September 16, 2005

Museum sponsoring mask-making competition

by Paula Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The University Museum is inviting area students in grades eight and nine to create original masks for possible display at the museum this fall — alongside elaborate masks from around the globe. The museum is on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The mask-making competition is in conjunction with " Behind the Masks," an exhibition on view through the end of the year. Admission is free.

The best of the student- made masks will be on display Oct. 28-Dec. 9. An opening reception will celebrate the project from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the museum. Home schoolers are welcome to participate, too.

For a brochure with competition guidelines and an application form, call Robert D. "Bob" DeHoet, museum education coordinator, at 618/453-5388.

The museum is in the northwest wing of Faner Hall.

Providing cultural outreach is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the long-range plan the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.