March 24, 2015

Southern Illinois University Arts and Cultural Events

March 31-April 14

This weekly email brings together all the arts and cultural events happening in a two-week period at SIU Carbondale. From music to art, film to dance, guest lectures to workshops and theater, you will find the information here. Event information is subject to change. 


The time between the call for quiet and the announcement of the winner or winners is a tense few moments for the artists whose work is part of the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award exhibit in the Surplus Gallery in the Old Glove Factory (432 S. Washington Ave.). Some winning artists have reacted with wide eyes and covered mouths, some with ear to ear grins. It’s an exhilarating moment, and a gratifying one for SIU School of Art and Design faculty.

This year’s announcement comes at 3:30 p.m. on April 13. But a whole lot happens first.

The competition is open to seniors in the School of Art and Design. Students who wish to participate in the competition submit slides of images of their work. A faculty panel selects several finalists – this year, the panel named 11 finalists on March 20, a selection-date delayed by weather.

The finalists set up their exhibits on April 12. Some create all new work, some use work they’ve accumulated over the course of the academic year or longer. However they do it, they have only the one day to set up their exhibits to show their work to its best advantage.

The faculty judges have the gallery from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 13 to examine every exhibit. They get together later to cast their votes and to decide the winner of the most substantial award offered by the School of Art and Design.

The gallery opens for the public at 11 a.m. and remains open through announcement-time at 3:30 p.m. The exhibits remain in place through noon on April 18. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily that week. A reception for RZ contestants and winners is 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 17, with an awards presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events:


31 – Eclipse Crossroads of America event. Matthew Penn is an astronomer at the National Solar Observatory and is the lead investigator on the Citizen CATE (Continental American Telescopic Eclipse) Experiment.  The experiment will use a fleet of telescopes to observe the total solar eclipse in 2017, including in Carbondale, allowing amateur astronomers from across the U.S. to take part in a historic large-scale observation that will contribute to our understanding of the sun. 3:30 p.m., Lawson Hall 161. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Bob Baer, or 453-2729.

31 -- Women’s History Month event:  Literary Reading: Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest awards ceremony and reading. Lauren K. Alleyne, poet and author of “Difficult Fruit,” presents a reading of her work at 4 p.m., location to be announced. This event includes an announcement of the winners of the annual Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest. 

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Allison Joseph, or 453-6854; or Melinda Yeomans, or 453-3740. 

31 -- Music Outside the Box: Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Shryock Auditorium, $12.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Armando Bayolo, abayolo@siu.eduor 453-5817.


1 – Symposium. SIU’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research hosts a free symposium on energy storage. The event runs 9 a.m.-12:10 p.m. in the Student Center, Mississippi Room. Topics include new electrolyte systems for rechargeable Mg ion batteries, carbon-based electrodes for supercapacitor applications and new directions for battery research and development. Hosts include: SIU Materials Technology Center, SIU Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Amy McMorrow-Hunter, or 453-7327.

1 -- Music Outside the Box: Altgeld Chamber Players, 7:30 p.m., Shryock Auditorium, $12.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Armando Bayolo, or 453-5817.

1 -- Fifth annual Edible Book Festival. The Edible Book Festival blends culinary and literary arts (and sly humor) for presentations of edible illustrations of books and book titles, often using plays on words. Examples include “Girl with the Dragon Fondue,” or “Fifty Shades of Lays.” Other contestants may choose to illustrate a theme or symbol in a book, creating an Eye of Sauron cake, for example, or a replica of a book out of layered dip. Those who don’t bring an entry can enjoy viewing those on display, and vote for their favorites in several categories. The event is 3-5 p.m. in Morris Library, First Floor Rotunda.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Sarah Prindle, or 453-1249.

2 -- Music Outside the Box: Clarinet Studio Concert, 5 p.m., Altgeld Hall, Room 110 and Guitar Concert, 7:30 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall. These performances highlight students in advanced study of the clarinet and guitar, respectively, performing solo and ensemble music.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Armando Bayolo, or 453-5817.

3 -- Music Outside the Box 2015 final performance, 5 p.m., April 3, Altgeld Hall, Room 110.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Armando Bayolo, or 453-5817.

3 – Music recital: Guest musician Margaret Herlehy joins SIU’s Douglas Worthen for a flute concert at the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Herlehy is resident artist in music at the University of New Hampshire, where she performs with the faculty trio Sospiri.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Douglas Worthen at or 453-5832.

5 – Music recital: Flute studio. Advanced flute students present a concert based on workshops and the academic year’s preparation. The concert begins at 5 p.m. in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Douglas Worthen at or 453-5832.

6 – Undergraduate Research Forum, afternoon, Student Center Ballrooms. Undergraduates from across the university present scholarly and creative work in judged poster sessions. Public viewing of the posters is set for 1-3 p.m. with presentations and awards 3-4 p.m. This is a Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities event.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Lori Foster, or 453-4433.

6 – Saluki App Competition, 3-4 p.m., Student Center Ballrooms. This is a student competition for innovative software application development, awards for which are presented during and with the Undergraduate Research Forum.

This is a Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities event.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Robert Patino, or 217/545-8168; or Lori Foster, or 453-4433

7 – Graduate Research Forum, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., SIU Student Center, Corker Lounge. This forum provides undergraduate students in several of the university’s research and creative activity programs to present the culmination of their work. Many present their work in the form of a research poster at this competitive, educational event. The 12th Annual Sigma Xi Poster Session happens simultaneously.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Lori Foster, or 453-4433.

7 – Workshop. “Options and Hurdles for Protecting Scientific Research,” 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center. This workshop includes a discussion of intellectual property protection of innovative research. Legal experts and other speakers are available for a question and answer period. Pre-registration is required for participants; email to register.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact the Illinois Small Business Development Center at or 536-2424.

8 – Guest speaker. Stephen J. Pyne delivers a presentation of fire history and forest policy, beginning at 7 p.m. in Morris Library, John C. Guyon Auditorium, with a reception and refreshments immediately preceding the presentation at 6 p.m. Pyne is Regents Professor of History at Arizona State University, and an authority on fire history and policy. The Center for Ecology and IGERT host this event.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Charles Ruffner, or 528-9761.

8 – Guest speaker. Wallace J. Nichols, author of “Blue Mind,” will discuss recent neuroscience research that indicates proximity to water improves performance, diminishes anxiety and increases professional success. He will speak at 7 p.m. in the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building Auditorium. Wallace is a scientist and wild water advocate who has conducted research and traveled to coasts and waterways around the world, finding an emotional connection to oceans, rivers and lakes. He is a research associate at California Academy of Sciences and a co-founder of, an international network of people advocating for the ocean as well as, a conservation travel network, LIVBLUE.ORG, a global campaign connecting people to the planet’s water, and, an international sea turtle preservation network. He is available for book signing after his lecture. Refreshments provided.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Kris Schachel, or 453-2846.

9 – Guest speaker. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute presents the John and Muriel Hayward Lecture with guest speaker Randall Balmer, at 7 p.m. in the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building Auditorium. Balmer is the author of “Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter,” released in May 2014. This biography of the 39th president focuses on the role of his Christian faith on his career and the religious context in which he lived as president. Balmer was professor of American religious history at Columbia University for nearly 30 years before accepting the position of Mandel Family Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth College, where he became Dartmouth Professor in the Arts and Sciences. He has been visiting professor at Princeton, Yale, Northwestern and Emory Universities as well. A frequent commentator on religion and politics, he is an expert on the First Amendment and a prolific author.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Carol Greenlee at or 453-4078.

10 – Design students meet real-world designers during Design Discovery Day, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in Morris Library. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with a meet-and-greet before presentations. Discussions get under way at 9:30 a.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium. Beginning around the same time, SIU artists and designers provide demonstrations and workshops in new studio facilities during walking tours of campus.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Diane McClain-Inman, or 453-4313.

12 – Music recital: The SIU Flute Studio presents a free performance, 4-5 p.m. in Altgeld Hall Room 110.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Douglas Worthen at or 453-5832.

13 – Guest Speaker. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute welcomes David Axelrod to the Morton Kenney Public Affairs Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in Shryock Auditorium. Axelrod was a political adviser and key senior strategist for President Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns, and a White House adviser. He will talk about his political career and his new book, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.”

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Carol Greenlee at or 453-4078.

13 – Art exhibit. Rickert-Ziebold Competition Winners Announcement, 3:30 p.m. in the Surplus Gallery, Old Glove Factory (432 S. Washington Ave.). The exhibit opens for public viewing beginning at 11 a.m. Be there at 3:30 p.m. to find out which artist or artists win the award, based on School of Art and Design faculty voting. This is often a good photo opportunity – the faculty judges are very close-lipped about the winner or winners and it genuinely is a surprise when they make their announcement. The student artists are generally present for posed photographs or candids before the announcement, but it’s impossible to recreate the moment of the announcement. The gallery closes that day at 4 p.m.

FOR THE MEDIA: Contact Diane McClain-Inman, or 453-4313.


University Museum exhibits: Master of Fine Arts Candidates Thesis Exhibitions join the schedule from now through the end of the spring 2015 semester. On exhibit April 3-10 are the thesis works of: Chintia Kirana – installation; and Zhe “Joe” Ren – new media 2-D, with an artists’ reception 4-7 p.m. on April 10.There is no admission to University Museum.

Art Exhibit: Graduate Student Art Exhibits, Morris Library First Floor Rotunda Exhibit Space. These exhibits run through May 31. 

Art Exhibit: Buckminster Fuller and the Sacred Geometry of Nature, Morris Library Hall of Presidents. The exhibit runs through April 30.