October 23, 2007

School of Art and Design hosts studio walk-through

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — What do they do over there at the Pulliam Hall Industrial Wing anyway? And why is there an art gallery at the "Glove Factory"?

Southern Illinois University Carbondale's School of Art and Design, part of the College of Liberal Arts, hosts a multi-site "open studio" on Friday, Oct. 26, an event formerly known as the "Annual Graduate Studio Walk-Through," to show its facilities and showcase some of the work that is done in their various locations.

The tour begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Foundry complex on Pleasant Hill Road across from the Evergreen Terrace Apartments. The Foundry is the domain of the sculpture program and also includes facilities for metal casting with display space for outdoor and large sculpture.

Next stop is Pulliam Hall, the Industrial Wing, home to the ceramics program, the glass hot shop, the L. Brent Kington Smithy, and private work studios for graduate students in the ceramics, glass and metalsmithing and blacksmithing programs. The tour begins at 4:15 p.m. Pulliam is on campus off Lincoln Drive between Woody Hall and the Wham Education Building.

The Metals House tour begins at 5 p.m. The Metals House is at 805 S. Oakland St. Some of the graduate students in metals have private work studios here, and there is also shared studio space for undergraduates.

The tour concludes at the Glove Factory, home to the Surplus Gallery and studio arts facilities. It is located at the corner of Washington Avenue and College Street. The tour there begins at 5:45 p.m. The Glove Factory takes its name from its former life as the Good Luck Glove Co. Nowadays the "factory" produces art from the woodworking and welding shops, mixed media art and two-dimensional art, rather than gloves.

"The School of Art has excellent facilities," Jerry Monteith, head of graduate studies and an associate professor of sculpture, said. "Almost everyone who comes through comments on the quality and space we have. As a school we are quite scattered around campus, so one of the reasons we do this annual open studio is to foster a sense of community among our art students. It is also a way for us to open our facilities to the University and Carbondale-area communities."