February 06, 2008

Museum events will focus on current exhibits

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will host a pair of free events focused on current exhibits to enhance the museum experience.

A public reception is set for 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, for several exhibits on display at the museum now – the Federal Arts Projects of the 1930s exhibit as well as exhibits showcasing Fred Myers and Margaret Burroughs, Japanese woodcuts from the permanent collection, Southern Illinois High School Visual Art Institute and the "Hold Everything" exhibit curated by museology students. The reception offers a chance to meet and mingle with fellow art and history lovers while enjoying beverages and light refreshments, but it is also a learning experience. During the reception, from 6 to 7 p.m., George Mavigliano, curator of the Federal Arts Projects exhibit, presents a lecture explaining the history of the Federal Arts Projects program and how it began.

Stacey Slovoda of the School of Art and Design offers a "Friday Salon" from 2 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 to discuss her exhibit of Japanese woodcuts. The event is free and includes light refreshments.

The regular hours for the University Museum during the spring 2008 semester are 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The museum is closed on Mondays and from March 8 through 16. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.