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  Events, ISM Springfield   

Brownbag Lectures: Unlocking the Mystery of Edwards Place
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 03, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Erika Holst, Springfield Art Association

Built in 1833, Edwards Place is the oldest house in town. Find out more ...


FIRST FRIDAY at the ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM: LOCALICIOUS
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, September 05, 2014, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

First Fridays at the Illinois State Museum are back! After a summer-long hiatus, your state museum will once again be open after hours to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of Illinois. Find out more ...


Satur-Play! Soap Soufflé
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 06, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every Saturday is Super!
Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning! Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: Fishy Fun
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, September 08, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Listen to stories about fish and see specimens from the Museum's collections.

Join us the second Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Morton Village: New Views on the Intersection of Oneota and Mississippian Worlds
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Jodie A. O'Gorman, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Michigan State University

Understanding the larger social context for elevated levels of violence that have been documented for late prehistory in the Central Illinois River Valley has been the over-arching goal guiding research at the Morton Village excavations for the past seven years. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Living Fossils of Gymnosperms Currently Endemic to Eastern Asia
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Hong Qian, Curator of Botany, Illinois State Museum

Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Illinois State Museum: Museum Kicks on Route 66
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

You voted. Find out more ...


Satur-Play! Route 66 Racetrack
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every Saturday is Super!
Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning! Find out more ...


Brown Bag Lecture Series
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Dr. Jeffery Saunders, Curator and Chair of Geology, Illinois State Museum, will present "A BESTIARY OF THE Beautiful-horned Wild Beast of the Low Hills AND OTHERS OF ITS ICE AGE COHORT IN ILLINOIS."

Weekly lectures held at the Museum's Research and Collections Center. Find out more ...


Satur-Play! Leaf "Salad" Art
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every Saturday is Super!
Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning! Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Bowed Chordophones* of the World
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Sharon Graf, University of Illinois, Springfield

*chordophone, any of a class of musical instruments in which a stretched, vibrating string produces the initial sound. Find out more ...


Satur-Play! Cloud in a Bottle
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every Saturday is Super!
Experience Satur-Play! at the Illinois State Museum. Be drawn in by fun science experiments and art projects so entertaining and intriguing, you may forget you are learning! Find out more ...


FIRST FRIDAY @ the ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM: LOCALICIOUS PART DEUX
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, October 03, 2014, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

First Friday is back! Your state museum is open after hours to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of Illinois. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Recent Geophysical and Archaeological Investigations at the Golden Eagle Site (11C120)
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, October 08, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Jason King, Center for American Archaeology, Kampsville, Illinois

The Golden Eagle site (11C120), located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, in Calhoun County, is the only known Lower Illinois Valley mound site that includes an earthen enclosure. Find out more ...


Ancient Earthworks of Ohio: 2014 Archaeology, History, & Natural History Bus Trip
ISM Research & Collections Center
Thursday, October 09, 2014 - Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Dr. Michael Wiant, Director of Dickson Mounds Museum will be the study leader for the trip.

Join us as we discover the mysteries of the prehistoric mound builders in southern and central Ohio. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Far Out Rocks
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Explore the geology of space with specimens from the Museum's collection, games, and crafts.

Bring the whole family to Super Saturdays at the Illinois State Museum! Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: In Space
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, October 13, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Listen to stories about space and see specimens from the Museum's collections. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Creatures of the Night
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, November 08, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Learn about nocturnal animals, see specimens from the Museum's collection, play games, and make crafts. Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: Fall Fun
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, November 10, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Listen to stories about fall. Find out more ...


Biodiversity Blitz! Family Event
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Learn about Illinois' threatened and endangered species and celebrate conservation success stories with hands-on games and activities. Find out more ...


Collector's Day
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Many of the finest pieces of the Museum's collections were donated by people with a passion for collecting. Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: Who? Who? Owls!
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, December 08, 2014, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn about owls and see specimens from the Museum's collections.

Join us the second Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Celebrations Around the World
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Learn about winter-time cultural celebrations from around the globe, play games, and make crafts.

Bring the whole family to Super Saturdays at the Illinois State Museum! Find out more ...


Please note that event dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.

  Events, ISM Chicago Gallery & Illinois Artisans   

August Feature: Carole Hennessy
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Friday, August 01, 2014 - Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"Heartland Patterns" by Carole Hennessy Find out more ...


October Feature: Eric Jensen
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Friday, October 31, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Eric Jensen Find out more ...


Fashion & Fibers Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Browse one-of-a-kind artwork by 15 Juried Illinois Artisans and find that special gift. Presented by the Illinois Artisans Program, the Art Sprees are a monthly chance to shop local and meet the artisans. Find out more ...


Craft Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Browse one-of-a-kind artwork by 15 Juried Illinois Artisans and find that special gift. Presented by the Illinois Artisans Program, the Art Sprees are a monthly chance to shop local and meet the artisans. Find out more ...


November Feature: Tammy Deck
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Saturday, November 01, 2014 - Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tammy Deck Find out more ...


Home Decorating Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Browse one-of-a-kind artwork by 15 Juried Illinois Artisans and find that special gift. Presented by the Illinois Artisans Program, the Art Sprees are a monthly chance to shop local and meet the artisans. Find out more ...


December Feature: Leonard Vitacca
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Monday, December 01, 2014 - Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Leonard Vitacca Find out more ...


Holiday Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Browse one-of-a-kind artwork by 20 Juried Illinois Artisans and find that special gift. Presented by the Illinois Artisans Program, the Art Sprees are a monthly chance to shop local and meet the artisans. Find out more ...


Please note that event dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.

  Events, Dickson Mounds   

IVAS Lecture Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, September 03, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Jodie A. O’Gorman, Chairperson of the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University and current researcher at the Illinois State Museum, will present a talk titled: “Morton Village: New Views on the Intersection of Oneota and Mississippian Worlds” at the Wednesday, September 3, 2014 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society. Find out more ...


Tot Time: Fun for Tots & their Big People
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, September 04, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time topic will be “Upon a Cloudy Sky”. Find out more ...


Nature Trek Series: Telling Time in Ancient North America
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, September 07, 2014, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

In honor of Archaeology Awareness month, and as part of the Museum’s Nature Trek series, Dickson Mounds Museum welcomes William Iseminger and his presentation of Telling Time in Ancient North America on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Find out more ...


Dickson Mounds Open House & Hickory Ridge 20th Anniversary Festival
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Hickory Ridge Concert Series will forgo it’s traditional 3rd Saturday schedule and present an afternoon of live music on Sunday, September the 14, 2014 from 2:00 until 5:00 pm. Find out more ...


IVAS Lecture Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, October 01, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Andrew J. Upton, Doctoral Student, Michigan State University and an R. Bruce McMillan Museum Intern, will present a talk titled: “Technological and Social Dimensions of Late Prehistoric Pottery: A Central Illinois River Valley Case Study” at the Wednesday, October 1, 2014 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society. Find out more ...


Tot Time: Fun for Tots & their Big People
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, October 02, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time topic will be “Cool Cats”. Find out more ...


Rendezvous Encampment
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 04, 2014 - Sunday, October 05, 2014, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Learn what life was like on the Illinois frontier during the Spoon River Scenic Drive.

Find out more ...


Rendezvous Encampment
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Sunday, October 12, 2014, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Learn what life was like on the Illinois frontier during the Spoon River Scenic Drive.

Find out more ...


Native American Game Day
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Spend an afternoon enjoying a variety of intellectually stimulating and physically challenging Native American games. Find out more ...


Goin' Batty!
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us as we learn all about bats. Enjoy hands-on activities and crafts. Live bat presentation courtesy of Incredible Bats will begin at 2:00 pm in the Museum's auditorium. Find out more ...


Tot Time: Fun for Tots & their Big People
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, November 06, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds Museum on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time topic will be "Gobble, Gobble."  

Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering, and learning on the first Thursday of the month from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Kid's Day
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, November 08, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Ancient Art in Illinois - Discover the variety of art people created long ago. Enjoy hands-on activities and crafts to take home. Find out more ...


Tot Time: Fun for Tots & their Big People
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, December 04, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds Museum on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time topic will be "Game Day."  

Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering, and learning on the first Thursday of the month from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Family Night at the Museum
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - Sunday, December 14, 2014, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Explore the Museum at night. Then, snuggle up by the "fire" for some good ole' fashioned storytelling by Marilyn A. Find out more ...


Please note that event dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.

  Events, ISM Lockport   

Civil War Nurse, Clara Barton
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

History comes to life in this first-person portrayal by historian Leslie Goddard. Clara Barton earned fame as the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. Find out more ...


Please note that event dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.

  Events on Saturday, March 30, 2013, Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center   

Artist Demonstration: Rhonda Lemay - Lampwork Jewelry
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lemay's enthusiastic demonstrations are always fascinating, fun and entertaining. Watch as she creates colorful beads using a lampworking torch.
Find out more ...


Please note that event dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.

  Events, Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center   

Artisans Gallery Exhibition: Kaiser-Amaral, Thomas & Smith
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Thursday, September 04, 2014 - Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The fall exhibition explores light and shadow through oil paintings by Sarah Kaiser-Amaral and blown glass by Jan Thomas and Cameron Smith. Find out more ...


Beginner: Basket Weaving with Kay Wiggins
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Learn the basics of how to basket weave using natural materials in a one day workshop. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Beginner: Bead Embroidery and Weaving Workshop with Bill See
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Sunday, September 14, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

In this two day workshop, learn the basic techniques of various stitching and embellishments. Students will focus on making a pendant and chain.
Tuition $75, all materials provided, minimum of 6.

All classes must be paid in advance. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Beginner: Watercolor Experiments with David Clelland
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Explore experimental ways to use watercolors. Bring a basic set  of watercolor paints. Paper and brushes will be provided.
Tuition $60, includes most supplies, minimum of 6.

All classes must be paid in advance. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Beginner/Intermediate: Painting in Pure Pigment: Introduction to Pastels with Tracey Maras
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Sunday, October 12, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

In this two day seminar, Maras teaches techniques for using dry pastels. Students will have the opportunity to create 2 small pastel paintings and 1 medium-sized pastel painting during the workshop. Find out more ...


Beginner/Intermediate: 2-Day Basket Weaving with Kay Wiggins
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

A workshop designed for both beginners and students with some experience. Learn a variety of basket weaving techniques & try new materials. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Beginner: Drawing Workshop with David Clelland
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Everyone can draw - no experience necessary. Clelland's class is designed as an introduction to concepts for drawing and sketching.
Tuition $60, all supplies included, minimum of 6.

All classes must be paid in advance. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Beginner/Intermediate: Watercolor Workshop with Lynn Reznick
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Even if you have never touched a paintbrush, this class will have you painting in no time. Find out more ...


Artisan Gallery Exhibition: Hearth & Home: Living with Craft
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, November 08, 2014 - Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Illinois Artisan Program presents an exhibit dedicated to 30 years of living with craft. Find out more ...


Artisan Demonstration: Carl Cottingham - Wood Carving
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cottingham uses bas relief and wood chipping to create wall plaques and 3-dimensional works.

See images and find out more on Facebook.

Find out more ...


Holiday Open House
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Friday, November 28, 2014 - Sunday, November 30, 2014, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Rethink your holiday shopping by purchasing local gifts made in Illinois. Revive holiday traditions with our expanded handmade ornament display, including blown glass and hand-painted ornaments. Find out more ...


Artisan Demonstration: Wheat Elder - Oil Painting
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The subjects of Elder's oil paintings are simple, everyday things which create a home, evoking feelings of peace, comfort, and rest.

See images and find out more on Facebook.

Find out more ...


Artisan Demonstration: Michelle Tackitt - Jewelry
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tackitt designs and forges ring, earrings and necklaces from a variety of metals such as sterling sliver and copper.

See images and find out more on Facebook.

Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Beginner: Watercolor Experiments with David Clelland
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

A beginner's watercolor workshop. Explore experimental ways to use watercolors. Bring a basic set of watercolor paints. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Beginner: Jewelry Workshop with Michelle Tackitt
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

A beginning silversmithing workshop. Students will use cold connections to create sterling silver dangle earrings.
Tuition $60, all supplies included, minimum of 6.

All classes must be paid in advance. Find out more ...


Please note that event dates are subject to change.
To confirm dates, please call the appropriate site.

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