September 09, 2014

Media Advisory – University Museum Exhibitions

The first exhibit reception of the 2014-2015 academic year at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s University Museum celebrates six varied exhibits with something in common -- a direct connection to Southern Illinois. 

The reception is from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12. Reporters, photographers and camera crews are invited to attend and talk with the artists and curators about the exhibits. This will also be an opportunity to see the renovations that have transformed the museum into an educational facility as well as a gallery and exhibit space. The museum is in the north end of Faner Hall. 

The reception highlights the following exhibits:

  • Sarah Capps: The Soul of Landscape and other Explorations,” an exhibit dedicated to the memory of Brent Kington. Kington shaped the SIU metalsmith program. Capps’ watercolors, jewelry and metalwork all reflect a particular site in Southern Illinois.
  • To the Moon and Back: Richard Jurek’s Apollo Lunar Artifacts.” Jurek is a two-degree SIU alumnus. This exhibit is his space memorabilia collection.
  • Exquisite Treasures from the Museum’s Collection.” Curated by Dona Bachman, director of the University Museum, this exhibit highlights some of the more than 70,000 items that are not on heavy rotation for exhibits.
  • Faner Hall: Celebrating 40 Years of History: Contemporary Photographs by Dan Overturf.” Faner Hall is one of the most easily recognizable buildings on campus. This exhibit showcases its history from blueprints to present.
  • The Mileur Collection: The Roosevelts.” A local collection of presidential political memorabilia featuring the Roosevelts: Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor.
  • Ready Made Art.” Robert DeHoet, education program director for the University Museum, worked with students from Anna Junior High School, Eldorado High School, Massac Junior High School and Zeigler-Royalton High School to create this exhibit of museum-inspired original art. Carbondale Community Arts funded this exhibit.