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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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Upcoming Exhibitions & Events

Summer Hours for the Tarble Arts Center: June 2 – August 17

The Tarble Arts Center’s summer open hours are 10am - 4pm Tuesday through Friday, noon - 4pm Saturday, and 1pm-4pm Sunday; closed Mondays and July 4th. Office hours are 8am - 4pm Monday through Friday.

Through August 10, 2014
Off the Wall: Works in Three-Dimensions from the Collections

This exhibition presents a sampling of the three-dimensional art included in the Tarble Arts Center’s collections, with many works that have not been recently shown. About half of the exhibition comes from the Tarble’s Illinois Folk Arts Collection, a mix of the sculptural and the functional: dioramas and constructions, baskets and caning, decoys and carvings, plus a doll house and a weathervane on a cupola.

The ceramics presented are also a mix of the functional and sculptural, ranging from a Mexican water jug to a sculpture of a girl on a horse. Abstract works are represented with sculptures in steel and mixed media. Rounding out the exhibition are selections from the Norton Christmas Project collection and Mexican carvings of dragons from the state of Oaxaca. Most of the art exhibited dates from the mid- to late 20th century.

Minnows by Arthur Ryan Walker (b. Sullivan, Illinois; 1912 - 1995), carved & painted wood on constructed wooden box, 1988; purchase, Tarble Arts Center Membership Funds.

June 16
Registration Opens June 16 for August Art Workshops for Teens and Adults

Presented will be: Visual Message Boxes, led by Dave Hunter and Natalie Boyer; Ceramic Bell Chimes, presented by Karen Reed; and Figure Drawing and Portraiture, taught by Reagan Carey. All classes are open to participants ages 15 and over. For complete descriptions, dates and times, contact the Tarble at 217-581-ARTS (-2787) or Click here to register online.

June 24-July 12, Greenup Township Public Library, 101 North Franklin St.
July 15-August 10, Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 712 6th St.
2013-2014 Cultivating Creativity: Consolidated Communications Traveling Children’s Art Exhibit

This traveling exhibit showcases art by students grades K-12, representing 47 east-central Illinois school art programs. The exhibit tours to 14 east-central Illinois communities and is made possible through the generous support of Consolidated Communications. Contact the Tarble Arts Center at or 217-581-ARTS (-2787) for the complete tour schedule.

The Cat that Glows by Ashlie Elbert (Grade 3, Ashmore Elementary School), mixed media; Mandy White, Art Instructor.

April 8 - June 29, Atrium and other locations as announced
Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois

Carved and painted duck decoy by Patrick Gregory (Bloomington, IL).

This traveling photo-panel exhibition highlights the significant, beautiful traditional art that exists in diverse communities and homes across Illinois. The artists include those found on the Folksongs of Illinois CD series, and who have received Illinois Arts Council artist awards in Folk and Traditional Arts. The exhibition also features a media-rich website and accompanying educational curriculum for use by host sites or for classroom teachers.

Curated by Bucky Halker and Lisa Rathje of Company of Folk, a non-profit organization. This program is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

April 12 –June 29, eGallery
Text & Textiles: Crafting the Lives of Guy and Irene Buzzard

Exhibition & HAPA Conference Opening Reception: Friday, April 11, 7-9pm, Atrium

Huck embroidery on a guest towel by Robert Guy Buzzard, 1953; Buzzard Textiles Collection, Tarble Arts Center permanent collection.

Guy and Irene Buzzard, Eastern’s third presidential family, shared a passion for handicraft and textile arts. The objects they collected and produced reflect many of the great changes of the twentieth century. This exhibition explores how they crafted their lives together for over fifty years.  The exhibition draws from the Buzzard textiles collection within the Tarble’s folk arts collection, and from the EIU Archives in Booth Library. Created for the Tarble by the 2014 EIU Historical Administration graduate students; Malgorzata Rymsza-Pawlowska of the EIU History Department and Tarble Curator of Education Kit Morice are the supervising curators.

Tarble Director Michael Watts to Retire

After 28 years as Director of the Tarble Arts Center I am announcing my retirement from Eastern Illinois University. A national search to select the Tarble’s new director will be initiated later this summer. I will be off this June and July, but will return in August to serve until the new director is selected. The goal is to have the new director in place as of January 2015.

I have been thinking about retirement for a few years. Between the recent changes in the state’s pension system and the fact that my wife, Barb, is retiring at the end of the 2014 school year, the time seems right. I have greatly enjoyed my time at the Tarble, thanks to the cooperation and support from scores of individuals, on-campus and off, and most especially due to the continued, amazing generosity of the Newton E. Tarble family. But more about that later. For now I plan to do some research over the summer, and am looking forward to return for the exhibition Ansel Adams: Masterworks that opens at the Tarble on August 16th.

Michael Watts

Tarble Arts Center Outdoor Sculpture Court, south Tarble grounds

A permanent exhibition of art by past and present EIU Art faculty sculptors – Cary Knoop, James K. Johnson, and Jeffrey Boshart – plus noted Illinois artist Michael Dunbar and EIU Art alumnus Brett Evangelista. Also on Eastern’s grounds is outdoor sculpture by internationally recognized Illinois artist Ruth Duckworth (north of the Doudna Fine Arts Center), Ed McCollough (7th Street in front of Buzzard Hall), and Dan Nardi (between Lumpkin and Coleman Halls), all created through the State of Illinois’ Art in Architecture program.

Summer Sculpture Residency Exhibition

7th Street, between the Tarble and Doudna Fine Arts Centers

This revolving outdoor sculpture program features work by current or recently graduated Midwestern Studio Art masters students and guest artist/emeritus EIU Art faculty member James K. Johnson.

The Summer Sculpture Residency project is coordinated by Jeff Boshart, of the EIU Art Department. For more information, email Jeff Boshart or phone 217-581-2624.

This program is funded in part by the New and Emerging Artist Series program of the College of Arts & Humanities.  

This schedule is subject to change. Please contact the Tarble Arts Center for the most current exhibitions and events schedule information.