March 22, 2011

New exhibits on display at the University Museum

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- As spring comes with its unpredictable weather, the University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale gives us all a reason to duck inside during cold and rainy spells with new exhibits starting up this month.

Here is what’s on the schedule for this second half of the semester, with events arranged by exhibit reception.

March 25, 4-7 p.m., Group Reception -- Pachikara Family, Students on Vogel, Pop Art, Tanya Gadbaw MFA thesis exhibit

• The Brush, the Lens and the Light: The Work of Mary Pachikara, Abraham Pachikara, Cynthia Pachikara, March 25-May 13

Art runs in the Pachikara family. Mary and her children, Abraham and Cynthia, each mastered a different artistic medium, but their influence on each other tells its own story. Mary and her husband, Punnoose, now a Murphysboro-based doctor, immigrated here from India, and visitors can see the influence of that life-changing experience in the art as well. Mary Pachikara’s medium is watercolors, in landscapes, still life and figures. Abraham is a photographer, and Cynthia works with moving images.

• Students on the Vogel Collection, March 25-April 17

University Museum has an ongoing art and art education program with area high schools that yields thoughtful and inspired original art by area students. For this project, students from Cairo High School, Chester High School, Elverado High School, and Zeigler-Royalton High School and students from John A. Logan College and Shawnee Community College present their own variations on works in the museum’s Vogel Collection. The Vogel Collection is a recent gift to the museum from Herbert and Dorothy Vogel via the National Gallery of Art. SIUC is the only Illinois museum to receive works from the Vogel Collection.

• Pop Art, Feb. 4-Sept. 23

The Pop Art Spectacular features well-known pop artists in an interactive display that uses the art itself to challenge viewers to look at it seriously and with a critical eye. The exhibit will grow as students from area high schools and community colleges study the exhibit and then contribute to it with their own artistic interpretations of what it means to create meaningful “pop art.”

• Tanya Gadbaw, MFA thesis exhibit, March 22-April 1

Master of Fine Arts candidates from the School of Art and Design at SIUC put their works on public exhibit as part of the requirements of their master of fine arts program, giving the University and Southern Illinois community the chance to see some of the newest artists entering the art world. Gadbaw’s medium is two-dimensional art.

Here is a schedule of the remainder of the master of fine arts thesis shows:

• Summer Hills-Bonczyk, ceramics, April 5-15, exhibit reception April 9, 4-7 p.m.

• Steve Hagan, glass, April 19-29, exhibit reception April 29, 4-7 p.m.

• Erich Neitzke, two-dimensional art, April 19-29, exhibit reception April 29, 4-7 p.m.

• Molly Uravitch, ceramics, May 3-13, exhibit reception May 6, 4-7 p.m.

• Nick Toebaas, ceramics, May 3-13, exhibit reception May 6, 4-7 p.m.

The University Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. There is no admission, but donations are always welcome.