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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 Public Events

January 2020

Visiting Artist Lecture: Julia Betts

Date:
Wednesday, January 29th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Visiting Artist Lecture by Julia Betts. Sculpture By Julia Betts                   Julia Betts is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2014, Betts graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA and, in 2017, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Sculpture. Betts has participated in group exhibitions in New York City at Re:Art Show, Microscope Gallery, and Flux Factory and exhibited nationally in numerous solo shows such…

February 2020

Artist Talk: Kambui Olujimi

Date:
Saturday, February 1st
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Artist talk by artist Kambui Olujimi. Saturday at 4 p.m. Image: Kambui Olujimi, T-Minus Ø, 2017. Installation of 13 mounted flags. Digital print on cotton with aluminum pole, artist-made finial, zinc pole mount. Courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Reception: An Infinite and Omnivorous Sky

Date:
Saturday, February 1st
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Exhibition reception for An Infinite and Omnivorous Sky. Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Image: Kambui Olujimi, T-Minus Ø, 2017. Installation of 13 mounted flags. Digital print on cotton with aluminum pole, artist-made finial, zinc pole mount. Courtesy of the artist.

Wonsook Kim School of Art Research Colloquium: Andreas Fischer

Date:
Wednesday, February 5th
Time:
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wonsook Kim School of Art Research Colloquium lecture by Andreas Fischer. Wednesday at 12 p.m. Refreshments at 11:30 a.m. University Galleries are located in Uptown Normal at 11 Uptown Circle. All events are free and open to the public.

Tour and Workshop: Art Around You

Date:
Saturday, February 8th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Co-presented with the Children’s Discovery Museum. Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m. (register at: www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net)

Stroller Tour

Date:
Monday, February 10th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Bring your youngest art lovers to visit the exhibitions before we open to the public.

Community Artmaking Workshop

Date:
Saturday, February 15th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Make a project inspired by the works on view. Community artmaking workshop: 12-1 p.m. Saturday, February 15. No registration required.

2020 Faculty Biennial

Start:
Friday, February 28th
8:00 am
End:
Sunday, March 22nd
5:00 pm

2020 Faculty Biennial from February 28 through March 22. Image: Installation view of 2018 Faculty Biennial. Alice J Lee & Ladan Bahmani, TRANSLATE: Move from one place or condition to another, 2017. Acrylic, paint, and vinyl.  

Opening Reception: 2020 Faculty Biennial

Date:
Friday, February 28th
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening reception for the 2020 Faculty Biennial from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 28. The exhibition is on view from February 28 through March 22. Image: Installation view of 2018 Faculty Biennial. Alice J Lee & Ladan Bahmani, TRANSLATE: Move from one place or condition to another, 2017. Acrylic, paint, and vinyl.

Faculty Biennial Performance: Shoshin Trio

Date:
Friday, February 28th
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Faculty Biennial Performance by Shoshin Trio on Friday, February 28 at 6:45 p.m. This performance will take place during the opening reception of the exhibition.

The Story of Babar the Elephant

Date:
Saturday, February 29th
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.

Redbird Musical Adventures: The Story of Babar the Elephant

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

Redbird Musical Adventures: The Story of Babar the Elephant. Geoffrey Duce on piano. Saturday, February 29, at 11 a.m.

March 2020

Faculty Biennial Lecture: Jam Rohr

Date:
Tuesday, March 3rd
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Faculty Biennial Lecture by Jam Rohr on Tuesday, March 3 at 5 p.m.

Wonsook Kim School of Art Research Colloquium: James Mai

Date:
Wednesday, March 4th
Time:
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Wonsook Kim School of Art Research Colloquium lecture by James Mai. Wednesday at 12 p.m. Refreshments at 11:30 a.m. University Galleries are located in Uptown Normal at 11 Uptown Circle. All events are free and open to the public.

Tour and Workshop: Art Around You

Date:
Saturday, March 7th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Co-presented with the Children’s Discovery Museum. Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. (register at: www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net)

Family Artmaking Workshop

Date:
Saturday, March 14th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Make a project inspired by the works on view. Family artmaking workshop: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 14. No registration required.

Stroller Tour

Date:
Monday, March 16th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Bring your youngest art lovers to visit the exhibitions before we open to the public.

Faculty Biennial Lecture: Saskia Beranek

Date:
Tuesday, March 17th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Faculty Biennial Lecture by Saskia Beranek on Tuesday, March 17 at noon.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Devin Mays

Date:
Wednesday, March 18th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Visiting Artist Lecture by Devin Mays. Artwork by Devin Mays               Devin Mays holds a Bachelor in International Business and Marketing from Howard University. After receiving his degree, he worked in advertising developing brand strategies for the better part of a decade. He returned to school to pursue a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Chicago where he graduated in 2016. There he began an auto-ethnographic interdisciplinary exploration of material, prospective and…

Image of Research Competition

Date:
Thursday, March 19th

The Image of Research at Illinois State competition invites Illinois State University student researchers to create or capture one compelling static image of their research to share with the public along with a brief narrative that explains how the image relates to their research. The competition gives students the opportunity to engage creatively with their research, share behind-the-scenes views of their research processes, or portray their scholarship in visual form. Image of Research Competition is sponsored by the Office of…

Bach for Babies

Date:
Saturday, March 21st
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!  

Redbird Musical Adventures: Bach for Babies

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

ISU faculty and guest artists will perform for this event on Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m.

@ Salon Interdisciplinary Arts Event

Date:
Saturday, March 21st
Time:
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

@ Salon Interdisciplinary Arts Event is organized by Obsidian. Sponsored by the ISU Creative Writing Program and Department of English. Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Drop-Off Day For Student Annual Jurying

Date:
Wednesday, March 25th
Time:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Drop-off day for Student Annual Exhibition jurying.

April 2020

2020 Student Annual

Start:
Saturday, April 4th
End:
Sunday, May 10th

The Student Annual is a juried exhibition, which features work in a variety of mediums and styles, offers many students the first opportunity to have their work reviewed by professionals outside the University.

Marshall Dulaney Pitcher Award Exhibition and Reception

Date:
Saturday, April 4th
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The award recipient is selected by a Wonsook Kim School of Art committee and is considered the most talented student in the program. All students that are full time majors are eligible, both undergraduate and graduate. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of the student selected. Free and open to the public.

Community Artmaking Workshop

Date:
Saturday, April 11th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Make a project inspired by the works on view. Community artmaking workshop: 12-1 p.m. Saturday, April 11. No registration required.

Tour and Workshop: Art Around You

Date:
Saturday, April 25th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Co-presented with the Children’s Discovery Museum. Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. (register at: www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net)

Matter Distinguished Artist Lecture: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Date:
Monday, April 27th
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Matter Distinguished Artist Lecture by Njideka Akunyili Crosby is sponsored by the Anne and Stephen Matter Family Lecture Fund. Co-organized by the Wonsook Kim School of Art and University Galleries. Monday at 7 p.m.