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University Museum The University Museum serves Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the greater Southern Illinois community and beyond as a steward of the past and a gateway to the future.
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The University Museum, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, began in 1874 when classes first opened for then, Southern Illinois Normal University. Since it's beginning in the sciences, the Museum has expanded to include the humanities and arts. The Museum offers public exhibits from it's collections, traveling exhibits, and features collections from regional collectors and works by University and area artists.

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ART EDUCATION RESOURCE:Part 6 of our continuing series created for the University Museum based on our current exhibition...
11/10/2020

ART EDUCATION RESOURCE:

Part 6 of our continuing series created for the University Museum based on our current exhibition Richard Cox 2020.

Section #6: Abstraction

This section of the Richard Cox Educational Packet is a study of the concepts of abstraction, representational, and non-representational in works of art. After familiarizing yourself with these concepts, you will be asked to identify them in the artworks created by Richard Cox for this exhibit.

ART EDUCATION RESOURCE:Part 5 of our continuing series created for the University Museum based on our current exhibition...
11/09/2020

ART EDUCATION RESOURCE:

Part 5 of our continuing series created for the University Museum based on our current exhibition Richard Cox 2020.

Section #5: Exploration of Color
In Richard Cox's Artist Statement (see the Artist Bio Facebook post), he speaks about color as an inspiration for this exhibition. This section of the Richard Cox Educational Packet is an exploration of the various ways in which artists use color and how color changes our perception of a work of art. This section contains coloring pages for you to download and color so that you can apply the concepts presented in this section.

OPEN NOW!The Art of DarknessIn May of 1970, Southern and Carbondale were on fire.  SIU students were peacefully, but act...
11/06/2020

OPEN NOW!

The Art of Darkness

In May of 1970, Southern and Carbondale were on fire. SIU students were peacefully, but actively, demonstrating on campus in continued opposition to the Vietnam War, not unlike campuses elsewhere. Marching first to the ROTC office at Wheeler Hall and later at Woody Hall which housed at the Center for Vietnamese Studies.
On May 7, the pot bubbled over sparked by the May 4 killings of four students by National Guard troops at Kent State. Colleges across the nation were rising up. SIU was no different.
The volume was turned up as students clashed with local and state police supported by the Illinois National Guard on Main Street. The protests erupted into heightened violence through the fog of tear gas and flash of bayonets. For two more weeks the protests grew larger and more agitated. I wasn’t an innocent bystander. Nor was I a bomb thrower.
It is said that one of the strongest motivators is the smell of your own blood. The dark shadow of an unjust war was cast. The specter of the newly instituted draft became an existential threat and the air in Carbondale was thick with chemical clouds, uncertainty, anger and fear.
On May 14, two more students were killed by police at Jackson State College in Jackson, Mississippi reigniting college campus uprisings. On May 15, the administration and board of trustees in consultation with the governor shut Southern’s campus down.
With that, my college experience came to an end. I left behind a couple of canvases and a full-size kinetic gallows at the Glove Factory created for Aldon Addington’s class. I graduated from Southern with more than an academic education. I also learned to think for myself, not to get attached to my work and be in tune with my existential existence. With no commencement, I couldn’t bring home my diploma. However, I was fortunate enough to bring home a girl from Chicago who became my wife… or I became her husband.
So, life continues. Wondering. I still look at the clouds like everyone else looking for an answer. I’m still stuck on the romance and grandeur of cosmic questions: Why are we here? Is there something or is there nothing? Why is anything here—or anything anywhere? Why is there something rather than nothing? Why not just nothing?
I cannot allow myself the luxury to admit the disappointingly simple truth; ‘Nothing rather than something’. It simply doesn't make sense. Is life just a reflection in a mirror? Then what happens the instant we die? Nothing?
It's the absence of possibility. It’s literally nothing, and placing nothing in opposition to something, as an alternative to something, is identical to saying, there is no alternative to something. To that point, I always believed when something ends, something else begins.
Now, I come back to Southern 50 years later to close a creative circle with this survey show at the University Museum
Through my art. Through suffering and the darkness of death, I have been trying to bring myself closer to the ”Truth” in an otherwise good life. Looking not for a rational faith, but a reasonable faith. Hope of something of value here and on the other side. Painting for me, keeps the mystery alive.

This exhibition will be on display at the SIUC University Museum through February of 2021. But you will not want to wait to see this surreal dystopian exhibition!

Museum Hours:
Tues-Fri: 10am-4pm
Sat: 1pm-4pm
Sun-Mon: Closed

For more insight into the Artist and this exhibition please enjoy this Artist Talk video provided by Mr. Atseff himself!

https://youtu.be/z2ftO3pKFj8

ART EDUCATION RESOURCE:Part 4 of our continuing series created for the University Museum based on our current exhibition...
11/06/2020

ART EDUCATION RESOURCE:

Part 4 of our continuing series created for the University Museum based on our current exhibition Richard Cox 2020.

Section #4: Texture
This section of the Richard Cox Educational Packet is an exploration of both visual and actual texture. You will be asked to examine selected works from the Richard Cox Exhibition and then to identify textures within these artworks. You will then be sent on a scavenger hunt to see if you can find similar textures in and around your home.

ART EDUCATION RESOURCE:Part 3 of our continuing series created for the University Museum based on our current exhibition...
11/05/2020

ART EDUCATION RESOURCE:

Part 3 of our continuing series created for the University Museum based on our current exhibition Richard Cox 2020.

Section #3: In Person vs. Virtual
This section of the Richard Cox Educational Packet is an activity designed to highlight the differences between visiting a museum exhibition virtually and visiting a museum exhibition in-person. Please refer to the Visual Guide supplied in the previous post to complete this activity.

OPEN NOW!Into SerenityThe Work of Katherine SuopysPainting the first few canvases was an attempt to experience peace, gr...
11/04/2020

OPEN NOW!

Into Serenity

The Work of Katherine Suopys

Painting the first few canvases was an attempt to experience peace, grappling for a flush of calmness during these uncertain times. And I found it! I’ve always been a fan of drawing tiny details and planning out the concept. But I pushed past my comfort zone and purchased big canvases and lots of paint. Ironically, I found lots of comfort outside my comfort zone. I gravitated towards cool colors, because I felt like I needed it’s serenity. These paintings are a representation of letting go of control. No mistakes or wrong answers, just layers and layers of the big blue. My biggest inspirations have been found in nature: rivers, snowflakes, ice, and wind.

I hope these paintings bring the same tranquility to your home, as it does to mine.

Contact:
Katherine Suopys
[email protected]

This exhibition opens today November 4th and will be on display in the University Museum's North Hall Atrium Gallery through the end of the semester (December 12th).

Museum Hours:
Tues-Fri: 10am-4pm
Sat: 1pm-4pm
Sun-Mon: Closed

ART EDUCATION RESOURCE:Part 2 of our continuing series created for the University Museum based on our current exhibition...
11/04/2020

ART EDUCATION RESOURCE:

Part 2 of our continuing series created for the University Museum based on our current exhibition Richard Cox 2020.

Section #2: Interpretation

This section of the Richard Cox Educational Packet is a visual guide through the exhibition. All content such as titles, dates, mediums, etc. have been excluded from this guide so that you as the viewer can formulate authentic first-person responses to each image.

Let us know your first impressions in the comments!

11/04/2020
Sneak Peek of Trump's Seven Deadly Sins at University Museum at Southern Illinois University

OPEN TODAY!

The Art of Darkness

Featuring the works of SIU graduate Tim Atseff.

This exhibition will be on display at the SIU University Museum through February 2021. But do not wait, do your self a favor and come out to see this captivating and challenging exhibition!

Be on the lookout for more content about this exhibition, including a digital gallery and artist talk video!

See you all in the Museum!

https://youtu.be/I40Ieg5cZUk

Who’s afraid of the dark? Syracuse (NY) based artist Tim Atseff brings his series of paintings, the Seven Deadly Sins - A Trump Dystopian Heptology to the Un...

ART EDUCATION RESOURCE: Over the next seven days the University Museum will be posting 7 amazing Art Education activitie...
11/03/2020

ART EDUCATION RESOURCE: Over the next seven days the University Museum will be posting 7 amazing Art Education activities for any and all to use. Each of these activities is based around our current exhibition Richard Cox 2020, we hope you enjoy these materials and we would be happy to provide downloadable files upon request.

See you in the Museum!

Welcome to the SIU ArtED's Educational Packet for the Richard Cox exhibit which is currently on view at the SIU Museum. These materials were prepared by Art Educations students as part of their AD318 Curriculum Building course in the category of community-based art educations. This packet is intended to be an interactive guide to the exhibition, and will be released in 7 parts. The information and activities included in the Educational Packet should appeal to individuals of all ages.

Section #1: Getting to Know the Artist

Hey everyone! Just as a reminder its not too late to come to the University Museum to see the exhibit "Stitched Intent" ...
10/20/2020

Hey everyone!

Just as a reminder its not too late to come to the University Museum to see the exhibit "Stitched Intent" by Paula Kovarik!

This exhibit will be up until November 7th, so do yourself a favor and come check out this amazing exhibition!

The University Museum is located in Faner Hall on SIUC Campus and is open Tuesday - Friday 10-4 and Saturday 1-4. As a reminder we require visitors wear masks at all times while in our facility.

Stay safe, and see you all in the Museum!

[Un]MaskedLavinia RobertsI am a playwright, educator, installation artist, and puppet designer.   I build masks, marione...
10/12/2020

[Un]Masked
Lavinia Roberts

I am a playwright, educator, installation artist, and puppet designer. I build masks, marionette puppets, backpack puppets, and shadow puppets for films and live performances using wood, papier-mâché, and other sculpting techniques. I create works in traditional gallery and theatre settings and site-specifically in nontraditional spaces. I have created installations on a museum ship, in an old hospital, in a Victorian house, in a national park, a 1950s hotel, and other locations.

I care very deeply about exploring the effects of moral injury on individuals, perpetrators, families, and communities. I am passionate about social justice, feminism, exploring privilege, neurodiversity, and stewardship of the environment. The work I create is centered around these issues and themes.

Mythology, fairy tales, speculative fiction, and history majorly influence my creative practice. I am drawn to speculative fiction as a way to reexamine our world and imagine and explore different ways of being and perceiving. Plays inspired by historical characters and past events can reexamine history from the perspective of a voice not normally heard. I am particularly interested in working class and womxn’s history and using the past to discuss and understand the present.

Website: https://laviniaroberts.com
Twitter: @LaviniaCRoberts
Facebook: @laviniarobertswriter
Instagram: laviniacroberts

Museum Hours
Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: 1pm-4pm.

See you all in the Museum!

Difference BetweenSunyoung ParkMeg HowtonThis exhibition features the work of our very own GA Sunyoung Park, and a fello...
09/11/2020

Difference Between
Sunyoung Park
Meg Howton

This exhibition features the work of our very own GA Sunyoung Park, and a fellow MFA student Meg Howton. Difference Between will only be on display until September 26th, and is located in the University Museum's North Hall.

Do yourself a favor and come check this exhibition out while it is still up!

Museum Hours
Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: 1pm-4pm.

See you all in the Museum!

The Color of GardensJoan Skiver-Levy"Living life to the fullest, at any age, depends upon discovering new creative outle...
09/08/2020

The Color of Gardens
Joan Skiver-Levy

"Living life to the fullest, at any age, depends upon discovering new creative outlets for your energy.

My journey into the world of art has gifted me with joyful exuberance. Playing with color, design, and texture within various mediums of oil, acrylics, pastels, ink, wax, and watercolors fills me with an insatiable appetite to join in the universal creative forces. The creative process is a state of being that happens beyond doubts and fear of mistakes with a boldness to experiment.

This bravery takes the risk of stepping into the unknown; a persistent way of working past obstacles that protect your comfort zone. In this subconscious state, you not only do the art, but you penetrate the mystery of art. You dip into all the experiences you ever had and channel them into a new combination of originality that only you can produce. Judgment and criticism are transformed into inspiration, appreciation, and gratitude. Everyday living then becomes an art. The final product is the result of following a joy-filled pathway to a destination which hopefully inspires others to find their own unique creative channels. The result is not the artwork itself, it is the expectation and excitement of seeing what can happen next!"
-Joan Skiver-Levy

Due to a shortened Spring 2020 semester The Color of Gardens has had its run time extended and has been reimagined in a new gallery. The Color of Gardens is currently on display in the University Museum's South Hall and will be up for display through the end of the Fall 2020 semester. As always the Museum is free and open to the public, but masks are required while you are in the galleries.

Museum Hours
Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: 1pm-4pm.

See you all in the Museum!

RICHARD COX 2020Richard Cox"The intention of this exhibition is to create a group of pieces for this space that explores...
09/08/2020

RICHARD COX 2020
Richard Cox

"The intention of this exhibition is to create a group of pieces for this space that explores, among other things color, texture and negative/positive space. It all comes down to my visceral impulse to create, express, and communicate. The group of pieces in this exhibition is the result."
- Richard Cox

Richard Cox 2020 is currently on display in the University Museum's South Hall and will be up for display through the end of the Fall 2020 semester. As always the Museum is free and open to the public, but masks are required while you are in the galleries.

Museum Hours
Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: 1pm-4pm.

See you all in the Museum!

Stitched IntentPaula Kovarik I am an artist speaking my truth through the medium of quilted textiles. My art reflects Am...
08/29/2020

Stitched Intent
Paula Kovarik

I am an artist speaking my truth through the medium of quilted textiles. My art reflects American anxiety in a world of danger and distrust. It mirrors the ominous overtones of decisions disconnected from everyday life and the feeling that we are helpless in the wake of unmoored leadership. This body of work adds to the fundamental conversation going on in our media, our families, and our government. I hope that cornerstone American values can emerge through the power of Individual voice during the 2020 election cycle.

Please vote.

Stitched Intent is currently on display in the University Museum's North Hall in the Mitchell Gallery, and will be on display until November 6th. As always we are free and open to the public, but masks are required while you are in the galleries.

Museum Hours
Tuesday-Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: 1pm-4pm.

See you all in the Museum!

Hey everyone!We wanted to let you know that the University Museum is open to the public, and that we have a bunch of awe...
08/26/2020

Hey everyone!

We wanted to let you know that the University Museum is open to the public, and that we have a bunch of awesome new exhibitions opening up this semester!

The University Museum is open 10-4 Tuesday through Friday, and 1-4 on Saturdays. And we are located at the North end of Faner hall next to the circle drive.

See you all in the Museum!

Hey everyone, I know it has been a while since you have heard from us! And we are very sorry about that, but with SIUC r...
07/07/2020

Hey everyone, I know it has been a while since you have heard from us! And we are very sorry about that, but with SIUC returning to work so are we!

So you can expect to see more posts from us moving forward!

More to the point. The SIUC University Museum is putting out a call to local photographers who helped document the Black Lives Matter movement across Southern Illinois. If you or someone you know photographed any of the marches across the region, we will be accepting submissions for our exhibition UNITED WE STAND until the end of July.

Submission info:
- There is no limit on the number of submissions per person.
- We will be accepting submissions through July 31st 2020.
- Selected artists will be contacted no later than August 7th.
- Works should be submitted via email to our Curator of Exhibits at [email protected].

We cant wait to see the inspiring images you all have captured!

And as always, we will see you in the Museum!

Thank you to everyone who gave their support during the 2020 Day of Giving! As always, we appreciate all of your support...
03/05/2020

Thank you to everyone who gave their support during the 2020 Day of Giving!

As always, we appreciate all of your support and we look forward to continuing to share our collections, exhibits, events, and other programming with the SIUC, Carbondale, and Southern Illinois communities!

The day is almost over, but there's still time to give to the University Museum for the 2020 Day of Giving at SIU!Please...
03/05/2020

The day is almost over, but there's still time to give to the University Museum for the 2020 Day of Giving at SIU!

Please visit our page at https://siuday.siu.edu/giving-day/22291/department/25835 to show your support for your University Museum!

(Photos: details from pieces in the New Guinea collection)

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Excellent piece by Andrew Bynom.
Sad day for the community, students, faculty, and staff!
Sad day for the community, students, faculty, and staff
So sorry to hear of the temporary closure of the museum due to the budget impasse. Thank you for all the joy and educational experiences you have provide to my students and to me over the years.
Although I can't be there in person, the University Museum and all of its staff and students are in my thoughts. Please accept my tribute to a place dear to my heart from afar.
The Museum has been an integral part of my creative life here in So. I'll. Will bring flowers and any other show of support!!🎨🖼🎭🎨🖼🎭