October 15, 2010

Terry Adkins to present art lecture, concert

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Terry Adkins, sculptor, installation artist, activist and musician, comes to Southern Illinois University Carbondale in late October.

Adkins will work with School of Art and Design students during his stay, Oct. 25-27, and presents a lecture to the public at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25. The lecture is free, and takes place in the University Museum Auditorium. As artists generally bring slides or other examples of their works, a visiting artist lecture is also part art show.

Adkins will also work with School of Music students, and will offer a free concert highlighting improvisations, percussion and saxophone. The Southern Illinois Improvisation Unit (SiiS) will contribute to the musical performance. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.

Adkins, professor of fine arts at the University of Pennsylvania and a USA James Baldwin Fellow in the Visual Arts, is known to combine music, video, literature, and ritual into his art presentations. He has an interest in history, and the figures who make it.

His work is seen in collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, and the Hirshom Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D. C. Solo exhibition include some unusual venues, including the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. His work has also appeared in museums in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and more, and overseas in London and Amsterdam.

The Student Fine Arts Activity Fee helps fund Adkins’ visit.