The Tarble’s outdoor grounds are activated with Press Play, a site-responsive digital exhibition of video and audio artworks by Calvin Arsenia, Zlatko Ćosić and Brad Decker, Addoley Dzegede, José Faus, Jana Harper, Megan Kaminski, Marie Bannerot McInerney, Kyle Mullins, and Raffaela. Groves of trees, architecture, words, music, movement, and art play together, offering reflections on our sense of place in relation to both built environments and the natural world.
Press Play QR codes and a call-in phone number are situated throughout the green spaces that surround the building, inviting those passing through to use their phones or smart devices to experience works contributed by artists, poets, dancers, musicians, healers, writers, and creative voices. This exhibition offers the opportunity to encounter art in an open-air, contactless environment.
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Organized collaboratively by the Tarble Arts Center and EIU’s Department of Art + Design, the 2021 EIU Undergraduate Art Exhibition will be presented in four chapters to celebrate the debut of the new Glenn Hild Student Art Gallery located in room 1910 in Doudna Fine Arts Center.
You are invited to come by during gallery hours, which are 2–5 pm on Monday–Thursday for the following dates:
Main Gallery / Online
February 29-March 27, 2020
David Richardson + Kayla Warner (BFA, 2016)
Patricia Belleville, Brad Olson, Debbie Nivens + Casey Wilen (MA. Ed, 2017)
January 18-March 8 2020
January 18-March 8 2020
Jaclyn Mednicov (MA, 2012) + Bishal (Bhaikaji) Manandhar
Justin Henry Miller (BFA, 2002; MA, 2003) +
Amanda Joseph Danielle Mužina (MA, 2014) + Levi Colton
October 26-January 5, 2020
October 26-January 5, 2020
August 17-December 8
August 17-October 6
August 17-October 6
Brainard & eGallery
January 26-May 19
April 23-May 19
April 26 - May 19
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.
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.
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).
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, CUBBY CONTROL, 2012, 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.
Glenn Hild, Apprehension, 1976, Mixed media collage | Image courtesy of Artist
Marcos Serafim, Gas Station (still), 2017, HD video, projection on found object | Image courtesy of the Artist.
Olivia Griffin, Kindergarten, Warhol Hands, Tempera Crestwood School, Paris, Instructor: Millie Arp
Margaret Kilbane, Beautiful Illusion (detail), 2016, Screenprint on paper I Image courtesy of the Artist
Jiha Moon, Most Everyone's Mad Here (detail), 2015, Ink and acrylic on Hanji mounted on canvas. | Image courtesy of the Artist.
Chris Cohoon, Documentropy 2 (detail), 2013-2014, Biological residue on unprepared canvas | Image courtesy of Artist
Cream Co., Living Table (detail), 2016, Mixed media and plants| Image courtesy of Artist
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Heron 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 Ghosts, One 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.
Alan Pocaro, Friar'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.
Ben Venom, Fly 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.
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.
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.
Stewart Goldman, Splat (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, Revolution (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.
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, Vessel 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.
Chul Hyun Ahn, Portal (detail), 2013, Plywood, acrylic, changing LED lights and mirrors | Image Courtesy of the Artist and C. Grimaldis Gallery
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.
Ranu Mukherjee, Home 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.