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University Galleries

Location:
University Galleries 11 Uptown Circle #103
Normal, IL
Phone:
(309) 438-5487
Website:
http://galleries.illinoisstate.edu/

University Galleries of Illinois State University has developed a multivalent approach to exhibitions and support for artists. Our exhibitions feature both emerging and established artists, often those whose work has not been previously presented in a comprehensive manner.

University Galleries is open year-round: daily throughout the academic year and Monday-Saturday during the summer. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the general public.

Upcoming Events

October 2019

Visiting Artist Lecture: Dutes Miller

Date:
Wednesday, October 23rd
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

University Galleries will host the School of Art Visiting Artist Lecture series. Dutes Miller will give an artist talk at noon.

Participatory Performance with Eric Anthony Berdis

Date:
Wednesday, October 23rd
Time:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

University Galleries will host a participatory performance by artist Eric Anthony Berdis on Wednesday, October 23. Berdis will invite participants to march with him, in a parade-like manner, from University Galleries to the University’s Quad where a hobby-horse race will commence. The term “race” is held loosely, as participants are encouraged to cheer one another on as they gallop up and down the sidewalks.

Artist Lecture: Alison Ruttan

Date:
Thursday, October 24th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Artist Alison Ruttan will be giving a lecture on her work at noon Thursday, October 24. Unmaking of Places and Histories features new and recent architectural ceramic sculptures by Chicago-based artist Alison Ruttan. She draws on the histories of art, architecture, and warfare to address the aftermath of conflicts in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, as a way of, in her words, “bearing witness from here.” One gallery is dedicated to the artist’s Dark City, a tabletop row of nine white ceramic buildings…

Eric Anthony Berdis: Don’t let them clip your tiny little insect wings

Start:
Friday, October 25th
End:
Sunday, December 15th

Don’t let them clip your tiny little insect wings is an exhibition by artist Eric Anthony Berdis made to celebrate LGBTQ+ folks, reflect on the historical struggles of the community’s past, and encourage allyship. The exhibition will be on display from October 25-December 15.

Opening Reception: Eric Anthony Berdis and Alison Ruttan

Date:
Friday, October 25th
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening reception for two exhibitions!   -Eric Anthony Berdis: Don't let them clip your tiny little insect wings -Alison Ruttan: Unmaking of Places and Histories The reception is free and open to the public. Please contact University Galleries at (309) 438-5487 or gallery@ilstu.edu for additional information. "Don’t let them clip your tiny little insect wings," Eric Anthony Berdis’ solo exhibition, celebrates LGBTQ+ folks, reflects on the historical struggles of the community’s past, and encourages allyship. Comprised of elaborate sculptures, quilted…

Panel Discussion with Eric Anthony Berdis

Date:
Monday, October 28th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A panel discussion with Eric Anthony Berdis will feature Emily Patterson (Pride at ISU President); Nadia Stiegman (artist and Illinois State University alumna); and Alexander Martin (Central Illinois Friends Outreach Coordinator and Educator). Panelists will share their personal experiences as they discuss pronouns and name changes, the importance of allies, and how to end homophobic and transphobic language.

Participatory Performance with Eric Anthony Berdis

Date:
Monday, October 28th
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

University Galleries will host a participatory performance by artist Eric Anthony Berdis on Monday, October 28th. Informed by Allen Ginsberg’s poem, “The Sunflower Surta,” Berdis’ second performance is titled Don’t forget you are a sunflower and will take place in University Galleries surrounded by his work. During each performance Berdis will introduce himself using his name and pronouns, then will invite participants to do the same. The personal introductions will initiate a broader conversation about safe and inclusive spaces.

PUB.UNIT Presents: Poet, Editor Carmen Giménez Smith

Date:
Wednesday, October 30th
Time:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

The Publications Unit in the Department of English is welcoming poet and editor Carmen Giménez Smith to Illinois State University on October 30.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Mark E. Ritchie

Date:
Wednesday, October 30th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

University Galleries will host an Artist Lecture organized by Normal Editions Workshop. Mark E. Ritchie will give an artist talk at noon.

November 2019

Tour and Workshop – Art Around You

Date:
Saturday, November 9th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Art Around You tour and workshop co-presented with the Children’s Discovery Museum.

December 2019

Day With(out) Art [Observed]

Date:
Monday, December 2nd

All-day screening of Day With(out) Art film.

February 2020

The Story of Babar the Elephant

Date:
Saturday, February 29th 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The story of Babar the Elephant with ISU faculty artist Geoffrey Duce, piano. Recommended for preschool and elementary school aged children with their families.

March 2020

Bach for Babies

Date:
Saturday, March 21st 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Back for Babies with ISU faculty and guest artists.   Recommended for sleeping, eating, fussing, crawling, walking, exploring babies and toddlers with their families!