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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

2014 Children's Art Exhibit Forms: Intent to Exhibit | Inventory List

Jan. 2– Feb. 16, eGallery
Joe Meiser: Transcribing-Transposing

Artist’s Lecture + Closing Reception: Monday, Feb. 17, 7:30pm, Atrium

Transcribing-Transposing (detail) 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, 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 collection of photographs and personal essays chronicle Kate Brooks’s ten-year odyssey from 9-11 to the Arab Spring. Shortly after September 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 of the same title from Schilt Publishing parallels the exhibition.

In the Light of Darkness is part of the EIU Center for the Humanities’ investigation of the concept “Authenticity.” The exhibition is also presented in cooperation with the Booth Library program Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys. Muslim Journeys is designed to explore the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Muslim Journeys will include exhibits, film screenings, book discussions that center on the theme “Pathways of Faith,” and other events. The exhibition In the Light of Darkness was organized by the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Florida, and is on loan from the artist.

NOTE: This exhibition includes graphic images of war and terrorism which may be troubling to some viewers. Parental guidance is requested.

Jan. 11 – Feb. 23, Main Galleries/West
Non-Text: Text as Image

Views of: An Exquisite Morass Made Tangible: Reshaping Our Experience of the Google Search by Liese Zahabi; wood, plastic, paper, and digital media; size variable.

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

Lecture + Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 16, 7:30pm, Atrium

Untitled by Dan Devening, 2013; silkscreen print, acrylic on paper, tape, frame; 38 × 26 inches.

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.

Saturday, January 25, 7:30pm, Atrium
An Evening of 20th Century Music by British Composers

This concert features the Trio in One Movement by Arnold Bax, the Phantasy Trio in E-flat major by Thomas Dunhill, and the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Edward Elgar. Performing will be Sharilyn Spicknall, violin; Elaine Fine, viola; and John David Moore, piano. Sponsored by the EIU English Department. Free admission.

Thursday - Saturday, February 6-8, 7pm, Atrium
The Vagina Monologues

Written by Eve Ensler, since premiering in 1996 the Obie Award-winning The Vagina Monologues has been staged internationally, translated into 24 different languages, and produced for television by HBO. In 1998 Ensler and others launched V-Day, a global non-profit movement that has raised over $75 million for women’s anti-violence groups through benefit productions of The Vagina Monologues. Sponsored by EIU’s Women’s Studies Program and the Tarble Arts Center.

Proceeds from this production go to support HOPE of East Central Illinois and SACIS.

Tickets: $7 students/seniors, $10 general admission; available at the EIU Ticket Office and Jackson Avenue Coffee (345-5283).

For information phone 348-8815, 348-5033, or 581-5947, or look on Facebook.

Friday February 28, 7:30pm, Atrium
Women's History and Awareness Month Concert

In celebration of Women's History and Awareness Month, Elaine Fine (viola) and John David Moore (piano) will play a concert of music by women composers: British-American composer Clara Kathleen Rogers (1844-1931), Swedish composer Amanda Maier (1853-1894), British composer Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), and American composer Florence Price (1887-1953).

Presented by the EIU Women's Studies Program in cooperation with the Tarble Arts Center. Admission is free.

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March 1 – 30, Tarble Arts Center Main Galleries & eGallery
2014 Undergraduate All-Student Show

All-Student Show Awards Reception: Sunday, March 2, 2-4pm, 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; 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, 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: Nick Brassel, Christen Contario, Kirbi Eckerty, Shawn Fairchild, Hannah Freeman, Anna Freerksen, Emma Kroop, Dennis Lewis, Danielle Muzina, and Kyle Singer.  A wide variety of styles and media will be presented, ranging from painting to installation art, and ceramics to printmaking.  Co-sponsored by the EIU Art Department and the Tarble Arts Center.

Artists Reception:  Saturday, April 5, 5-7pm, Atrium
Gallery Talk:  Wednesday, April 16, 11am-12:30pm

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

Gallery Talk: Thursday, May 1, noon -1:30pm

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.

March 1 - 30, Galleries & eGallery
2014 Undergraduate All-Student Show

Electric Downfall by Hannah Freeman (Jacksonville, IL), oil on panel; Best-of-Show, 2012 Undergraduate All-Student Show

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.

All-Student Show Awards Reception: Sunday, March 2, 2-4pm, Atrium

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, 7th Street
EIU Illinois Folk Arts: From Generation to Generation at Celebration: A Festival of the Arts

Celebration celebrates Illinois folk arts with performances by area old-time fiddlers, plus other players and presenters, in conjunction with the touring exhibit From Generation to Generation.

This program is co-sponsored by the Tarble Arts Center and the College of Arts & Humanities, in cooperation with the non-profit organization Company of Folk. More specific information will be announced. Watch for the schedule on the Celebration website.

Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27, noon-4pm, 7th Street, EIU
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

Visitors in the galleries at a recent Children’s Art Exhibition awards reception.

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.

Wednesday, May 14, 10:30am-noon
A Morning of Folk Arts

Enjoy a performance by local old-time fiddler Gaye Harrison, peruse the From Generation to Generation traveling photo exhibit on Illinois folk artists, and hear gallery talks about two exhibitions: Text and Textiles, c. 1950s needle work from the Tarble’s collection, and Global Threads, a sampling of international folk art textiles.

This free program is presented in cooperation with the EIU Academy of Lifelong Learning.

Through August 11, 2014, various east-central Illinois locations
2013-2014 Cultivating Creativity: Consolidated Communications Traveling Children’s Art Exhibit

The Cat that Glows by Ashlie Elbert (Grade 3, Ashmore Elementary School), mixed media; Mandy White, 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 for the complete tour schedule.

Shelbyville Public Library, Jan. 25 - March 6
Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library, Sullivan, March 8-27
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 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.

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.