March 17, 2010

University Museum presents new exhibits

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale presents several new exhibits, including “Critical Mass,” an art exhibit curated by high school students from Cairo, Elkville, Pinckneyville and Zeigler-Royalton.

The museum’s education director, Robert DeHoet, recently honored as the recipient of the Public and Community Service Award from the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, organized the exhibit as part of his ongoing art education programs for area high school students. The programs typically engage students in art history, art appreciation, and art creation using exhibits in the University Museum as a reference point. For this exhibit, DeHoet’s students selected examples of abstract art from the museum’s collection. In the process, they learned to describe and analyze art.

The exhibit begins March 23 and runs through April 25, with an exhibit reception on April 2 from 4-7 p.m.

Carbondale Community Arts funded the program with a grant.

The April 2 reception also honors “Antarctic Dreams,” a multi-media exhibit featuring the sights and sounds of an Antarctic expedition. Gary Kolb, photographer and dean of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, provides the sights and Jay Needham, sound researcher and associate professor in the Department of Radio and Television, share this artistic representation of their ecologically minded Antarctic travels. The exhibit runs March 30 through May 9.

Other exhibits and events on tap at University Museum include:

• Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured the Earth’s Beauty

This special showing of the traveling exhibit closes March 21. This is a unique chance to see 24 of Adams’ famous black and white landscape photography in a venue close to home. Funds from the Office of the Chancellor, the Student Fine Arts Activity Fee and the Carbondale Tourism and Convention Bureau bring this exhibit to SIUC. Students may see the exhibit at no charge. Because of the special nature of this exhibit, there is a $5 admission fee for non-students for this exhibit only.

• Masters of Photography

This display runs throughout the spring semester and features treasures from the museum’s permanent collection, including a celebrity photograph of the mysterious Gloria Swanson, urban documentation from Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans and Helen Levitt, and the imaginative landscapes of Henri Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith.

• Master of Fine Arts exhibits

Master of fine arts candidates from the School of Art and Design are displaying their thesis materials now through May 19. The series kicks off with the unique, “The History of the Division,” by Matt Schultz, with sculpture and other artifacts representing an entire created world. 
The full schedule of master of fine arts thesis exhibits includes: Matt Schultz, sculpture, March 16-26; Patrick Williams, sculpture, March 23-April 25; Corin Perez, ceramics, March 30-April 9; Amy Chase, ceramics, April 13-23; Stephanie Ellis, metals, April 27-May 7; Lani Shapton, prints, ceramics, and glass, April 27-May 1; Hyunsung Cho, glass, April 27-May 7; Jennifer Crescuillo, glass, May 11-19; Chris Scamehorn, ceramics, May 4-9; Jason York, metals, May 11-19.

University Museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and is closed on Monday. There is no admission for most exhibits. For more information, visit the Web site at