May 26, 2011

Museum sets summer exhibition schedule

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Locals shine at Southern Illinois University Carbondale during the summer exhibition season at the University Museum.

The summer exhibit schedule begins mid-June. Two local photographers share the results of what happens when they look at the world through a camera lens. Two exhibits from students, one near the end of her formal education and the other still at the beginning of advanced study, present perspectives of young artists.

An opening reception for all the summer exhibits is 4-7 p.m. on June 17 in the University Museum.

“Momentary Skyscrapers: Grain Elevators of the Midwest,” a photographic exhibit by David Hammond, highlights the “vanishing skyscraper of Midwestern small towns -- the grain elevator.”

Hammond is the force behind David Hammond Photography in Goreville. His photography appears in “Country,” “Birds and Bloom,” and “Outdoor Illinois,” as well as in the 2011 National Geographic Butterfly Calendar and the 2011 “Backyard Birds” calendar from Zebra Calendars. Hammond is also the recipient of photography awards from area events including competitive exhibits at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and the Paducah Regional Art Show. He was a finalist in the British Museum Nature Photographer of the Year Contest. Visit for a preview of what you’ll find at the University Museum.

The museum also features photographs from Ben Gelman (1921-2007), who was, for many years, a columnist with the Southern Illinoisan. Gelman turned his “Byline BG” column into a book. Gelman also worked at the University, where he edited what was then the weekly University paper. After his retirement from the University, he began writing columns again for the Southern Illinoisan as a correspondent. Gelman’s knowledge of birds, his familiarity with the Shawnee National Forest, and his penchant for photographing both, make up the backbone of this exhibit.

Both photography exhibits end Aug. 5. Hammond’s begins June 14 and Gelman’s June 17.

The summer also sees two exhibits from high school and community college students. The ongoing “Pop-Art Spectacular” and the accompanying “Pop Art Project” funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, is an interactive exhibit that grows as students add their own art to it. Students from several area high schools and community colleges have been studying the exhibit for several months. As part of the summer exhibit, they will demonstrate what they’ve learned about pop-art by creating their own. The exhibition will run in two parts. The first part is June 17-Aug. 5, the second is Aug. 23-Sept. 10.

Metals student Sarah Renshaw rounds out the summer schedule with her master of fine arts thesis exhibition. Her exhibition will be on display June 17-Aug. 5.

There is no admission charge for entry into the museum, but donations are always welcome. The University Museum will be open June 14 through Aug. 5. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays. The museum is closed Sundays and Mondays and will be closed July 4.