university museum

July 12, 2019

SIU’s University Museum accepting art submissions for exhibits in 2020

by Hannah Erickson

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Local artists have a unique opportunity to display their work, with Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s University Museum accepting submissions for new exhibits.

As a long-standing representation of SIU’s commitment to the arts, humanities and sciences, the Museum welcomes art of all types, regardless of style or subject matter. Submission is open until October 1, with accepted pieces chosen by that day.

Submission requirements

Submissions for the 2020 exhibits are free, with artists required to submit an artist statement, description of work and images of work to Wes Stoerger, University Museum curator of exhibits. Information can be sent to or 1000 Faner Drive, Carbondale, Illinois, 62901.

Accepted works will require approval from University Museum staff, under the guidance of Stoerger. With 11 total gallery spaces, anywhere from 8-11 exhibits are on display at any time, providing excellent opportunities for local artists.

Exhibit dates for accepted submissions will vary based on individual works and the ongoing galleries at the Museum.

Museum open all summer

As the only encyclopedic museum in southern Illinois, the University Museum offers art with a rich educational experience. With nearly 70,000 objects making their home at the Museum, each exhibit offers a unique piece of history and art.

The Museum is open all summer with several exhibits currently on display:

  • Charles Swedlund photograph exhibit of various caves in the region.
  • Appleknockers Customs.
  • Moments of Merriment.
  • Fashion & Style: The Work of Our Hands.
  • Carl W. Lutes Gallery - collection of Renaissance and later furniture, tapestries and works of art.
  • Southern Illinois Gallery - history of Southern Illinois region from pre-historic to the 20th century.

Admission to the Museum is free and open to the public. The Museum is open Tuesdays-Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 1-4 p.m.

For more information, contact Wes Stoerger at 453-5388 or