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Past Exhibitions and Programs


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

Brainard Gallery | August 26-October 29

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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 

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 


 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


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



Brainard Gallery | August 13-October 30



eGallery | August 13-October 30





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



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.


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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