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Past Exhibitions and Programs



Come Wind, Come Weather

Brainard & eGallery
January 26-May 19


Sue de Beer, The White Wolf (still), 2018 Two-channel HD video © Sue de BeerImage Courtesy of the Artist & Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen
Sue de Beer is well known for her film and immersive sculptural environments, which both hold and transport viewers within and outside the frame of the artist’s lens. In Come Wind, Come Weather, de Beer has allowed the Tarble to present two of her films in concert: The Blue Lenses (2015) and The White Wolf (2018) to create a visually saturated viewing experience that harnesses the nostalgic character of place and the human desireor even the basic instinctto connect. This installation will take viewers on an exploration of the real and unreal, often blurring the curious boundary between specimen or the observer. De Beer’s environments become extensions of the film, as she asks viewers to not only see, but also be a part of the unfolding mysteries she creates within both works. Set in Abu Dhabi, The Blue Lenses is a two-channel film that follows a two-bit hustler and explores a young Arabic woman’s observations of his actions. Drawn from Daphne du Maurier’s short story, similarly entitled, de Beer’s The Blue Lenses presents the Middle East as a protagonist. Where based off the evidence presented by the artist, the viewers must decide what to believe or not. In de Beer's The White Wolf the artist reframes the classic tale of the werewolf as a way to present both themes of physical and psychological transformation.  Juxtaposed together. both works are explorations of individual and collective memory, fact and fiction, truth, and subversion. As the spring’s signature exhibition, several programs will explore the themes presented in Come Wind, Come Weather.


2019 Graduate Art Exhibition

Main Galleries
April 23-May 19

Jade Phillips, Lick, Oil on Board, 2018 | Image Courtesy of the Artist
Friday, April 26 
5-7pm, Main Galleries  
Wednesday, May 1 
10:30-11:30am, Main Galleries 
The Tarble Arts Center and the EIU Art and Design Department proudly present the annual thesis exhibition of work by the current MA candidates in Eastern University’s Studio Art program. Every year a wide range of styles, media, and art-making approaches are on view.  This program is co-presented by the EIU Art and Design Department and the Tarble Arts Center.


Gallery 1104
April 26 - May 19

Whitney Bradshaw, Outcry
Adia, 2018 from the series Outcry, Archival Inkjet Print, Image Courtesy of the Artist



Artist, Whitney Bradshaw, embarked on a feminist social practice project she calls Outcry the night of the Women’s March in 2018. Outcry provides women with a safe space where they can be heard, supported, and encouraged to speak up and out for themselves and for one another. Bradshaw’s process involves inviting women who don’t know one another to her studio, focusing on community building while encouraging participants to support one another as they bravely let out feelings that have often been silenced or dismissed in our culture. To date, Bradshaw has made more than 250 individual portraits of women screaming. on March 21st, 2019 Bradshaw led one of her scream sessions, as she calls them, here at the Tarble. The resulting portraits depict a range of emotions and challenge stereotypes of women while demanding a reconsideration of what beauty looks and power look like. After this exhibition, these pictures of empowered students and staff members made here at the Tarble, will be integrated into Bradshaw’s Outcry project as it continues to grow and expand. 


Friday, April 26 
5-7pm, Main Galleries


37th Annual Children's Art Exhibition

Main Galleries
March 23-April 7


Kaylee Fuentes, Character, pen and ink, Okaw Valley High School, Grade 10, Bethany, IL Instructor: Jeni Yantis


Presented by area school students grades kindergarten through the 12th grade and selected by the schools’ art teachers, this annual art exhibition showcases some of the best creations produced in area art programs. Representing approximately 45 area schools programs taught by certified art specialists, this beloved exhibition is a must see during the spring at EIU. The exhibition and reception program are sponsored in part by Consolidated Communications and are presented in cooperation with the participating schools’ art teachers.


2019 Undergraduate All Student Show

Main Galleries
February 9-March 3


Alicia Post, Transient, Oil on canvas | Image Courtesy of the Artist


Open to EIU undergraduates that have taken courses in the past year in the Art and Design Department, this competitive exhibition features a diverse array of media: painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, digital art, computer animation, metals, and ceramics. Each year, a panel of area-college and university Art faculty and art professionals selects the participants. This program is co-organized by the EIU Art and Design Department and the Tarble Arts Center. This year’s jurors are: Thad Duhigg, MFA, Professor and Sculpture Area Head Department of Art and Design (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) and Rosalyn D Schwartz, Professor Emeritus in Painting, School of Art and Design (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).


In the Eye of the Beholder

August 18-December 16, 2018


Zoë Buckman, Every Curve, 2016, Vintage lingerie slip with rap definition of feminine sewn in, Variable Dimensions | Image courtesy of the Artist and Gavlak Los Angeles/Gavlak Palm Beach


Juxtaposing the work of established and emerging artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, In the Eye of the Beholder is an exhibition featuring the diverse artistic practices of women artists from 1968 to present. The exhibition connects the work of established women artists with the work of contemporary emerging women artists, to create a dialogue about the nature and realization of “feminism,” from its past to the present, and the collective expectation for future progress. The work featured within In the Eye of the Beholder displays the achievements and challenges of the roles women have played and continue to perform within our society. The exhibition at times contains provocative imagery and subject matters, but also strives to create dialogue, reflection, and reconciliation about the roles of women in society past, present, and future. In the Eye of the Beholder was co-curated by Rehema Barber, Director and Chief Curator of the Tarble Arts Center and Erin J. Gilbert, Curator of African-American manuscripts, Smithsonian Archives of American Art. Artists included in the exhibition are: Marina Abramović, Laia Abril, Tanya Aguiñiga, Barbara Bloom, Lee Bul, Zoë Buckman, Tammy Rae Carland, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Judy Chicago, Bethany Collins, Maureen Connor, Ayan Farah, Jenny Holzer, Sheree Hovsepian, Yoko Ono, Mariu Palacios, Deborah Roberts, Martha Rosler, Amanda Ross-Ho, Berni Searle, and Lorna Simpson.


David Jien Time Will Tell

eGallery | February 24- May 20, 2018

Cubby Control, 2012

David JienCUBBY CONTROL2012, Color pencil, graphite, gouache, abalone veneer, wood veneer, and gold leaf on panel | Image courtesy of the Artist and Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.


On View : The Way We Were

Brainard Gallery | February 24- May 20, 2018

Apprehension, 1976

Glenn HildApprehension1976, Mixed media collage | Image courtesy of Artist


2018 Graduate Art Exhibition

Main Galleries | April 28- May 20, 2018

Gas Station, 2017

Marcos SerafimGas Station (still)2017, HD video, projection on found object | Image courtesy of the Artist.


36th Children's Art Exhibition 

Main Gallerires | March 31- April 15, 2018

2018 Children's show

Olivia Griffin, Kindergarten, Warhol Hands, Tempera Crestwood School, Paris, Instructor: Millie Arp


2018 Undergraduate All Student Show

Main Gallery | February 24 - March 18, 2018

Warhol Hands

Margaret KilbaneBeautiful Illusion (detail), 2016, Screenprint on paper I Image courtesy of the Artist


Jiha Moon Double Welcome, Most Everyone's Mad Here

Main Galleries | November 18-February 4, 2017

Most Everyone's Mad Here

Jiha MoonMost Everyone's Mad Here (detail)2015, Ink and acrylic on Hanji mounted on canvas. | Image courtesy of the Artist.


Chris Cohoon In All Around I See

Brainard Gallery | November 18-February 4, 2017

Documentropy 2

Chris CohoonDocumentropy 2 (detail)2013-2014, Biological residue on unprepared canvas | Image courtesy of Artist


Cream Co. Living Room

eGallery | November 18-February 4, 2017

living table

Cream Co.Living Table (detail)2016, Mixed media and plants| Image courtesy of Artist


Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: Japanese Prints from the Taubman Museum of Art's Permanent Collection

Brainard Gallery | August 26-October 29, 2017

Heron Maiden

Tsukioka YoshitoshiHeron Maiden (detail)1898, Woodblock print | Collection of the Taubman Museum of Art: The Peggy Macdowell Thomas
Japanese Print Collection 1996.062

Featuring twenty-three woodcuts by renowned Japanese artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi from the Taubman Museum of Art’s permanent collection, this exhibition presents the artist’s most representative and well-known series: New Forms of Thirty-Six GhostsOne Hundred Aspects of the Moon, and Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse. The exhibition highlights the artist’s unparalleled skill and creativity, as well as traditional East Asian mythology. Known for his imaginative depictions of Chinese and Japanese folklore, culture and history, especially Kabuki—a classical Japanese art form of dramatic dance and song, Yoshitoshi presented the intensity and height of action in his woodblock prints. 

2017 Art & Design Faculty Biennial

Main Galleries | August 26-October 29, 2017

Friar's Lantern

Alan PocaroFriar's Lantern (detail)2016, Screenprint with torn and pasted screenprints on paper | Image courtesy of Artist

Beginning this fall the Tarble Arts Center will proudly present a bi-annual exhibition of current works by the studio faculty of Eastern Illinois University’s Department of Art and Design. Every two-years, this special Tarble exhibition will feature the diverse styles, talents and media from members of the Art and Design department. Co-curated by Rehema Barber, Director and Chief Curator and Mike Schuetz, Assistant Director of the Tarble Arts Center, this biennial presentation was selected during various studio visits and serves as a reflection of the conversations that took place during those individual meetings. 


No More Mr. Nice Guy: Ben Venom

eGallery | August 26-October 29, 2017

Fly by Night

Ben VenomFly by Night (detail)2013, Handmade quilt with recycled fabric | Image courtesy of Artist

On a crash collision course between subculture symbolism and your grandmother’s sewing circle, the works of Ben Venom continue to push the boundaries of the gender-based medium of quilting. Riffing on found imagery from vintage tattoos, the occult, motorcycle gangs, heavy metal bands, and pop culture, Venom’s quilts seek to expand and challenge pre-meditated meanings and associations with craft, low, and popular culture. His works assault the senses with their jilted and aggressive use of these icons, while working within traditional quilting methods and materials to underscore the broad appeal of and fascination with these various subcultures.


35th Children's Art Exhibition

Main Galleries | May 13-May 28, 2017

Birds on a branch

Belle Shriver, Grade 4, Birds on a branch, Watercolor | Riddle Elementary School, Mattoon, IL | Instructor: Rob Niemerg

Presented by area students grades kindergarten through high school and selected by the schools’ respective art teachers, this is an art exhibition that showcases all media. This show features some of the best creations produced in area art programs and represents approximately 45 area school programs taught by certified art specialists. The exhibition and reception program are sponsored in part by Consolidated Communications and presented in cooperation with the participating schools’ art teachers.

2017 Graduate Art Exhibition

Main Galleries | April 15-May 7, 2017

Grad show

2016 Graduate Art Exhibition installation view

Each spring, the Tarble Arts Center and the EIU Art Department proudly present the annual thesis exhibition of work by the current MA candidates in Eastern Illinois University’s Studio Art program. Every year a wide range of styles, media, and approaches to art making are on view.  


Mythic Macrocosm: Stewart Goldman Paintings

Brainard Gallery | February 25-May 14, 2017


Stewart GoldmanSplat (detail), 2010, Oil on linen | Image Courtesy of the Artist

Throughout a career that spans over 45 years, Stewart Goldman’s paintings have depicted the artist’s unique perspectives: riffs on Ruben, painstakingly detailed and atmospheric interiors, or colorfully abstract and bucolic natural settings. Some of these images come from Goldman’s world travels and others are of his home, devoid of its furnishings. Mythic Macrocosm displays a combination of the artist’s natural abstractions from the early 2000s and a selection of his more recent series of abstract paintings, based off of observed landscapes in New Zealand, Sicily, and Capri. 


Jacco Olivier: Cosmology in Flux

eGallery | February 25-May 14, 2017


Jacco OlivierRevolution (detail), 2010, HD animation on Hard Disc | Image Courtesy of the Artist & Marianne Boesky Gallery

In Cosmology in Flux, Dutch painter, Jacco Olivier illustrates the vivacity of painting and his ability to realize his subject matter in rich animation. The artist paints, photographs, and collages his abstract and figurative images to create fluid paintings and narratives. This exhibition will display two of Olivier’s signature works Landscape and Revolution, both from 2010. While the works show disparate environments, they also allude to the idea that these ecosystems are constantly in flux, whether we are aware of it or not. 


2017 Undergraduate All-Student Show

Main Galleries | February 25-April 2, 2017

UASS installation view

2016 Undergraduate All Student Show installation view

Open to EIU undergraduates; this competitive exhibition features a diverse array of media: painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, digital art, computer animation, metals, and ceramics. Each year, a panel of area college and university Art faculty and Art professionals select the participants.  This program is presented by the EIU Art Department and the Tarble Arts Center. 


Firelei Báez: Vessels of Genealogies 

Main Galleries | November 19-February 12, 2016-2017

Vessels of Genealogies

Firelei BáezVessel of Genealogies (detail), 2016, Acrylic, graphite and ink on paper | Image Courtesy of the Artist & Gallery Wendi Norris

Vessels of Genealogies 
presents works by Firelei Báez—an artist known for depicting individuals who move across regional, national, and racial boundaries and are influenced by a wide range of imagery from various cultures. Báez’s intricate large-scale works are evidence of her labor-intensive processes. Her work evokes both the beauty and political implications of decorative elements and body ornaments such as hairstyles, fashion, textiles, and tattoos. She employs these signifiers as a means to celebrate cultural prowess and as a way to assign previously disenfranchised individuals, political agency and authority. Encouraging new ways of being in the present and the future, Vessels of Genealogiespresents radical, fluid figures that offer alternative realities to those whose cultural identities have remained traditionally absent from dominant culture. Vessels of Genealogies is co-curated by Perez Art Museum Miami Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz, curator of Báez’s nationwide traveling exhibition, Bloodlines. 


Reaching Into Infinity: Chul Hyun Ahn 

Main Galleries | November 19-February 9, 2016-2017

Reaching Into Infinity

Chul Hyun AhnPortal (detail), 2013, Plywood, acrylic, changing LED lights and mirrors | Image Courtesy of the Artist and C. Grimaldis Gallery 

In collaboration with the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Tarble Arts Center will present an exhibition of work by Baltimore-based artist Chul Hyun Ahn called Reaching into Infinity: Chul Hyun Ahn. Ahn uses light, color and illusion to create sculptures that serve as explorations of infinite space. His curiosity about the boundaries between the conscious and unconscious inspire him to build contemplative environments that defy spatial planes. Ahn’s sculptures urge viewers to ponder the limitlessness of the human capacity for metaphysical growth. 
Chul Hyun Ahn was born in Busan, South Korea, Ahn moved to the U.S. in 1997 to study at Eastern Michigan University before receiving a Master of Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 2002. Since 2003 Chul Hyun Ahn has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and his work can be found in numerous private and public collections such as the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, the Hearst Foundation Collection in New York, the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in Miami, Florida, the McDonald’s Corporation in Washington, DC and the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs, California. Ahn is represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery. 


Eli Craven: P.S. 

Brainard Gallery | November 19-February 12, 2016-2017


 Eli Craven, Naïve Object #2 (detail), 2014, Archival inkjet print and perforated aluminum sheet | Image Courtesy of the Artist

As part of this year’s Artist in Education Residency, the Tarble Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Eli Craven called P.S.. Craven’s work explores the role of images and objects within the development of identity, memory, and desire. The acts of looking and collecting are central to his process. Each project begins with a search for redeemable sources at estate sales, thrift stores, and other second hand markets. Through various methods of manipulation, the materials brim with new possibilities—engaging viewers’ senses with the familiar, the bizarre, the mundane or the erotic . Using photography, sculpture, and collage, the reclaimed materials become installations and assemblages intended to provide new narratives. 

Eli Craven is an artist born in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He currently lives and works in Champaign, Illinois, where he teaches photography at the University of Illinois. His work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally, most recently at the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver, BC and in the book Unlocked published by Atopos CVC in Athens, Greece. 


Blackbox Series | Phantasmagoria  

eGallery | November 19-February 12, 2016-2017


Ranu MukherjeeHome and the World (still), 2015, Single-channel animation (Hybrid Film) | Image Courtesy of the Artist & Gallery Wendi Norris

The second presentation of Blackbox will be an exhibition entitled Phantasmagoria, an immersive video experience of “hybrid films” by Ranu Mukherjee. Mukherjee’s works layer animation, drawing, found imagery, painting and still photography to produce vibrantly hued, moving collages. This Blackbox presentation corresponds to this year’s exhibition them of nature as the artist’s work frequently juxtaposes landscape as both a stage and an activated form. 

Ranu Mukherjee is a San Francisco-based artist, who has shown nationally and internationally. She holds an MFA in painting from the Royal College of Art, London and a BFA in painting and film from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. She taught for many years at Goldsmiths College, London. Mukherjee is currently an Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts, where she teaches studio art and social practice. Mukherjee is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris, has nine-year-old triplets and almost fully grown tentacles. 




Main Galleries | August 13-October 30, 2016




Brainard Gallery | August 13-October 30, 2016




eGallery | August 13-October 30, 2016





Tarble Atrium Cinema
The Lobster (R, 2015)

Tarble Atrium
April 30, 5:30pm


In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. Runtime 119 minutes.

Synopsis adapted from IMDB.

FREE for Members & Students
$3 suggested donation for all others 





Tarble After Hours

Atrium, Classroom & Galleries, April 25
Alumni & Friends: 5-7pmEIU
Students: 6-9pm

Come and relax at Tarble After Hours. Hang out while taking in some art to celebrate the end of the semester, or make art, play games, grab a bite and listen to a live DJ.

FREE & Open to the Public






Tarble Tables Tarot

Tarble Triangle
April 185-6:30pm

Join us at The Porch Project: Tarble Tables for a night of stories past, present, and future. Tarot readings will take place on a first come first serve basis. Come hang out, meet new people, discover stories known and hidden.


FREE & Open to the Public





Tarble Trip: Take me to St. Louis

April 6, 8:30am-6:30pm
(In St. Louis from 11:30 to 4:00)

Visits to two breathtaking museums will fill this dynamic day trip. We start the day with a visit to the Pulitzer Art Foundation to view Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt, then move over to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis to trace resonances of these works into the contemporary. This will be a thought provoking day full of uncovering and re-thinking our relationship to ancient art, culture making and memory. Price includes lunch and a snack.


Register by: March 8, 2019
$75 for members
$90 for non-members

Questions & registration, call 217-581-ARTS (2787) or email




Tarble Atrium Cinema: Suspiria (R, 1977)

Tuesday, March 26
5pm, Classroom

In this cult horror film by Dario Argento, Suzy Bannion, an American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders. Runtime 100 minutes.

Synopsis adapted from IMDB.

FREE & Open to the Public




Tarble Reads: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Thursday, March 7
5pm, Classroom

This short story collection burst onto the scene when published in 2017. Parul Sehgal, writing for the New York Times, describes Her Body and Other Parties as “a love letter to an obstinate genre that won’t be gentrified. It’s a wild thing, this book, covered in sequins and scales, blazing with the influence of fabulists from Angela Carter to Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi, and borrowing from science fiction, queer theory and horror.” The eight stories that make up this vivid and arrecting collection are wide ranging and mix psychology, magic. and fairy tale into the experiences of women’s bodies and lives.


FREE & Open to the Public 




Ugly Art Pottery Party

Tuesday, February 26

Sometimes art isn’t beautiful. Sometimes art tackles some pretty ugly topics. Talking about art can be messy, making art can be messy. We will have a pointed and engaging talk about some of the work in the Tarble's permanent collection and end the night with a pottery party style project. Wine and refreshments will accompany the evening's events. This will be a 21+ event.


$16 for members
$20 for non-members

Registration deadline: February 11, 2019




Tarble Atrium Cinema: Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13, 2012)

Tuesday, February 12

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. Runtime is 93 minutes.

 Synopsis adapted from IMDB.

Free & Open to the Public.
RSVP Recommended




Tarble Reads: Blue Lenses by Daphne du Maurier

Thursday, January 31
5pm, Atrium

Needing surgery to fix her vision, the blind Marda West receives a complicated procedure. While at the hospital recuperating, as well as when she is released, she is plagued by feelings of dislocation. This thriller explores Marda’s re-entry into the world  and the repercussions of her surgery upon her and the people who surround her. Join us for a discussion of du Maurier’s work and how it connects to the film work by Sue de Beer whose title references this intriguing short story. 

If you would like to read Blue Lenses by Daphne du Maurier prior to the event, click here. For the audiobook click here.


Free & Open to the Public.




Sue de Beer, The White Wolf (still), 2018 Two-channel HD video © Sue de BeerImage Courtesy of the Artist & Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen

Come Wind, Come Weather Artist Lecture

Thursday, January 24
5:30pm, Atrium

Free & Open to the Public.


Spring Preview pARTy

Friday, January 25

Members Only: 5-7pm
Open to the Public: 6-7pm


waren vs. meloncholy

Tarble Reads: Warsan Versus Melancholy (The Seven Stages of Being Lonely)
by Warsan Shire

Tuesday, December 4, 5pm

As a companion program to In the Eye of the Beholder, we’re reading, or rather listening to a selection from Warsan Shire’s digital album of poetry called, warsan versus melancholy (the seven stages of being lonely).  Shire’s work was most notably adapted for Beyonce’s film Lemonade (2016), which explores the journey of love in a woman’s life.  Join us for a reading of Shire’s digital album juxtaposed against selections from Beyonce’s film for a powerful and dynamic discussion.

FREE and Open to the Public


 Miranda Lash

Visiting Scholar: Miranda Lash

Thursday, November 29, 5:30pm

Join us as visiting scholar Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum, discusses her work in the art world. Miranda Lash is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum. She has curated over twenty exhibitions, including the large-scale traveling retrospective exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch and the site-specific installations and exhibitions Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms; Katie Holten: Drawn to the Edge; and Swoon: Thalassa. Lash received her BA in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, and her MA in Art History from Williams College.

FREE and Open to the Public.


the bread winner

Tarble Atrium Cinema: The Breadwinner (pg-13, 2017)

Tuesday, November 27, 6pm

The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year old girl living in Afghanistan during 2001, under the rule of the Taliban. To support her family, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy, after her father’s wrongful arrest. Working alongside an old friend, she soon discovers a free, yet dangerous world open to boys and men. Parvana, draws on the bravery of the characters she creates in her stories, and embarks upon a heroic journey to find her father and reunite her family. The Breadwinner was a 2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film Runtime is 94 minutes.

FREE for Members and Students | $3.00 suggested donation for all others


Camille CompoMaureen Connor

Camille Compo Memorial Women’s Studies Endowed Speaker Series: Maureen Connor and Laia Abril

Wednesday, November 14, 5:30pm
Tarble Atrium

Laia Abril is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video, and sound. Her work focuses on telling intimate stories which raise uneasy and hidden realities related to sexuality, eating disorders, and gender equality. She was a resident at FABRICA, the Benetton Research Centre in Treviso, Italy, where she worked as a creative editor and staff photographer at COLORS magazine. 

Abril's projects are produced across platforms as installations, books, web docs, and films. Her work has been shown internationally in the United States, Canada, the UK, China, Poland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, France, Italy, and Spain. Abril's works are held in private collections and museums, such as Musée de l'Elysée and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland and MNAC in Barcelona. She has received grants and award nominations from the Magnum Foundation, ICP-Infinity awards, Foam Paul Huf, CatchLight, Visionary Award and selected as a juror's choice award at Santa Fe Center and Plat(f)orm Fotomuseum Winterthur. More recently she has been awarded the Revelación Photo España Award, Fotopress Grant and Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro for A History of Misogyny, chapter one: On Abortion exhibited at Les Rencontres d'Arles (2016). Abril has published several books--Thinspiration (self-published, 2012), Tediousphilia (Musée de l'Elysée, 2014), and the highly acclaimed The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014), which was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award, and referred to as "a masterpiece of a photobook" by critic Jörg Colberg.

After completing her five-year project On Eating Disorders, Abril has embarked on the new long-term project, A History of Misogyny. Its first chapter On Abortion was published by Dewi Lewis in 2017; she is currently developing a second chapter, On Rape Culture, for which just received the Visionary Award Grant

Maureen Connor is an artist and educator working since the 1970s. Her work combines elements of installation, video, interior design, activism, human resources, feminism, pedagogy and social justice. Recognized for her feminist work from the 1980s and '90s, Connor has been included in numerous publications and exhibited widely in national and international venues. She began teaching at Queens College, CUNY in 1990, and is now Emerita Professor of Art. Since 2000, Connor has been developing Personnel, a series of investigations and interventions concerned with bringing more democracy to the workplace. In 2010, she co-founded Social Practice Queens, an MFA in Socially Engaged Art at Queens College in collaboration with the Queens Museum. She co-founded The Institute for Wishful Thinking (IWT) a collective that produces interventions exploring the attitudes and needs of individuals and institutions and offers support by soliciting wishes in 2008. Since 2012, she has been co-facilitating the Pedagogy Group, a group of art educators who meet to share syllabi and readings and to consider how to embody progressive politics in art education. Connor's work has been exhibited as a solo artist and within the collective IWT at Austrian Cultural Forum, NY; Columbia, South Carolina's annual film festival; Indie Grits; the Harlem Biennial; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Momenta Art, Brooklyn; Museum of Modern Art, New York; MAK, Vienna; Periferic 8 Biennial, lasi, Romania; Porticus, Frankfurt; ICA, Philadelphia; Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Whitney Biennial, among others. Maureen Conner lives and works in New York City. 

FREE and Open to the Public.


Ugly Art Paint N' Sip

Thursday, November 8, 6-8pm

Sometimes art isn’t beautiful. Sometimes art tackles some pretty ugly topics. This night is all about challenging beauty and accepting comfort in all narratives. We will have a pointed and engaging talk about some of the work In The Eye of The Beholder and end the night with a paint n’ sip style project.

This will be a 21+event and no prior painting experience needed.
$30.00 for Tarble Members | $37.50 for Non-members
Registration deadline: November 2






 After Hours

Tarble After Hours, College Night

Atrium and Main Galleries
Thursday, October 25 , 6-9pm

The Tarble will be open late for our EIU students to hang out with friends, explore the Tarble’s major exhibition, In the Eye of the Beholder or its new permanent collection installation, make art inspired by the evening’s events, grab a light bite and listen to a live DJ. Drop in and enjoy the Tarble After Hours!

FREE and Open to all EIU Students.


Women without men

Tarble Atrium Cinema: Women Without Men (PG, 2009)

Tuesday, October 16, 6pm

 Shirin Neshat’s feature length debut juxtaposes Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état against the destinies of four Iranian women. While the streets of Tehran overflow with people protesting the overthrow of the prime minister, four seemingly disparate women have more pressing concerns: Farrokhlagha's husband thinks he should be allowed to marry multiple women; Munis toils under the ever-watchful eye of her brother; Faezeh has physical and emotional difficulties; and Zarin is an unwilling prostitute. Courageously, these four women pursue solutions to the dilemmas that their lives present them to eventually find freedom, comfort, and friendship. Run time 99 minutes.

FREE for Members and Students
$3.00 for non-Members


Bethan Collins

Public Lecture: Bethany Collins

Thursday, October 11, 5:30pm

Join us as artist, Bethany Collins, featured in the exhibition In the Eye of the Beholder, as she discusses her work and practice in an insightful public lecture.

FREE and Open to the Public 


 written on the body


Tarble Reads: Written on the Body, by Jeanette Winterson (Led by Dr. Jeannie Ludlow, Associate Professor of English)

Tuesday, October 2, 5pm

Says Jim Shepard of the New York Times: "Written on the Body is an ambitious work, at once a love story and a philosophical meditation on the body as both physical entity and objective correlative of our innermost selves, our bodies as our embodiment. The narrator, unnamed, sex undeclared, chronicles the arc of an affair with a married woman named Louise. The result is a work that is consistently revelatory about the phenomenon of love.” Join us for an in-depth discussion with Associate Professor of English, Dr. Jeannie Ludlow.

FREE and Open to the Public




Tanya Aguiñiga, Palapa (detail), 2017, Synthetic hair Image courtesy of the Artist & Volume Gallery

Curators Gallery Talk: In the Eye of the Beholder


August 28, 2018
11:30am, Main Gallery

Join us for a walk through of the Tarble’s latest exhibition, In the Eye of the Beholder

FREE and Open to the Public




Educator Open House

Tarble Classroom, Thursday, August 23, 4-6:30pm

Come join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the Tarble’s new classroom, welcome our new Museum Education Manager, Tim Abel, and of course discuss future education opportunities at the Tarble! 

Light refreshments will be served and reservations are required. Please RSVP by August 16 to or call 217-581-ARTS (2787).

FREE and Open to the Public



Tarble Family Weekend Art Extravaganza 2018  

Atrium and Tarble Galleries
Saturday, September 22, 1-4pm

Enjoy make-and-take art activities for “kids” of all ages. Also view the Tarble’s current exhibitions spanning across Modern and Contemporary Art, which showcase a variety of media and styles.  Kid-friendly refreshments will be available.

FREE and Open to the Public.



Tarble Atrium Cinema: Real Women Have Curves (pg-13, 2002)

Atrium,Tuesday, September 18, 6pm

Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager, living in the predominately Latino community of East Los Angeles, is on the verge of womanhood. After graduating high school, she receives a full scholarship to Columbia University, but Ana's very traditional parents feel that it’s time for Ana to help provide for the family, not go to college. Uncertain of how her modern ambitions fit with her cultural heritage, Ana agrees to work with her mother at her sister's downtown LA sewing factory over the summer.

FREE for Members & Students | $3.00 suggested donation for all others



Howardena Pindell, Free, White and 21, 1980, Color video with sound, 12:15 min. (still) | Image courtesy of the Artist & Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.


Reach at Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University—Bloomington

Saturday, September 15, 9:30am-8pm

This day trip will include a guided tour through this innovative show that presents 24 contemporary US-based women artist of color.Out of Easy Reach creates a relevant and dynamic cross-dialogue with the Tarble’s fall exhibit. The trip will also include a studio visit and collaborative project with Molly Evans, who is a textile artist and visiting assistant professor at Indiana University. A box lunch and dinner are included in the price. 

To register for the trip, click here

$70.00 for Tarble Members | $87.50 for Non-members
Registration deadline: September 7th


tots 4 tarbleTots 4 Tarble

Tarble Galleries
Friday, September 14, October 12, November 9 and December 14, 10am-11am  

Continuing this fall is a new monthly program for the pre-school set called Tots 4 Tarble. Join us for story time and a hands-on activity led by Tarble docents and EIU Art Education majors. A light healthy snack will be available after the program.  Space is limited and reservations are required to attend and should be made one week in advance of each monthly program.

For more information or to reserve a space for your child or group email or call 217-581-ARTS (2787).

FREE and Open to the Public.


tarble tables

Tarble Talkback: Poetry on the Porch

Tarble Triangle, Wednesday, September 12, 5-6:30pm

Tarble Talkbacks are open-forum opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the Charleston community to share ideas, feedback and sound off. This special edition of our Tarble Talkback series will use Heather Hart’s site-specific sculpture, The Porch Project: The Tarble Tables as a site for poetry, spoken word, and storytelling. Come out and meet new people and hear their stories at The Tarble Tables

FREE and Open to the Public.



Curator Gallery Talk: Permanent Collection Gallery

Tuesday, September 11, 11:30am

Join Rehema Barber, Tarble Director and Chief Curator for a walk through of the Tarble’s latest permanent collection installation.

FREE and Open to the Public.




Artists-In-Dialogue: Lunch with Diana Al-Hadid & Heather Hart

Atrium, Friday, September 7, 11:30am

Join us for an informal round table meal and conversation with Outside/Inside artists Diana Al-Hadid and Heather Hart. We will discuss their works The Tarble Tables: Porch Project and Smokescreen currently on view at the Tarble and their artistic practices beyond these works. 

RSVP required. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase a pre-packaged meal for $10.00. To RSVP email or call 217-581-ARTS (2787) by August 30. 


Arts-in-Education Artist Residency

This month-long residency program celebrates new approaches to visual concepts, methods and media. Built upon a collaboration between participating schools, the Illinois and Coles County Arts Councils, and the Tarble, this program is designed to bring a professional artist into the classroom each fall. The residency is composed of the following components: a one week (2-3 sessions) hands-on workshop at each participating school (visiting at minimum three sites total); facilitating a “Core Group” class offered at no charge to community members at the Tarble Arts Center one evening a week throughout the duration of the residency program; a concurrent solo show of the artist’s professional work at the Tarble Arts Center; and a public lecture regarding the artist’s work and practice.

In the past artists have been selected from a roster compiled by the Illinois Arts Council Agency. This program is supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA). For more information about past residency artists and programs, please contact the Tarble



grad show

A.L.L Gallery Talk:
May 2, 2018
5:30-7pm, Main Galleries



April 19, 2018
5:30pm, Tarble Triangle

tarble tables



Join the Tarble at The Porch Project: Tarble Tables for competitive trivia! How well do you know American history? Are you well versed in pop culture? Or are you an art aficionado? Test your knowledge to win prizes. Tarble Tables Trivia is great fun for everyone! Individual participants are encouraged to drop-in, but teams of 5 are strongly advised to register by April 12. 

FREE and Open to the Public



Atrium and Main Galleries 
Thursday, April 12, 2017


Join us for an evening of Bollywood/ Tollywood inspired activities. The Tarble will be open late for our EIU students to hang out with friends, explore Tarble exhibitions, and make art inspired by the evening’s events. Drop in and enjoy the Tarble After Hours! 

FREE and Open to all EIU Students. 



Doudna Fine Arts Center, Room 1630 
April 5 & 6 

Jien and Alan Pocaro will collaboratively teach and work with EIU students in the print studio to create one of a kind prints.


David Jien Public Lecture:
April 4, 2018, 5:30 pm, Atrium

David Jien



April 2, 2018
2-3:30pm, Atrium and Tarble Galleries 



Join us and enjoy make-and-take art activities for “kids” of all ages. Also, view the Tarble’s permanent collection and exhibitions of the emeritus Art & Design faculty in The Way We Were, and David Jien’s Time Will Tell. Kid-friendly refreshments will be available. 

FREE and Open to the Public. 





Tarble Atrium 
Monday, March 26, 5pm 

Rounding out our celebration of women in March is the Tarble Reads selection of Guadalupe Nettel’s The Body Where I was Born. Join us to discuss this stirring tale of redemption. A limited number of books will be available for loan through Booth Library. 

From a psychoanalyst’s couch, the narrator recalls her peculiar childhood, filled with a family intent on fixing a birth defect, and having survived the emotional turmoil of those experiences. The narrator’s intimate retelling uses the voice of her younger self—a keen and perceptive girl aware of life’s trials. Using sharp language and wry humor, the young girl connects a series of poignant memories to reveal a humiliating and traumatizing childhood that marred, yet ultimately made her whole. (Synopsis adapted from Goodreads) 

FREE and Open to the Public




Frida (R, 2002)

Tarble Atrium 
Tuesday, March 20, 6pm

Help us celebrate the power of strong women in March as we screen Frida (2002), starring Salma Hayek in her Academy Award-nominated portrayal as Frida Kahlo and Alfred Molina as her husband, Diego Rivera. Adapted from the book Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrer, this movie is a dramatized biography that follows the intriguing, yet tragic life of artist Frida Kahlo. Frida (2002) depicts this master painter, whom the New York Times has called, “irreverent, and unforgettable,” channeling debilitating pain from a life-changing injury and her turbulent marriage with Rivera into her art.

FREE and Open to the Public.



Tarble Galleries
Friday, March 9, April 13, May 11 and June 8 

Tiny Tots 4 Jesus


Join us on the second Friday of every month for Tots 4 Tarble led by Tarble docents and EIU Early Childhood majors! Formulated especially for the pre-school set, Tots 4 Tarble features story time, a hands-on activity, and a healthy snack 

FREE and Open to the Public.


March 6, 2018
11 am, Brainard Gallery

The way we were




Atrium & Tarble Galleries
Thursday, October 26, 7-10pm


Calling all EIU students that are Harry Potter fans! In conjunction with Booth Library’s exhibition, Harry Potter: Celebrating a Phenomenon, come experience the magic of Hogwarts at the Tarble. This late-night costume party will feature food, music, hands-on activities, and more. Have your favorite EIU student contact for details. 

FREE and Open to all EIU Students.



Tarble Galleries
Friday, September 8, and October 13

Tiny Tots 4 Jesus

Debuting this fall is a new monthly program for the pre-school set called Tots 4 Tarble. Join us for story time and hands-on activities led by Tarble docents and EIU Early Childhood majors!

FREE and Open to the Public.





Atrium & the Tarble Galleries
Saturday, September 16, 1-4pm
Led by Kelsey Cox 

Enjoy make-and-take art activities for “kids” of all ages. Also view the Tarble’s current exhibitions spanning across genres such as the Meiji Period, as well as Modern and Contemporary Art, which showcase a variety of media and styles. Kid-friendly refreshments will be available. 

FREE and Open to the Public.






Kubo and the Two Strings

(PG, 2016)
Saturday, October 7, 2pm 

Runtime: 101 minutes

ALL Movies are FREE and Open to the Public.



Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 
October 3-26, 2017 11am-1:30pm 

The Junior-Senior High Art Explorations Program focuses on issues in contemporary art. The program combines a tour and studio experience and is offered free of charge to secondary level Art classes in our eight county service area.

The Junior-Senior High School Art Explorations Program is underwritten by First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust


Tarble Trips

Group trips are offered to view exhibitions at area museums in the midwest. Fees and schedules vary according to institutional availability.

Japan House Tarble Trips


Champaign, Illinois
August 27, 12-8pm

Join us as we travel up the road to Champaign for a day of Japanese cultural immersion that will include a special lunch; a private tea ceremony at the University of Illinois' Japan House; and an opportunity to explore the demonstrations, performances, vendors, and more during: Matsuri, A Japanese Festival at Japan House. The cost includes lunch, the tea ceremony, and limited vendor tickets to the festival.

$60.00 for a Tarble member
$75.00 for a non-member

The deadline to register is Friday, August 18. Seats are limited and early registration is advised. Register online here or register in-person at the Tarble Office, 2010 9th Street, Charleston during the hours of 10am-5pm Tuesday-Friday.



Tarble Tables




The Porch Project: The Table Tables 
Tuesday, August 29, 5:30pm

This special edition of our Tarble Talkback series will use Heather Hart’s site-specific sculpture, The Porch Project: The Tarble Tables as a beginning of the semester meet and greet site. Come make a friend or several friends using lively and entertaining icebreakers and group activities. 

FREE and Open the Public.



Tarble Triangle
Thursday, September 21, 6pm  

Join the Tarble at The Porch Project: Tarble Tables for competitive trivia! How well do you know American history? Are you well versed in pop culture? Or are you an art aficionado? Test your knowledge to win prizes. Tarble Tables Trivia is great fun for everyone! Individual participants are encouraged to drop-in, but teams of 5 are strongly advised to register by September 18. 

FREE and Open to the Public 



Thursday, September 21, 4:30pm 

The Academy of Lifelong Learning invites you to discover the ever-growing opportunities for learning from ages 4 through 104 available at EIU! EIU’s President Glassman, along with esteemed partners will share their stories at this special event. For more information visit adulted/all.php

FREE and Open to the Public.





The Hidden Fortress

 The Hidden Fortress (NR, 1958)

Thursday, October 5, 6pm 
Runtime: 155 minutes.


 Millinnium Dragon

Legend of the Millennium Dragon 
(PG-13, 2011) 

Friday, October 6, 3pm 
Runtime: 98 minutes

ALL Movies are FREE and Open to the Public. 



Monday, October 9, 5:30pm


As a companion program to Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: Japanese Prints from the Taubman Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection, we’re reading the Japanese classic, Kokoro by Natsume Soseki, one of Japan’s most celebrated authors. The book, set in the Meiji era, tells the tale of friendship between a young man and his Sensei. Join us for a lively discussion about Kokoro, an exploration of fate, love, and cultural revolution. 

*Led by Dr. Jinhee J. Lee, Associate Professor of History and Chair of Asian Studies. 

FREE and Open to the Public


August 26-October 29, 2017


A.L.L. Gallery Talk:

Jenny Chi, Ann Coddington, and Chris Kahler
September 13, 2017
11am, Main Galleries


Curator's Convo: 
Ben Venom & Mike Schuetz
September 19, 2017
5:30pm, Atrium


Dr. Robert Petersen 
October 17, 2017
5:30pm, Atrium



March 7, 2017, 6pm, Atrium 


Afterspring flyer


A.L.L. Gallery Talk: Chul Hyun Ahn

February 9, 2017, 11am, Atrium 

Chul Hyun Ahn



Public Lecture: Eli Craven 

January 19, 2017, 5:30pm, Atrium 

Eli Craven


Public Lecture: Ranu Mukherjee 

January 12, 2017, 5:30 pm, Atrium 

Ranu Mukherjee



AIE Residency Reception

December 15, 2016, 5pm, Atrium 


Curator's Conversation: María Elena Ortiz with Firelei Báez

November 17, 2016, 5:30pm, Atrium

Baez poster



October 27, 2016, 7-10pm
Atrium and Main Galleries

After Hours

The Tarble will be open late for students to hang out and make new friends, explore exhibitions and create fun art. Light refreshments will be served. Drop in and enjoy the Tarble After Hours!

FREE and Open to all EIU Students.


Public Lecture: Travis Somerville*

October 18, 2016, 5:30pm, Atrium

Sommerville poster


Book Talk: Citizen: An American Lyric
by Claudia Rankine led by Rehema Barber*

October 17, 2016, 4:30pm, Booth Library, West Reading Room


Public Performance: Shaun Leonardo

October 12, 2016, 12pm, Booth Library Quad


Public Lecture: Shaun Leonardo

October 11, 2016, 5:30pm, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Lecture Hall


Camille Compo Memorial Women's Studies Endowed Speaker Series: Dr. Gail Levin

October 10, 2016, 5pm
Doudna Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall

Dr. Gail Levin

Dr. Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, Women’s Studies, and Liberal Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will present the inaugural lecture in the newly established Camille Compo Memorial Women’s Studies Endowed Speaker Series in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Recital Hall with a reception immediately following in the Tarble Art Center’s Main Galleries.

FREE and Open to the Public.


Tarble Trips: A Tasting Tour

October 8, 2016, 7:30am-9:30pm

Mitchell Museum

Join us as we travel to Southern Illinois' Wine Country for a day of artisanal workshops, regional cultural attractions and a sweet and savory wine tasting!

FEE: $60.00 for Tarble Members, $75.00 for Non-members
Registration Deadline: September 26

Charleston Community Theatre:
Queen of Bingo

October 7-8, 13-15, 2016, 7:30pm
October 9, 2016, 2pm


To some people, bingo is almost a religious experience. So what could be better for Babe and Sis than playing bingo every Tuesday at the local Catholic church where the numbers are called by the parish priest? Sisters provide running commentary about themselves, other people playing bingo, and life. Hilarity ensues. The audience has an opportunity to play a game of bingo, with a prize awarded at the end.

Directed by Jeanne Michels & Phyllis Murphy.

Tickets are available through the Charleston Community Theatre. For more information or to order tickets call: 1-877-842-FANS (3267).


Public Lecture: Dread Scott*

October 6, 2016, 5pm, Doudna Fine Arts Center, Lecture Hall

dread scott flyer


October 4, 2016, 6-8pm
Doudna Fine Arts Center, Lecture Hall

black panther poster

The 1960s were a tumultuous time where the civil rights debate and the Vietnam War divide took over the nation. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense emerged during this time of revolution. The film details the group’s meteoric rise and ultimate fall. Recommended for teens, young adults and up. 

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is shown in companion with the exhibition A Dark Matter…Directed by Stanley Nelson. Runs 120 minutes.

FREE and Open to the Public.


Artists-in-Dialogue: Samuel Levi Jones, jc lenochan & Cheryl Pope

September 28, 2016, 5:30pm, Atrium


A.L.L. Gallery Talk: Jason Patterson

September 9, 2016, 11am, Main Galleries


Public Lecture: Sheila Pree Bright

September 7, 2016, 5:30pm, Atrium

sheila poster



Public Lecture: Erin Washington

August 25, 2016, 5:30pm, Atrium 
Reception to follow

washington flyer






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