Schingoethe Center of Aurora University

Schingoethe Center of Aurora University We are Aurora University's campus art museum! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University is to foster inquiry, celebrate artistic excellence, preserve and perpetuate Native American cultures, and inspire a lifelong engagement with the visual arts. An agent of and catalyst for teaching and learning on the Aurora University campus, the museum is integral to the academic community. The museum provides cultural and historical enrichment that builds bridges between the classroom and the world beyond.

Looking for a fun family activity this weekend?Join us for Family Day at the museum on Saturday, November 4th, from 11-3...
11/02/2023

Looking for a fun family activity this weekend?
Join us for Family Day at the museum on Saturday, November 4th, from 11-3. p.m! This event is free and open to the public😄

Make lasting memories while enjoying crafts for all ages, raffles, music by Bill Buchholtz, micro tours, and more! Catering will be provided by Fox Way, featuring fry bread, delicious Bison sliders, and Cedar tea. We are also excited to announce that we’ll be holding a Beadwork workshop led by Angel Starr. We hope to see you there!

For more information visit our website at Aurora.edu/museum.

10/31/2023
On October 31 we will be hosting a Halloween Party from from 5-7:30. 👻 Costumes are encouraged but not required🎃.
10/25/2023

On October 31 we will be hosting a Halloween Party from from 5-7:30. 👻 Costumes are encouraged but not required🎃.

Had a great turn out at the diamond painting art space! 🎨We loved seeeing all of your different creations🫶🏼!
10/25/2023

Had a great turn out at the diamond painting art space! 🎨We loved seeeing all of your different creations🫶🏼!

Join us today from 5-7 pm for our Diamond Painting Art Space! Bring your friends to make your own coaster, keychain, or ...
10/24/2023

Join us today from 5-7 pm for our Diamond Painting Art Space! Bring your friends to make your own coaster, keychain, or earrings !🎃👻

Be sure to join us at our November Events!(they’re awesome, we promise 🙂)
10/20/2023

Be sure to join us at our November Events!
(they’re awesome, we promise 🙂)

Did you know our current exhibition, “Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s to 1970s,” is the first maj...
10/12/2023

Did you know our current exhibition, “Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art, 1940s to 1970s,” is the first major traveling exhibition of modern Native American art?

CBS Chicago stopped by the Schingoethe Center earlier this week on Indigenous People’s Day to talk to AU President Susana Rivera-Mills and the museum’s director Natasha Ritsma about how the exhibition illustrates a pivotal moment in Native American art history.

Among those are a whole host of events at Aurora University's Schingoethe Center.

Thank you to everyone who attended our opening reception for “Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art”!
10/05/2023

Thank you to everyone who attended our opening reception for “Action/Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art”!

Schingoethe's Action Abstraction Redefined  #2! Join us tomorrow for the opening reception!
10/02/2023

Schingoethe's Action Abstraction Redefined #2! Join us tomorrow for the opening reception!

October brings an eclectic range of historical exhibitions and at least one from the future.

Exclusive behind the scenes footage for the new exhibition “Action/ Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art”. Be sure t...
09/26/2023

Exclusive behind the scenes footage for the new exhibition “Action/ Abstraction Redefined: Modern Native Art”. Be sure to come to the opening on October 3rd from 5-6:30 pm to see it fully installed!

Action/Abstraction Redefined is organized by IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM and supported by Art Bridges.

We can’t wait to see you next week at our exhibition opening reception!!😁
09/25/2023

We can’t wait to see you next week at our exhibition opening reception!!😁

Thank you Mariza Rocha Gonzalez for a wonderful curator talk. If you haven’t had a chance to see “Identity is My Superpo...
09/19/2023

Thank you Mariza Rocha Gonzalez for a wonderful curator talk. If you haven’t had a chance to see “Identity is My Superpower” stop by the Hill Welcome Center before December 15!

Join us today @ NOON in the Welcome Center for a Curator Talk with Mariza Rocha Gonzalez, as she discusses her exhibitio...
09/19/2023

Join us today @ NOON in the Welcome Center for a Curator Talk with Mariza Rocha Gonzalez, as she discusses her exhibition “Identity is My Superpower”!

Last week we held the reception for student artists that went to Spain for the Spanish Immersion Course this summer. Tak...
09/14/2023

Last week we held the reception for student artists that went to Spain for the Spanish Immersion Course this summer. Take a look at some of the students with their photographs! 📸

Stop by the Phillips Library tomorrow between 4:00 -5:00pm for some free cookies!! View the amazing photographs taken in...
09/05/2023

Stop by the Phillips Library tomorrow between 4:00 -5:00pm for some free cookies!! View the amazing photographs taken in Spain by AU students during their Spanish Immersion course. 📸🇪🇸🛫

Take a look behind the scenes of Mariza Rocha Gonzalez's exhibition installation!"Identity is My Superpower" includes ph...
08/31/2023

Take a look behind the scenes of Mariza Rocha Gonzalez's exhibition installation!

"Identity is My Superpower" includes photographs and objects from Rocha Gonzalez's personal collection as well as items selected from the Schingoethe Center's permanent collection to tell poignant stories about her personal history living between two cultures.

Stop by the Hill Welcome Center to explore the exhibition's four themes: route and journey, gathering and nourishment, family and memory, and faith and folklore!

Mariza Rocha Gonzalez, Director of Latino/a Student Initiatives, joined us in the museum last week to record a video dis...
08/28/2023

Mariza Rocha Gonzalez, Director of Latino/a Student Initiatives, joined us in the museum last week to record a video discussing her new exhibit, “Identity is My Superpower,” which is currently on display in the Welcome Center lobby! Be sure to stop by to check it out!

And if you’re eager for more info, Rocha Gonzalez is leading a Curator Noon Talk on Tuesday, September 19 at 12pm!

As we get closer to the start of the fall semester, we were lucky enough for our student worker, Emily Dutton, to start ...
08/18/2023

As we get closer to the start of the fall semester, we were lucky enough for our student worker, Emily Dutton, to start early! 😊

She’s been back with us for the past week and has been doing some awesome graphic design work for our upcoming shows (which I’m sure you’ll all see soon)! Welcome back Emily!

We’ve been mapping some things out for “Action / Abstraction Redefined” over the last few weeks and let me tell you we a...
08/15/2023

We’ve been mapping some things out for “Action / Abstraction Redefined” over the last few weeks and let me tell you we are EXCITED for everyone to see it this fall!

That’s all. Have a good day!

It’s time for our final internship update! Museum Studies student Madison McCalley has been interning at the Phillips Pa...
08/03/2023

It’s time for our final internship update! Museum Studies student Madison McCalley has been interning at the Phillips Park Zoo this summer 🦁🐯🐻

Madison has been learning about proper housing and enrichment for animals, how to properly distribute food, and has even created enrichment for the Lynx and Red-Tailed Hawks! She has also been shadowing the Vet and the Keeper of Mammals too! Be sure to keep an eye out for Madison and say hi if you visit the Phillips Park Zoo this summer 🙂

The Schingoethe team took a trip down to St. Louis last week to see “Action Abstraction Redefined” at the St. Louis Art ...
08/01/2023

The Schingoethe team took a trip down to St. Louis last week to see “Action Abstraction Redefined” at the St. Louis Art Museum! And in case you’re new to our page, “Action Abstraction Redefined” will be making its way to the Schingoethe Center this fall!

It’s a beautiful exhibition that pictures just can’t do justice, so be sure to stop by the Schingoethe Center between October 2 - December 15, 2023 to see these works of art for yourself! 🖼️

Our Museum Studies students have been busy this summer putting the knowledge they've learned in class to practice at loc...
07/27/2023

Our Museum Studies students have been busy this summer putting the knowledge they've learned in class to practice at local museums! Aubrey Coulman has been interning at the Aurora Regional Fire Museum! She's mainly been inventorying, rehousing, and cleaning historical fire artifacts and assisting with visitor services. Congrats Aubrey!

Museum Studies student Brady Hagerman has been interning at the DuPage County Historical Museum this summer! He's been r...
07/25/2023

Museum Studies student Brady Hagerman has been interning at the DuPage County Historical Museum this summer! He's been researching and writing labels for exhibitions, completing condition reports and inventories of artifacts, and assisting with education programs. He even got to design and install this case of the museum's new exhibition, "The Roarin' Elgin". Congrats Brady!

🎨 Campus Artwork Spotlight ✨"Molecule of Life" by Michael ShererOn Display in front of John C. Dunham HallMichael Sherer...
07/21/2023

🎨 Campus Artwork Spotlight ✨
"Molecule of Life" by Michael Sherer
On Display in front of John C. Dunham Hall

Michael Sherer, a 1987 health science graduate of Aurora University, designed this piece while a student in a sculpture class taught by the late AU art professor Stephen Lowery. AU chose his design from among 15 student designs and Garbe Iron works, Inc. of Aurora fabricated the piece. It was originally installed by Alumni Hall in 1988 and later moved in 2014 to stand in front of the newly-built John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School.

Learn more about art on AU's campus by scheduling a Campus Art Tour with the Schingoethe Center at [email protected].

We have another summer internship post! Our Museum Studies student Kameron Thayer has been interning at the Brookfield Z...
07/18/2023

We have another summer internship post! Our Museum Studies student Kameron Thayer has been interning at the Brookfield Zoo! 🦁🐯🐻

Kameron has been working with the Brookfield Zoo Education Department gathering facts about the animals, organizing zoo biofact materials, and creating art and craft activities for education outreach efforts! So if you’re visiting the zoo this summer be sure to look out for Kameron to get some fun facts!

Museum Studies Student Trey Ambrose has been interning at the American Academy of Pediatrics Archives this summer! Direc...
07/13/2023

Museum Studies Student Trey Ambrose has been interning at the American Academy of Pediatrics Archives this summer! Director Dr. Natasha Ritsma visited him yesterday to learn more about his exciting projects, including curating the exhibits shown in these photos and working with archival documents. Congrats Trey!

"Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." - John SteinbeckJennife...
07/07/2023

"Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." - John Steinbeck

Jennifer Scavone, who's currently exhibiting her photographs in the Welcome Center gallery, is well known on Aurora University's campus as an art instructor! She teaches Around the World in 80 Masterpieces, Color, and, for the first time this Fall, Introduction to Digital Photography. Scavone also educates at Benedictine University, COD Continuing Education, and Joliet Junior College, and is as a guest lecturer at schools, libraries, retirements, and other locations.

Come see her beautiful photographs before her show ends next month.

As summer seems to be flying by and we grow closer to the start of our Fall semester, we are excited to share that once ...
07/05/2023

As summer seems to be flying by and we grow closer to the start of our Fall semester, we are excited to share that once it wraps up at the Saint Louis Art Museum, "Action/Abstraction Redefined" will be taking a trip to the Schingoethe Center!

"Action/Abstraction Redefined" is the first major traveling exhibition that analyzes modern Native American art from the mid-1940s through the 1970s that was inspired by Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, and Hard-edge painting and created by leading artists, including George Morrison, Fritz Scholder, and T.C. Cannon. These innovative artists explored new ways of artistic expression and challenged stereotypical expectations of American Indian art. Their paintings, sculptures and works on paper were created at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe and in art studios across the nation. IAIA’s revolutionary art approaches encouraged experimentation and risk taking: artists combined New York School art influences with Native art traditions. George Morrison (Chippewa) actively contributed to the Abstract Expressionism movement in New York, where he exhibited and was associated with Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Po***ck, and other avant-garde artists of the time. Like Abstract Expressionists, who broke with representational conventions and prioritized experimentation, IAIA artists redefined the concept of abstraction by creating deeply personal works informed by their own traditional aesthetics and art influences coming out of New York. Their innovative works pushed the boundaries of Native art and contributed to the development of contemporary Native Art.

This exhibition will be on display at the Schingoethe Center, located inside the Hill Welcome Center, from October 2 - December 15, 2023. We can't wait for you to see it!

Location, location, location 🗺️Jennifer Scavone, whose photographs are currently on display in the Welcome Center lobby,...
06/29/2023

Location, location, location 🗺️

Jennifer Scavone, whose photographs are currently on display in the Welcome Center lobby, has photographed at a number of different locations! She most frequently shoots at the Morton Arboretum and Fullersburg Woods Nature Center, but has even photographed in Palermo, Italy!

Be sure to swing by the Welcome Center to see the full sized versions of these photos!

Stop by the Phillips Library at Aurora University to see an exhibit of photographs taken by students who traveled to Spa...
06/27/2023

Stop by the Phillips Library at Aurora University to see an exhibit of photographs taken by students who traveled to Spain in May for the Spanish Immersion course with Dr. Denise Hatcher, Professor of Spanish, and Dr. Natasha Ritsma, Director of the Schingoethe Center! Each student picked their favorite photo from the trip to display.

🎨 Campus Artwork Spotlight ✨Three works by Emilio SanchezOn Display in the First Floor Lobby, Institute for Collaboratio...
06/22/2023

🎨 Campus Artwork Spotlight ✨
Three works by Emilio Sanchez
On Display in the First Floor Lobby, Institute for Collaboration

Did you know AU's campus is sprinkled with beautiful art? Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999) was a Cuban American artist whose work depicts the play of light and shadow on colored forms. His most-painted subjects include buildings, architectural features, and street scenes in New York City and the Caribbean.

Learn more about art on AU's campus by scheduling a Campus Art Tour with the Schingoethe Center at [email protected].

Congratulations to our former Museum Studies student, Logan Fingerle ‘23, on his new job at the Grand Army of the Republ...
06/13/2023

Congratulations to our former Museum Studies student, Logan Fingerle ‘23, on his new job at the Grand Army of the Republic Military Museum in Aurora!

If you’ve never been to the GAR, we highly recommend giving it a visit (and saying hi to Logan) 🙂

It's time to start our Exhibition Reception countdown!Only 5 more days to go! 🎉
04/08/2022

It's time to start our Exhibition Reception countdown!
Only 5 more days to go! 🎉

Take a look at our Museum Studies Minor, Tanya Ries, at her internship with Anderson Humane. Tanya will be graduating th...
04/08/2022

Take a look at our Museum Studies Minor, Tanya Ries, at her internship with Anderson Humane. Tanya will be graduating this year in May!


We had a wonderful time with artist Alice Hargrave and AU professor Chris Wells at today's Gallery Talk! 🐠
04/08/2022

We had a wonderful time with artist Alice Hargrave and AU professor Chris Wells at today's Gallery Talk! 🐠

Our exhibition reception is in a week from today!! Please join us for an evening of live music and delicious refreshment...
04/05/2022

Our exhibition reception is in a week from today!! Please join us for an evening of live music and delicious refreshments as we celebrate the beautiful pieces on display.

And don’t forget to stick around and join us for a panel discussion featuring some of our exhibiting artists at 6:30 following the reception! Can’t wait to see you there! 😊

Join us this Thursday at noon for a Gallery Talk with exhibiting artist Alice Hargrave and AU professor Chris Wells! Hop...
04/05/2022

Join us this Thursday at noon for a Gallery Talk with exhibiting artist Alice Hargrave and AU professor Chris Wells!

Hope to see you there!!

Here’s our next Artist Spotlight to send you off to the weekend! Lindsay Olson creates beautiful textile art pieces insp...
04/01/2022

Here’s our next Artist Spotlight to send you off to the weekend!

Lindsay Olson creates beautiful textile art pieces inspired by science and technology. She will be one of the featured panelists at the discussion following our Exhibition Reception on Tuesday, April 12th!

Some of her works are featured as a part of our “eARTh tones” exhibition, including the piece “Copepods” from her series “The Plankton Project: Living in Light and Dark”.

Big thanks to those who came to Art Space on Tuesday!! Everyone made such beautiful pieces! Another special thanks to ex...
03/31/2022

Big thanks to those who came to Art Space on Tuesday!!

Everyone made such beautiful pieces!

Another special thanks to exhibiting artists Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman for sharing their expertise with our students!!

We’re so excited to have exhibiting artists Lindsay Lochman and Barbara Ciurej with us today! They spoke with our Museum...
03/29/2022

We’re so excited to have exhibiting artists Lindsay Lochman and Barbara Ciurej with us today! They spoke with our Museum Studies class about their pieces that are on display as part of our “eARTh tones” show.

We’re also very excited for our collaborative Art Space event tonight where they will be showing students how to make their own processed food landscapes in the style of their “Processed Views” series!

They will be back as panelists for a discussion following our Exhibition reception on the 12th at 6:30 pm in Tapper Recital Hall!

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It's time to start our Exhibition Reception countdown!
Only 5 more days to go! 🎉
Take a look at our Museum Studies Minor, Tanya Ries, at her internship with Anderson Humane. Tanya will be graduating this year in May!


We had a wonderful time with artist Alice Hargrave and AU professor Chris Wells at today's Gallery Talk! 🐠

Our exhibition reception is in a week from today!! Please join us for an evening of live music and delicious refreshments as we celebrate the beautiful pieces on display.

And don’t forget to stick around and join us for a panel discussion featuring some of our exhibiting artists at 6:30 following the reception! Can’t wait to see you there! 😊

Join us this Thursday at noon for a Gallery Talk with exhibiting artist Alice Hargrave and AU professor Chris Wells!

Hope to see you there!!

Here’s our next Artist Spotlight to send you off to the weekend!

Lindsay Olson creates beautiful textile art pieces inspired by science and technology. She will be one of the featured panelists at the discussion following our Exhibition Reception on Tuesday, April 12th!

Some of her works are featured as a part of our “eARTh tones” exhibition, including the piece “Copepods” from her series “The Plankton Project: Living in Light and Dark”.

Big thanks to those who came to Art Space on Tuesday!!

Everyone made such beautiful pieces!

Another special thanks to exhibiting artists Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman for sharing their expertise with our students!!

We’re so excited to have exhibiting artists Lindsay Lochman and Barbara Ciurej with us today! They spoke with our Museum Studies class about their pieces that are on display as part of our “eARTh tones” show.

We’re also very excited for our collaborative Art Space event tonight where they will be showing students how to make their own processed food landscapes in the style of their “Processed Views” series!

They will be back as panelists for a discussion following our Exhibition reception on the 12th at 6:30 pm in Tapper Recital Hall!

There’s still a few spots open for tonight’s Art Space event! Join us for an exciting evening where exhibiting artists Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman will be showing students how to make their own processed food landscape.

RSVP by emailing: [email protected]. Hope to see you soon!!

Today’s Artist Spotlight is on Charley Harper, who will be a familiar name to those who saw our show last semester!

Charley and his wife Edie were the focus of our “Curious by Nature” exhibition in the fall, they are famous for their signature style of “minimal realism” where they show their own quirky, unique, and whimsical view of the world 🌍

Charley Harper was known as a conservationist as well as an artist, and many of his works use humor to encourage viewers to change their attitudes in relation to environmental concerns.

Some of his work is featured in “eARTh tones”: “Coral Reef” from his National Park poster series and “Mystery of the Missing Migrants”.

Here’s your reminder before we head into the weekend that there’s still time to RSVP for Art Space next week!

Send an email to: [email protected] with your preferred session time (5-6 or 6-7). Art Space is free to all AU students 😁✨

Here’s your reminder before we head into the weekend that there’s still some time to RSVP for Art Space this coming Tuesday!!

Send an email to: [email protected] with your preferred session time (5-6 or 6-7). Art Space is free to AU students 😊✨