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EIU Tarble Arts Center

Spring 2019





 ZoëErin J. Gilbert

Curator's Conversation: Zoë Buckman and Erin J. Gilbert

To be rescheduled during Spring 2019

Join us as artist, Zoe Buckman, featured in the exhibition In the Eye of the Beholder, in conversation with co-Curator Erin J. Gilbert discusses her work and practice in an insightful public forum.

FREE and Open to the Public


Tots 4 Tarble

Fridays: February 8, March 8, April 12, & May 10

 Join us on the second Friday of every month for Tots 4 Tarble! Perfect for families with children getting ready for preschool or who have just started. Each story time will include a healthy snack and a hands-on art activity. This spring we will be reading about imaginative worlds where crayons can write postcards, rain clouds can talk and a girl helps a whale find the ocean. 

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.



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



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
Questions & registration, call 217-581-ARTS (2787) or email
To register online, click here.



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 



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 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 Tables Tarot

Tarble Triangle
April 18, 5-6:30pm

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 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 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 



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2010 9th St.
Charleston, IL 61920

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