Upcoming Exhibitions & Events
Saturday, Nov. 9, Atrium
Embarras Valley Film Festival
2 pm: Matinee: Stop Motion & Student Documentary Films
6:30pm: Preview performance of “America, Illinois” by Stace England and the Salt Kings followed by a screening of Confidence Man, with introduction by Bob Streit, director and Stace England, producer. Discussion led by Dann Gire, founding director of the Chicago Film Critics Association and film critic for the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
Aug. 10 - Nov. 24, Brainard Gallery
Motion - Real & Implied: Selections from the Collection
Visitors interact with SPIN by Paul Henry Ramirez; 2008, triptych of silkscreens on canvas,
44“ x 44“ each; Tarble Arts Center permanent collection; purchase, Tarble Arts Center Endowment.
Motion is a quality that many artists have sought to convey in their works and have used to engage the viewer. In some cases motion is implied, a visual illusion in a painting or the use of balance in sculpture to suggest movement. In other cases the artwork can actually move, requiring physical interaction between the viewer and the art object. This sense and use of motion is explored through artwork selected from the Tarble’s permanent collection. Among the artworks included are the silkscreen triptych SPIN by Henry Paul Ramirez, the sculpture Mill Town Strut by Michael Dunbar, the folk carving Balancing Belinda by Ferd Metten, and the oil painting Mountain Stream by Paul T. Sargent.
This exhibition is the subject of the 2013 Junior/Senior High Art Enrichment program, presented Oct. 8-31with the EIU Art Education students and faculty, and underwritten by First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.
Oct. 26 - Dec. 20, Main Galleries
A Couple of Ways of Doing Something: Photographs by Chuck Close, Poems by Bob Holman
Self-Portrait by Chuck Close, 2006, digital pigment print, image 26 1/2" x 20"; courtesy of Pace/MacGill, New York; made in collaboration with David Adamson Editions; image © Chuck Close.
As reflected in the title, A Couple of Ways of Doing Something is made up of portraits of some of Chuck Close's artist friends, represented in different media with photographs by Close — daguerreotypes, tapestries, pigment prints, and photogravures — and with lyrical praise poems by Bob Holman. Lyle Rexer observed that Close regularly exhibits work in different media together so that viewers can experience the radical differences inherent among them and the various ways of seeing they engender. Says Close, "People think that if you have a photographic image, there is pretty much only one thing you can do with it, that because of its iconography, it is fixed. But changing the medium, the method of mark-making, and the scale transforms the experience of that image into something new.”
Saturday, Nov. 2, 10am-1pm, Classroom
EVFF Stop Motion Film Workshop
Still from The Banana Split War, the 2012 EVFF stop motion film workshop production.
In conjunction with the 9th annual Embarras Valley Film Festival (EVFF), the Tarble Arts Center is sponsoring a free film making workshop for participants ages 10-14.
EIU students will lead the participants through the creation of a stop-motion animation segment using digital cameras, props, and laptop computers.
The particpants’ films will be shown on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:30pm in the Tarble’s Atrium.
Nov. 9 - Dec. 15, eGallery
Grandmother’s Circle - A Tribute to Crecy's People and to Sallie Alpha: An Installation by Alpha Bruton
A photograph of Tribute to Crecy's People and Sallie Alpha, an environmental installation by Alpha Bruton, 2013.
Alpha Bruton’s installation is a simulation of a ceremonial purification circle, in which objects and images are selected to “serve as cultural mirrors and the sites in which they are situated serve as part of a broader cultural commentary.” The artist has examined cultural signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. She believes that objects in the public sphere serve to communicate and reinforce certain cultural narratives, hierarchies, and social mythologies.
A painter and an installation artist, Bruton synthesizes aspects of theater, sculpture, and other two-dimensional forms. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues in Canada, Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, and on the Western Rim. Bruton is the Tarble Arts Center’s 2013 Arts-In-Education artist-in-residence, and will be in residence at four area schools between Nov. 11 through Dec. 13. The residency is funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, by participating schools, the Coles County Arts Council, and Tarble membership contributions.
Saturday, Nov. 9, 1:30-4:30pm, Atrium
Embarras Valley Film Festival: Stop Motion and Short Documentary Competition Film Screenings
This EVFF matinee screening features stop motion animation segments and winning short documentary films by area middle, high school, and college students. The theme for the 9th EVFF is Documentaries. F
For the complete 9th Annual EVFF schedule click here. Free admission.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7pm, Atrium
Fast Chat 2013 – New Date!
Fast Chat 2013, originally scheduled to take place in September, is back on. So please mark your calendars. Fast Chat is an event for artists and designers, artisans and creators to meet, network, and talk about their work in public. The presenters will be announced soon. The presentation format is 20 images shown for 20 seconds each — just under seven minutes for each presenter to tell his or her story. The night’s MC and program organizer is Robert Petersen from the EIU Art Department.
Dec. 5-7, 7:30pm and Dec. 7 & 8, 2pm, Atrium
Charleston Community Theatre: It's a Wonderful Life, A Radio Play
Directed for the Charleston Community Theatre by Scott Brooks and co-sponsored by the Tarble. To reserve admission contact the Tarble at 581-ARTS (-2787) or email@example.com; seats are limited but not reserved and doors open at 7pm (1:30pm on Sunday).
Admission: $10/general, $8/senior, $5/student.
Jan. 2– Feb. 16, eGallery, Tarble Arts Center
Joe Meiser Solo Exhibition
Artist’s Lecture + Closing Reception: Monday, Feb. 17, 7:30pm, Atrium, Tarble Arts Center
Transcribing-Transposing by Joe Meiser, 2010, fabric, motors, translucent paper and other materials, dimensions variable.
Joe Meiser creates sculpture, installation, and performance art. He uses his production of art to investigate the human condition. “I’m astonished by human behavior, perplexed by the coexistence of beauty and terror in the world, and captivated by the plethora of stories that other humans have created” states Meiser. “The human tendency to mythologize is both the subject and strategy of my work—while analyzing our compulsion to create metaphysical narratives, I simultaneously weave my own.” Meiser is an Assistant Professor at Bucknell University where he teaches sculpture and drawing. He actively exhibits his artwork in venues across the country.
This is a New & Emerging Artists Series program presented by the EIU Art Department and the Tarble Arts Center.
Jan. 11 – Feb. 23, Tarble Arts Center Main Galleries/East
The 2013-14 Tarble Humanities Exhibition: Kate Brooks
In the Light of Darkness: A Photographer's Journey after 9/11
Aftermath of a car bombing in Najif, Iraq, August 2003; photograph by Kate Brooks, C-type digital print; image © Kate Brooks.
This exhibition is a collection of photographs and personal essays that chronicle Kate Brooks’s ten-year odyssey from 9-11 to the Arab Spring. Shortly after Sept. 11th, at age 23, Brooks moved to Pakistan to photograph the impact of US foreign policy in the region and life in post-Taliban Afghanistan. In 2003 she covered the invasion of Iraq and the beginning of the insurgency for TIME Magazine. Brooks’ photographs have been published in TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Her book In the Light of Darkness was published on Sept. 11, 2011, by Schilt Publishing.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the EIU Reads program on the book The Submission by Amy Waldman, and in cooperation with the EIU Center for the Humanities’ exploration of the theme Authenticity for the period 2013 to 2015. This exhibition was organized by the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Florida, and is on loan from the artist.
Jan. 11 – Feb. 23, Tarble Arts Center Main Galleries/West
Non-Text: Text as Image
Non-Text focuses on art and design that puts pressure on the relationships between textual media and visual media. The work in Non-Text challenges Western cultural assumptions that text is necessarily the primary and most efficient communication medium. The work in the exhibition wittingly or unwittingly uses textual media in ways that obscure written language’s ability to communicate. Each piece employs text, typography, or writing to create aesthetic forms that express visual meaning rather than as verbal structures that convey written content. This international invitational exhibition features work done by artists, creative writers, and designers who work in a range of media.
Curated by artist/educator Brian Spolans and graphic designer/educator Leslie Atzmon, this exhibition is on loan from University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University.
Jan. 17 - March 9, Brainard Gallery
Dan Devening: KIOSK - Tarble Arts Center
Lecture + Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 16, 7:30pm, Tarble Arts Center Atrium
A view of Dan Devening’s recent work in the exhibition/installation pendent ex ea at Autumn Space, Chicago.
The shifting perspective that comes from walking around and through the art that makes up Kiosk feels familiar. We see it on the streets: signage, billboards, traffic signals, walls plastered with graffiti and old handbills, all vie for our attention. With its own complex ability to distract and confuse, it also exists in a highly successful form in digital and television media. How we filter, focus and ultimately connect with just about any information—be it visual or otherwise—is a central concern of the exhibition and its particular system of presentation.
Chicago artist Dan Devening teaches in the Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is the director of devening projects + editions, Chicago. Presented by the EIU Art Department and the Tarble Arts Center.
March 1 – 30, Tarble Arts Center Main Galleries & eGallery
2014 Undergraduate All-Student Show
All-Student Show Awards Reception: Sunday, March 2, 2-4pm, Tarble Arts Center Atrium
Reflecting by Hannah Freeman (Jacksonville, IL), oil; 2012 Undergraduate All-Student Show Best-of-Show award winner.
This competitive exhibition is open to EIU undergraduates and all art media: painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, digital art, computer animation, metals, and ceramics. The art exhibited is selected by a panel of area college and university Art faculty and art professionals.
Co-sponsored by the EIU Art Department and the Tarble Arts Center.
March 15-May 18, Brainard Gallery
Global Threads: International Folk Art Textiles
Appliqué Banner with Egungun Dancer by Brice of the Fon People, Benin, c. 1990s, cloth, glass beads, cowry shells, sequins, 37.5" x 26".
Featured are folk art textile traditions from Africa, the Americas, Haiti, and India drawn from the Tarble Arts Center permanent collection and area private collections. Quilts, embroidered and appliquéd cloth, beadwork, Navajo and Mexican weavings, and flags will be included.
This exhibition will serve as the basis for the Tarble’s Fifth Grade Enrichment program for area schools March 19 – May 16, presented in part with the EIU Art Education students and faculty, and underwritten by First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.
March 21-22 & 27-29, 7:30pm & March 23, 2pm, Atrium
Charleston Community Theatre: Moonlight and Magnolias
It's 1939, and production on Hollywood's mega movie, Gone With the Wind, has shut down! This is the (mostly) true story of a week in the life of studio head David O. Selznick, director Victor Flemming and screenwriter Ben Hecht, all locked in Selznick's office, churning out the screenplay.
Directed for the Charleston Community Theatre by Cathy Sheagren and co-sponsored by the Tarble. To reserve admission contact the Tarble at 581-ARTS (-2787) or firstname.lastname@example.org; seats are limited but not reserved and doors open at 7pm (1:30pm on Sunday).
Admission: $10/general, $8/senior, $5/student.
April 5 – 27, Tarble Arts Center Main Galleries
2014 Graduate Art Exhibition
A view of the 2013 Graduate Art Exhibition with drawings by Evelyn Lozano on the left,
a mural by Scott Jenkins in the background,
and rosin paper construction by Andy Plank on the right.
This group thesis exhibition presents artwork by current MA candidates in Eastern’s Studio Art program. Co-sponsored by the EIU Art Department and the Tarble Arts Center.
April 12 –June 29, eGallery
Illinois Folk Art Textiles
Exhibition & HAPA Conference Opening Reception:
Friday, April 11, 7-9pm, Atrium
Amish Penneyroyal Rug by Katie Kauffman (Douglas County, Illinois), c. 1910, wool; Tarble Arts Center permanent collection; purchase, Tarble Arts Center membership funds.
This exhibition explores textiles from the Tarble’s folk arts collection, which includes embroidery, lace, quilts, rugs, tatting, and other traditional forms. Created for the Tarble by the 2014 EIU Historical Administration graduate students, Malgorzata (Gosia) Rymsza-Pawlowska of the EIU History Department and Tarble Curator of Education Kit Morice are the supervising curators.
Friday, April 25, 4-6pm, Atrium
Graham Slam! Graham R. Lewis Memorial Poetry Slam and Scholarship Competition
Finalists in this annual Graham Slam! (Graham R. Lewis Memorial Poetry Award) perform their work. Awards and reception to follow; co-sponsored with the EIU College of Arts and Humanities and the English Department; presented in conjunction with 2014 Celebration: A Festival of the Arts.
Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27, noon-4pm, EIU 7th Street
Celebration: Children’s Art Activities
The Tarble is again presenting hands-on art activities for pre-schoolers to pre-teens as a part of Celebration: A Festival of the Arts. The art activities are funded by Tarble membership contributions. The festival is presented by the EIU College of Arts & Humanities with numerous sponsors.
May 3 – 25, Main Galleries
32nd Children’s Art Exhibition
Children’s Art Exhibition Awards Reception: Sunday, May 18, 1:30-3:30pm
Presented is art in all media by area school students to showcase some of the best creations produced in area Art programs. The students, kindergarten through high school, represent approximately 45 area schools’ programs taught by certified Art teachers.
The exhibition is sponsored in part by Consolidated Communications and is presented in cooperation with the participating schools’ Art teachers.
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.
Oct. 2013 – Aug. 2014, various east-central Illinois locations
2013-2014 Cultivating Creativity: Consolidated Communications Traveling Children’s Art Exhibit
Robofish by Hannah Bond, Grade 12 (2011-12), Central A&M High School, scratch art; Justin Smith, Art Instructor.
This traveling exhibit showcases art by students, grades K-12, representing 47 east-central Illinois school art programs and their Art teachers. 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 email@example.com for the complete tour schedule.
exhibition dates and locations to be announced
Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier Traveling Exhibit
1st Lt. Samuel C. Snapp, 62nd Illinois Infantry (Coles County, Illinois), albumen silver print carte de visite, photographer unknown, c. 1861-65; courtesy of Robert Sterling.
This exhibit explores how experiences of the Civil War were recorded and shared, and how what is expressed is both personal and iconographic. The exhibit is made up of digital reproductions of drawings, photographs, and artifacts from Illinois and the Western theater of the Civil War. Sources include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Illinois State Military Museum, Chicago History Museum, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, and private collectors.
This traveling exhibit was drawn from the exhibition created for the Tarble by the EIU 2013 class of Historical Administration graduate students. For the tour schedule at Illinois libraries and historic sites contact the Tarble Arts Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-581-ARTS.
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.
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.