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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.

Past Events

January 2018

Visiting Artist Lecture – Lee Hunter

Date:
Wednesday, January 31st 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lee Hunter (b. Charleston, SC, 1978) is an multi-disciplinary artist working with photography, sculpture, and video. She is interested in the built environment, landscape, and perception.

February 2018

School of Art Research Colloquium Lecture – Barry Blinderman

Date:
Tuesday, February 6th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

School of Art Research Colloquium Lecture given by Barry Blinderman, "The Curator's Tale."

Lecture: Barry Blinderman, “The Curator’s Tale”

Date:
Tuesday, February 6th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Lecture: Barry Blinderman, "The Curator's Tale"

Opening Reception: Rana Young, Terttu Uibopuu, Ebony G. Patterson

Date:
Friday, February 23rd 2018
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception: Rana Young, Terttu Uibopuu, Ebony G. Patterson

Artist Lecture: Terttu Uibopuu

Date:
Monday, February 26th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

University Galleries of Illinois State University is pleased to present Terttu Uibopuu: E.S.E. (East South East) from February 23 through April 1, 2018. Artist Reception: Friday, February 23, from 5 to 7pm Artist Lecture: Monday, February 26 at noon Curator-led tours available by appointment throughout the exhibition Titled after Terttu Uibopuu’s most recent series of photographs, E.S.E. (East South East) is the largest solo exhibition of the New York-based artist’s work to date. The exhibition features twenty-five photographs taken throughout…

Artist Lecture: Ebony G. Patterson

Date:
Wednesday, February 28th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

University Galleries of Illinois State University is pleased to present Ebony G. Patterson: they were… from February 23 through April 1, 2018. Opening reception: Friday, February 23, from 5 to 7pm Artist lecture: Wednesday, February 28 at noon Curator-led tours available by appointment throughout the exhibition they were… presents mixed-media works and a three-channel video by Ebony G. Patterson, an artist based in Kingston, Jamaica and Lexington, Kentucky. Patterson uses vibrant colors, elaborate patterns, and opulent materials to grab the…

March 2018

Gender Galleries

Date:
Saturday, March 3rd 2018
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Gender Galleries is a biannual drag show held to give young gender performers a chance to get on stage. This is an ALL AGE and FREE drag show!

Artist Lecture: Rana Young

Date:
Wednesday, March 7th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

University Galleries of Illinois State University is pleased to present Rana Young: The Rug’s Topography from February 23 through April 1, 2018. Opening reception: Friday, February 23, from 5 to 7pm Artist lecture: Wednesday, March 7 at noon Curator-led tours available by appointment throughout the exhibition The Rug’s Topography presents selected photographs from Lincoln, Nebraska-based artist Rana Young’s 2015–2017 series of the same name. Young refers to the photographs as “blended self-portraits” of herself and her former partner of six…

School of Art Research Colloquium Lecture – Albion Stafford

Date:
Tuesday, March 20th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

School of Art Research Colloquium Lecture given by Albion Stafford.

@SALON (an interdisciplinary arts salon)

Date:
Saturday, March 24th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Visiting Artist – Sam Treadway

Date:
Wednesday, March 28th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sam Treadaway is a British artist whose multidisciplinary practice includes sculpture, book arts, and olfactory scent-based installations.

Illinois State University Speaker Series: Sinclair Bell

Date:
Thursday, March 29th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Classical archaeologist and art historian Sinclair Bell will present "Race and Representation in the Roman Empire: African Athletes as Case Study" at noon on March 29 at the University Galleries.

April 2018

Opening Reception: 2018 Student Annual

Date:
Wednesday, April 11th 2018
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

IMAGE: Marshall Dulaney Pitcher Award winners: (Left) Alissa Palmer, He Named it "We're Passing Firework Territory." (Indiana)., 2017. Acrylic, charcoal, and paper on polyester. (Right) Josh Roach, Mr. Unicorn, 2017. Opening Reception Wednesday, April 11 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Awards ceremony at 6 pm.   Since 1974, the Student Annual has showcased new artwork produced by students at Illinois State University. The juried exhibition, which features work in a variety of mediums and styles, offers many students the first…

School of Art Research Colloquium Lecture – Melissa Johnson

Date:
Tuesday, April 17th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

School of Art Research Colloquium Lecture given by Melissa Johnson.

August 2018

In the Company of Black, by Cecil McDonald, Jr.

Start:
Thursday, August 16th 2018
End:
Sunday, October 14th 2018

"In the Company of Black" presents selected photographs and a new video by Cecil McDonald, Jr.

kuntur: sacred geometries, a solo exhibition by william cordova

Start:
Thursday, August 16th 2018
End:
Sunday, October 14th 2018

kuntur: sacred geometries presents new and recent works by artist, writer, curator, and educator william cordova.

Cancelled: Charles W. Bolen Faculty Recital: Daniel Schuetz, counter tenor and guests

Date:
Sunday, August 26th 2018
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

For additional information contact Daniel Schuetz (309)438-2443

Research Colloquium Lecture and Book Signing – Martin Patrick

Date:
Thursday, August 30th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lecture and Book Signing "Across the Art/Life Divide: Performance, Subjectivity, and Social Practice in Contemporary Art"

Lecture and book signing by Martin Patrick

Date:
Thursday, August 30th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Art critic, historian, and writer Martin Patrick will offer a free public lecture and will sign copies of his new book.

September 2018

william cordova in conversation with Edra Soto and Luis Gispert

Date:
Thursday, September 6th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Artists william cordova, Edra Soto, and Luis Gispert will have a free public conversation in conjunction with cordova's solo exhibition at University Galleries.

Exhibition reception at University Galleries

Date:
Friday, September 7th 2018
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us at University Galleries to celebrate new solo exhibitions by Cecil McDonald, Jr. and william cordova.

Research Colloquium Lecture – Randy Reid

Date:
Tuesday, September 11th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Research Colloquium Lecture by Randy Reid

Visiting Artist Lecture: Martha Colburn

Date:
Tuesday, September 18th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Visiting Artist Lecture by Martha Colburn

Visiting Artist Lecture – Jonah King

Date:
Wednesday, September 19th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Jonah King is a filmmaker and media artist who works on the intersection of cinema and social practice. King’s work traces the connections between landscape, ecology, ideology and structures of power.

October 2018

Conversation: Cecil McDonald, Jr. and Matt Austin

Date:
Thursday, October 4th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us at University Galleries for a free public conversation featuring artist Cecil McDonald, Jr. and Candor Arts  Director and co-founder Matt Austin. This event is organized in conjunction with McDonald's current solo exhibition at University Galleries, In the Company of Black. Candor Arts will be selling copies of their In the Company of Black publication during the event.

School of Art Research Colloquium Lecture – Ladan Bahmani

Date:
Tuesday, October 9th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

School of Art Research Colloquium Lecture by Ladan Bahmani

Visiting Artist Lecture – Amy Cousins

Date:
Wednesday, October 10th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Visiting Artist Lecture by Amy Cousins.

Visiting Artist Lecture – Elizabeth Marlowe

Date:
Thursday, October 18th 2018
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Visiting Artist Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Marlowe "Why Museums Sometimes Lie."

Opening reception: Basim Magdy

Date:
Friday, October 26th 2018
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a free public reception with artist Basim Magdy.

Basim Magdy: To Hypnotize Them With Forgetfulness (exhibition)

Start:
Saturday, October 27th 2018
End:
Sunday, December 16th 2018

To Hypnotize Them With Forgetfulness presents six films, a photographic installation, and a newly commissioned text-based work by Egyptian artist Basim Magdy.

School of Art Scholarship Recognition Reception

Date:
Saturday, October 27th 2018
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The School of Art is having a Scholarship Recognition Reception in celebration of all of their scholarship awardees.

Conversation: Basim Magdy, Bruce Jenkins, and Kendra Paitz

Date:
Tuesday, October 30th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Artist Basim Magdy, film scholar Bruce Jenkins, and exhibition curator Kendra Paitz will have a free public conversation about Magdy's work.

November 2018

Visiting Artist Lecture – Daniel Baird

Date:
Wednesday, November 7th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Visiting Artist Lecture by Daniel Baird

December 2018

World AIDS Day observance

Date:
Saturday, December 1st 2018
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a World AIDS Day candlelight vigil and reception on December 1 at 5pm.

January 2019

MFA Biennial exhibition

Start:
Thursday, January 10th
End:
Sunday, February 3rd

The MFA Biennial features works in a variety of mediums by MFA students in the School of Art.

Exhibition Reception: 2019 MFA Biennial

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

The 2019 MFA Biennial presents the work of 14 students enrolled in the School of Art’s Master’s of Fine Arts program at Illinois State University.

School of Art Research Colloquium: Rose Marshack

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

Rose Marshack, Associate Professor of Arts Technology, will share her research in a free public presentation at University Galleries.

CANCELLED Visiting Artist Lecture: Ruslana Lichtzier

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

She is the initiator and co-director of TriumphSchool Manual Project, in Triumph, Illinois, and of the project space Triumph, Chicago. Recent productions include the group exhibition “The Dangerous Professors,” Flatland, Houston, TX, and the research project in form of a group exhibition “Terrorists in The Library,” Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Stephanie Trenchard and Jeremy Popelka

Date:
Wednesday, January 30th
Time:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Presented by the Glass Department

February 2019

Visiting Artist Lecture – Steve Albini

Date:
Friday, February 1st
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visiting Artist Lecture by Steve Albini. This lecture is presented by the Arts Technology Program.

Bethany Collins: A Pattern or Practice

Start:
Friday, February 15th
End:
Sunday, March 31st

A Pattern or Practice, the most comprehensive presentation of artist Bethany Collins’ work to date, presents thirty pieces created from 2012 to 2019.

Redbird Musical Adventures: Meet the String Quartet

Date:
Saturday, February 16th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Concert for school aged children and their families For additional information contact Kate Lewis (309)438-2951

Exhibition Reception: Bethany Collins

Date:
Friday, February 22nd
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Public reception with the artist, Bethany Collins, for her exhibition 'A Pattern or Practice.'

Tour and Workshop: Art Around You

Date:
Saturday, February 23rd
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

Visiting Artist Lecture Jaimie Warren

Date:
Wednesday, February 27th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Jaimie Warren is based in Brooklyn, NY, and is a multidisciplinary artist and Co-Director/Creator of the community arts project and fake public access tv show “Whoop Dee Doo”. Warren is a NYFA Fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts, and has been awarded artist residencies in NYC with the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, BRIC, Abrons AIRspace, American Medium and Pioneer Works.

March 2019

Visiting Artist Lecture: Stephanie Trenchard and Jeremy Popelka

Date:
Thursday, March 7th
Time:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Presented by the Glass Department

Tour and Workshop: Art Around You

Date:
Saturday, March 16th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

Visiting Artist Lecture: Angelo Kakande

Date:
Wednesday, March 20th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Angelo Kakande is a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence in the School of Art

Steve Albini at University Galleries

Date:
Wednesday, March 20th
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Steve Albini, famed recording engineer, musician, cat lover, and World Series of Poker Champion will be giving a public talk at University Galleries at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. The event, presented by the Arts Technology Program at Illinois State University, is free and open to the public.

Conversation: Bethany Collins and Duriel Harris

Date:
Saturday, March 23rd
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Public conversation featuring artist Bethany Collins and poet, author, and performer Duriel Harris (Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Illinois State University).

Visiting Artist Lecture: Sanaz Sohrabi

Date:
Wednesday, March 27th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sanaz Sohrabi’s (Tehran.1988) studio practice intertwines and crosses paths with research and acts of gatherings, rendering them as a coalesce of theoretical inquiry and practice, often inseparable from one another. Working with experimental moving image, installation and objects, Sohrabi looks at visual traces, acts of view­er­ship and their rec­i­p­ro­cal dis/reap­pear­ances to in­ves­ti­gate the im­per­ma­nence and mal­leabil­ity of archival records and his­tor­i­cal nar­ra­tives.

Rosśa Crean – Public Talk

Date:
Thursday, March 28th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ross Crean with be giving a public talk on his 3 musical pieces he will be preforming at Illinois State University

Surviving Stalin and the Nazis: Vladimir Rott to speak

Date:
Thursday, March 28th
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
man standing in front of monunment with Star of David and plaques of names

Vladimir Rott will share his life journey in the talk “Surviving Repression:  A Personal Account of Life under Stalinism and Nazi Occupation.”

April 2019

Drop-Off Day For Student Annual Jurying

Date:
Tuesday, April 2nd
Time:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Drop-off day for Student Annual Exhibition jurying.

2019 Student Annual

Start:
Wednesday, April 10th
End:
Sunday, May 12th

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.

Opening Reception: 2019 Student Annual

Date:
Wednesday, April 10th
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The 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.

PUB.UNIT Presents: Poet, Editor Jerome Rothenberg, April 11

Date:
Thursday, April 11th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Publications Unit in the Department of English is welcoming poet, editor, translator Jerome Rothenberg to Illinois State University on April 11.

Graduate Recital: Douglas Temples, viola

Date:
Friday, April 12th
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Student recital

Senior Recital: Breann Laermans, viola

Date:
Saturday, April 13th
Time:
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Student Recital

Visiting Artist Lecture: Betsy Alwin

Date:
Wednesday, April 17th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Betsy Alwin received her M.F.A. from Illinois State University, a B.F.A. in sculpture and a B.A. in Spanish language from Minnesota State University. A mid-career artist, she has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens (Mass MoCA), the National Botatic Gardens in Washington D.C., The University of Washington, Tacoma, AIR Gallery, New York, and No Globe Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY.

Tour and Workshop – Art Around You

Date:
Saturday, April 20th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

the School of Art and the School of Music

Date:
Thursday, April 25th
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Student videographer and composer collaborations Featuring: Arturo Alfaro-Manriquez music Brennon Best music Addison Bohler video Lauren Colantone video Derek Droessler video Maiya Favis music Matt Fink music Adam Frank music Erica Gallermo music Shea Grehan video Adam Lindquist video Ben Long music Blaise Mollet music Joey Nottoli video Miranda Schreiber music Luis Solis music Hercules Smith video Kyle Waselewski music

May 2019

Tour and Workshop – Art Around You

Date:
Saturday, May 11th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

Cancelled: Gala on Broadway

Date:
Saturday, May 18th
Time:
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate art, music, theatre, and dance at the annual Gala at the Gallery. This special event raises funds for scholarships and grants for our College of Fine Arts students. Throughout the evening, enjoy silent and live auctions and live entertainment by students, faculty, and community members. Heavy appetizers and complimentary wine, beer, and soda are included with admission. Sponsorships Sponsoring the gala offsets the costs of the event and gives back to CFA students. Options include auction items, sponsoring food/beverages, or…

Lens-Based: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection

Start:
Monday, May 20th
9:30 am
End:
Thursday, August 8th
5:00 pm

May 20 through August 8, 2019 Lens-Based: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection presents a selection of photographs and videos acquired by University Galleries through donation or purchase since 2012. Created between 1929 and 2016, the works include gelatin silver prints, archival pigment prints, chromogenic prints, and digital videos. Artists in the exhibition are Dmitri Baltermants (1912–1990), Ilse Bing (1899–1998), Ken Heyman (b. 1930), Jason Lazarus (b. 1975), Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Cecil McDonald Jr. (b. 1965), Scott Rankin (b.…

15, 16, 17, 18: BHS Selects from the International Collection of Child Art

Start:
Thursday, May 23rd
9:30 am
End:
Sunday, July 28th
5:00 pm

May 23 through July 28, 2019 15, 16, 17, 18: BHS Selects from the International Collection of Child Art is the culminating project for University Galleries’ inaugural Teen Arts group. Curated by the Bloomington High School students participating in the program, the exhibition presents a selection of 50 artworks from Milner Library’s International Collection of Child Art. The works were made by students ages 15, 16, 17, and 18—the same ages as the members of the Teen Arts group—from Thailand,…

Katie Bell: Standing Arrangement

Start:
Friday, May 31st
End:
Sunday, August 4th

Standing Arrangement is an expansive site-specific installation by Brooklyn-based artist Katie Bell.

Opening Receptions for New Exhibitions: Katie Bell; Lens-Based; 15,16,17,18

Date:
Friday, May 31st
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon-4:00 p.m. Opening Reception Friday, May 31 5-7 pm Katie Bell: Standing Arrangement May 31 through August 4 Standing Arrangement is an expansive site-specific installation by Brooklyn-based artist Katie Bell. The work explores our natural and fabricated visual landscape and deconstructs the tradition and language of painting. Bell collects objects and ready-made materials from the place in which she is producing the work, in this case, Bloomington-Normal and the surrounding…

June 2019

Stroller Tour

Date:
Thursday, June 6th
Time:
9:00 am - 9:30 pm

Bring your youngest art lovers to visit the exhibitions before we open to the public. Stroller tour, Thursdays from from 9-9:30 a.m. June 6, June 20, and July 18.

Stroller Tour

Date:
Thursday, June 20th
Time:
9:00 am - 9:30 pm

Bring your youngest art lovers to visit the exhibitions before we open to the public. Stroller tour, Thursdays from from 9-9:30 a.m. June 6, June 20, and July 18.

July 2019

Stroller Tour

Date:
Thursday, July 18th
Time:
9:00 am - 9:30 pm

Bring your youngest art lovers to visit the exhibitions before we open to the public. Stroller tour, Thursdays from from 9-9:30 a.m. June 6, June 20, and July 18.

Family Artmaking Workshop

Date:
Saturday, July 20th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Meet University Galleries’ new curator of education and make a project inspired by the works on view. Family artmaking workshop: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, July 20 No registration required.

August 2019

Erin Hayden: Flower-o’-the-Moon

Start:
Friday, August 9th
End:
Sunday, October 20th

Flower-o’-the-Moon premieres six new paintings and a video by Illinois State University alumna Erin Hayden. Influenced by fairytales and storytelling, the works address the artist’s Irish ancestry, Celtic goddesses, girlhood, and the symbolism of water.

Stroller Tour

Date:
Friday, August 9th
Time:
9:00 am - 9:30 pm

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

September 2019

School of Art Research Colloquium: Roy Magnuson

Date:
Wednesday, September 4th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Leveraging the power of virtual reality and Unity, solsticeVR is a unique electronic music composition sandbox where amateurs and professionals alike can freely compose music based on their own original, custom samples. Designed to supplement and not replace traditional 2D audio environments such as Logic or Pro Tools, solsticeVR is an easy to use yet powerful, and deep experience. Artists are able to load up to 86 mp3, .wav, or .ogg files into custom arrays, and then instantiate and manipulate these samples in a…

VR Project Demonstration: Roy Magnuson

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

Leveraging the power of virtual reality and Unity, solsticeVR is a unique electronic music composition sandbox where amateurs and professionals alike can freely compose music based on their own original, custom samples. Designed to supplement and not replace traditional 2D audio environments such as Logic or Pro Tools, solsticeVR is an easy to use yet powerful, and deep experience. Artists are able to load up to 86 mp3, .wav, or .ogg files into custom arrays, and then instantiate and manipulate these samples in a…

Visiting Artist Lecture: Nazafarin Lotfi

Date:
Wednesday, September 11th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Workshop with Jonah King – The Big Project: Making work that won’t fit in a studio

Date:
Friday, September 13th
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join artist and filmmaker Jonah King for a workshop entitled "The Big Project: Making work that won’t fit in the studio." This workshop will feature a short lecture by King discussing the training, process, and resources necessary to pull off large scale creative works. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the team that worked with King to develop All My Friends Are In The Cloud: Jason Hoffman of Jason Hoffman Studios, Arts Technology M.S. candidates Luke Lowers…

Opening Reception: Hayden, King, Sifuentes

Date:
Friday, September 13th
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening reception for three exhibitions! -Erin Hayden: Flower-o’-the-Moon -Jonah King: All My Friends Are In The Cloud -Aram Han Sifuentes: We Are Never Never Other The reception is free and open to the public. Please contact University Galleries at 309.438.5487 or gallery@ilstu.edu for additional information. Programs at University Galleries are funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. "Flower-o’-the-Moon" premieres six new paintings and a video by Illinois State University alumna Erin Hayden. Influenced by fairytales…

Aram Han Sifuentes: Artist talk + banner-making workshop

Date:
Saturday, September 14th
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Aram Han Sifuentes Saturday, September 14 at 12pm Artist talk + banner-making workshop 'We Are Never Never Other' brings together three of Aram Han Sifuentes’ projects for the first time: 'Protest Banner Lending Library', 'U.S. Citizenship Test Sampler', and 'A Mend'. Rooted in her experiences as an immigrant from South Korea, the artist developed her community-based textile projects to confront social justice issues including racial equity, economic disparities, and political disenfranchisement. She writes, “Much of my communal work revolves around…

Exhibition tour and workshop co-presented with the Children’s Discovery Museum

Date:
Saturday, September 21st
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Exhibition tour and workshop co-presented with the Children’s Discovery Museum. Participants (ages 7-10) will meet at the CDM, come to University Galleries for an exhibition tour, and return to the CDM for an exhibition-related artmaking activity. Registration is required for this free program at childrensdiscoverymuseum.net. This program is made possible by an Illinois Prairie Community Foundation—Mirza Arts and Culture grant awarded to the CDM.

Conversation with Erin Hayden

Date:
Monday, September 30th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Artist Erin Hayden will have a free public conversation with Melissa Johnson (Associate Professor, Modern Art History and Visual Culture). Flower-o’-the-Moon premieres six new paintings and a video by Illinois State University alumna Erin Hayden. Influenced by fairytales and storytelling, the works address the artist’s Irish ancestry, Celtic goddesses, girlhood, and the symbolism of water. Equally versed in the creation of digital and analog images, the Chicago-based artist exploits the possibilities of online searches and photo editing software for her (often)…

Performance by Erin Hayden

Date:
Monday, September 30th
Time:
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Artist Erin Hayden will deliver a free public performance related to her poetic writing and typewriter-based drawing. Flower-o’-the-Moon  premieres six new paintings and a video by Illinois State University alumna Erin Hayden. Influenced by fairytales and storytelling, the works address the artist’s Irish ancestry, Celtic goddesses, girlhood, and the symbolism of water. Equally versed in the creation of digital and analog images, the Chicago-based artist exploits the possibilities of online searches and photo editing software for her (often) multi-layered digital collages.…

October 2019

Family Weekend Exhibition Tour

Date:
Saturday, October 5th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

University Galleries will host an exhibition tour at 10 a.m. for Family Weekend.

Wonsook Kim School of Art Scholarship Reception

Date:
Saturday, October 5th
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

University Galleries will host the Wonsook Kim School of Art Scholarship Reception from 5-6 p.m.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Ruslana Lichtzier

Date:
Wednesday, October 9th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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

Visiting Artist Lecture – Ruslana Lichtzier

Date:
Wednesday, October 9th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ruslana Lichtzier Artist Lecture 10/9/19 at 12 p.m. in University Galleries Ruslana is a curator, writer, and educator who was born in Siberia, Russia and raised in Israel. Join us for her Visiting Artist Lecture in University Galleries, where she will share some of her work and perspective as an artist. More about Ruslana: Her background as a migrant propels cultural productions that aim to nest radical imagination of difference and change. She is the initiator and co-director of Triumph…

Redbird Musical Adventures: Concerts for Families

Date:
Saturday, October 12th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Bear and the Piano with faculty and guest artists Katherine Lewis, viola and Hillary Nordwell, piano. Recommended for preschool and grade school aged children and their families.

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.

Stroller Tour

Date:
Thursday, November 14th
Time:
9:00 am - 9:30 pm

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

December 2019

Day With(out) Art [Observed]

Date:
Monday, December 2nd

University Galleries is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for the thirtieth annual Day With(out) Art by presenting STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow. This screening represents University Galleries' 30th year of observing Day With(out) Art. The seven short videos range in subject from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex…