million dollars donated by the late Newton E. Tarble plus an additional half-million dollars donated by EIU alumni, annuitants, and other patrons of the arts. Construction of a $2 million addition was completed in the spring of 2004, made possible by a gift from Mrs. Newton (“Pat”) Tarble. The East Wing includes the eGallery, a multi-use Atrium, meeting room, and support areas. All areas are handicapped accessible. The Tarble was accredited by the American Association of Museums in 2000. It is the only facility on Eastern's campus built entirely through donated funds.

The Tarble's programs are made possible through a variety of sponsors and funding sources:

Funding appropriated to Eastern Illinois University provides significant operating support of the Tarble Arts Center, including permanent staff salaries, utilities, facility maintenance, a variety of support services, and related administrative costs.

Tarble Arts Center Advisory Board, 2012-2013


OFFICE Administrator

Sally Bock


Kit Morice


Michael Schuetz


Michael Watts

General Contact Information


Tarble Arts Center
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston IL 61920-3099


217-581-ARTS (2787)





To request the use of facilities at the Tarble Arts Center, please complete and return this form (PDF).