February 02, 2005

University Museum features six new exhibits

by Paula M. Davenport


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CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Come in from the cold and kindle your creative spirit at six wonderful new exhibits in the University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Admission is free.

To spark viewer interest, a free public reception will celebrate the shows and feature appearances by many of the artists from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. The museum is in the north wing of Faner Hall, behind Shryock Auditorium.

A stroll through the various galleries will feature:

• "A Century of Women Artists from the Museum's Permanent Collection," showcasing modern women's arresting documentary photographs, abstract paintings, graceful bronze sculptures, and lithographs, pastels and much more. Runs through May 13.

• "10 Illinois Artists: A Watercolor Invitational," a riveting display of works by some of the state's absolute finest painters. Includes lush and colorful landscapes, textural studies, fantastical underwater reef scenes, environmental portraits and gorgeous still lifes, nearly all of which are on offer. Through March 11.

• "Related Artistry" featuring works by glassblower Bill Boysen, an SIUC emeritus professor of art, and his wife Marilyn Codding Boysen, known for making elaborate masks and other multi-media pieces. Ends March 6.

• "Blown Away," a show and sale of glass art by students affiliated with Southern Glass Works and the Museum's Student Group.

• "Images of Contemporary African American Artists," a series of environmental portraits of some of the most notable artists of our time, all captured by Fern Logan, SIUC associate professor of photography. Through March 6.

• "Conceptual Carpentry," thought provoking pieces by Stewart Wessel, SIUC associate professor of architecture. Ends March 11.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Mondays.

Enhancing cultural outreach efforts is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.

For more information, visit the museum online at http://www.museum.siu.edu or call weekdays, 618/453-5388.

Caption - The watercolor – “Snowy Afternoon - Fall River” by Donald K. Lake.

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