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  Events, ISM Springfield   

Brownbag Lectures: "Scenes from the WPA"
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, May 01, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

John Lustig, Director of the ISM Lockport Gallery, will be speaking on the art made during the years of “The Great Depression” (1935-1943). Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: The Big Deal about Big Game: Early Paleoindian Use of Pleistocene Megafauna
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Wednesday, May 08, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Chris Widga, Assistant Curator of Geology, Illinois State Museum

Early Paleoindians hunted the last of the Pleistocene megafauna to extinction . Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Dark Chapters: Gangsters in Southern Illinois
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, May 08, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Taylor Pensoneau

Taylor Pensoneau, author of two books about crime in southern Illinois, will talk about legendary gangsters and racketeering in southern Illinois from 1920-1988.

Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Blue Stems & Blue Gills: State Symbols
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Did you know that popcorn is the Illinois State snack, or that the State dance is the square dance? Learn more about what makes Illinois truly unique during  “Blue Stems & Blue Gills: State Symbols.” Discover the Illinois State fruit, song, and more through a variety of crafts, games, and activities.

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


Story Time at the Museum: Let's Get Moving
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

2nd Monday of each month at 10:00 am
Free and open to the public

Join us each month for a new program designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Native American Medicinal Garden
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by: Sally Wagoner, Former Wellness and Development Director, American Indian Center of Chicago

Sally Wagoner will present a discussion about medicinal plants and explain how learning about these plants and the relationship Native people had and still have can help one's garden, their family's health, and the well being of our planet.

Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Diagnosing the Whole Patient: Using Poverty Simulation to Help Residents See Beyond Medical Issues
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by:
Jacqueline Ferguson, MA; Andrew Varney, MD; and Ross Silverman, JD
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Physicians-in-training (residents) can lose compassion for, and understanding of, their patients as residents attempt to master their chosen profession.To combat this lack of understanding and compassion, resident physicians at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine participated in an interactive poverty simulation designed to: (a) teach them the issues facing people living in poverty, (b) help them understand the issues that prevent patients from being compliant, and (c) help them become more compassionate toward the poor and poverty-stricken. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Yachties in Fatu Hiva: Tourism Theory and Ethnography by Leisure Sailors
ISM Research & Collections Center
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lecture will be held on TUESDAY, May 28th. 

Presented by Dr. Sharon S. Graf, Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology and Director of Music, University of Illinois at Springfield

Dr. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - Wednesday, June 05, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top — Mrs. Frizzle and her class dive into the sea to discover how volcanoes form islands.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 - Wednesday, June 05, 2013, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top —  Mrs. Frizzle and her class dive into the sea to discover how volcanoes form islands.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Audubon's Adventures in Illinois
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, June 07, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Spend an hour in the studio of one of America’s greatest naturalists and wildlife artists. Find out more ...


Birding in the Museum with Audubon
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, June 07, 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join John James Audubon, portrayed by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis, on a unique bird watching adventure as he regales listeners with his in-depth observations of the species found in the Museum’s Changes exhibition.

This program is part of History Comes Alive. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Travelin' the Land of Lincoln
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, June 08, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Vacation in the past at the June 8th Super Saturday “Travelin’ the Land of Lincoln.” Explore how people—past and present—travel Illinois in planes, trains, and everything in between! Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum: Beautiful Butterflies
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, June 10, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

2nd Monday of each month at 10:00 am
Free and open to the public

Join us each month for a new program designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Backyard Safari: Butterflies

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Backyard Safari: Butterflies

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Archaeology of Camp Nelson, Kentucky: A Large U.S. Civil War Depot and Recruitment Center
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

**The Paul Mickey Science Series for June, July, and August will follow a theme on the Civil War and will take place in the Illinois State Museum's Thorne Deuel Auditorium, 502 S. Find out more ...


Super Science Mini-Camp: "Trilobites, Tully Monster & More"
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Date: Thursday, June 13
Times: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Grades: (completed) 3rd - 5th
Cost: ISMS Members $20 and Non-members $30

Go on an underwater adventure right here in Illinois! Find out more ...


Super Science Mini-Camp: "Trilobites, Tully Monster & More"
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, June 14, 2013, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Date: Thursday, June 14
Times: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Grades: (completed) 1st and 2nd
Cost: ISMS Members $20 and Non-members $30

Go on an underwater adventure right here in Illinois! Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Growing Up Wild: Penguins on Parade — Learn about penguins and other birds who cannot fly.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Growing Up Wild: Penguins on Parade — Learn about penguins and other birds who cannot fly.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in Its Pants — Join Mrs. Frizzle's class in learning about the industrious life of ants.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in Its Pants — Join Mrs. Frizzle's class in learning about the industrious life of ants.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Kids Unplugged: 1800s Fun & Games Kids' Night Out
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, June 28, 2013, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Children living in the 1800s often had to work hard, but after the chores were done it was time to play. Find out more ...


Audubon's Adventures in Illinois
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, June 28, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Spend an hour in the studio of one of America’s greatest naturalists and wildlife artists. Find out more ...


Birding in the Museum with Audubon
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, June 28, 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join John James Audubon, portrayed by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis, on a unique bird watching adventure as he regales listeners with his in-depth observations of the species found in the Museum’s Changes exhibition.

This program is part of History Comes Alive. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - Wednesday, July 03, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

The Magic School Bus Goes to Mussel Beach — Mrs. Frizzle's class learns about the animals who live on the beach.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - Wednesday, July 03, 2013, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Magic School Bus Goes to Mussel Beach — Mrs. Frizzle's class learns about the animals who live on the beach.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Audubon's Adventures in Illinois
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, July 05, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Spend an hour in the studio of one of America’s greatest naturalists and wildlife artists. Find out more ...


Birding in the Museum with Audubon
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, July 05, 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join John James Audubon, portrayed by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis, on a unique bird watching adventure as he regales listeners with his in-depth observations of the species found in the Museum’s Changes exhibition.

This program is part of History Comes Alive. Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, July 08, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

2nd Monday of each month at 10:00 am
Free and open to the public

Join us each month for a new program designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Reading Rainbow: Once There Was a Tree — Learn about trees and how they provide food, shelter, and the air you breathe.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Reading Rainbow: Once There Was a Tree — Learn about trees and how they provide food, shelter, and the air you breathe.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: New Philadelphia (Pike County, Illinois) and the Civil War
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Paul Mickey Science Series for June, July, and August will follow a theme on the Civil War and will take place in the Illinois State Museum's Thorne Deuel Auditorium, 502 S. Find out more ...


3D Thinking and Printing Demonstration at the Illinois State Museum
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, July 12, 2013, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Are you curious about 3D printing technology? The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will host public demonstrations of 3D printing and scanning on Friday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: At Home in the 1860's
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Explore life at home in Illinois during the 1860s. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Kids Discover Bats — There are over 1,000 kinds of bats. Learn about these gentle, helpful creatures and how you can help them survive.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest: Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Kids Discover Bats — There are over 1,000 kinds of bats. Learn about these gentle, helpful creatures and how you can help them survive.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10:00 A.M. Find out more ...


3D Thinking and Printing Workshop at Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center
ISM Research & Collections Center
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

On Thursday July 18, the Illinois Museum will host informal workshops on 3D printing and scanning for teachers, students, and other interested parties in the Museum’s Research and Collections Center in Springfield.  Workshops will be held at 10:00 a.m. with a repeat presentation at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Find out more ...


Audubon's Adventures in Illinois
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, July 19, 2013, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Spend an hour in the studio of one of America’s greatest naturalists and wildlife artists. 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   

May Feature Window: Patty Schwegmann, Jewelry
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 - Friday, May 31, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"I hand form the "stones" using a porcelain clay and paint designs on these stones using different mixes of ceramic oxides. Find out more ...


Mother's Day Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Monday, May 06, 2013 - Tuesday, May 07, 2013, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

25 Artisans display and demonstrate their technique. Meet the artisans and browse one-of-a-kind fine craft. Find out more ...


Gallery Talks
ISM Chicago Gallery
Thursday, May 09, 2013, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Please join us for a series of informal gallery talks and tours related to the exhibition Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions. Find out more ...


Gallery Talks
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please join us for a series of informal gallery talks and tours related to the exhibition Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions. Find out more ...


June Feature Window: Roger Grimes, Furniture & Home goods
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Saturday, June 01, 2013 - Sunday, June 30, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Tree Transformed: From Trunk to Table
Artisan Interview: Roger Grimes, Chicago, IL
Full Interview on our Tumblr Here

A retired EPA lawyer, Roger Grimes has a passion for conservation, which is reflected in each piece he constructs in wood. Find out more ...


Visual Whispers
ISM Chicago Gallery
Monday, June 03, 2013 - Friday, June 07, 2013, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Special Event
Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery Atrium exhibition in conjunction with Morton College, Cicero, IL

Visual Whispers
Art by Kathryn A. Find out more ...


Gallery Talks
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please join us for a series of informal gallery talks and tours related to the exhibition Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions. Find out more ...


Father's Day Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

15 Artisans display and demonstrate their technique. Meet the artisans and browse one-of-a-kind fine craft.
Find out more ...


July Feature Window: Kristi Sloniger, Ceramics
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Monday, July 01, 2013 - Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Living with Clay:
Artisan Interview: Kristi Sloniger, Oak Park, IL

There is a beautiful orchestration of steps in a pottery studio. Find out more ...


Jewelry Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - Friday, July 19, 2013, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

 15 Artisans display and demonstrate their technique. Meet the artisans and browse one-of-a-kind fine craft.

Find out more about the featured Artisans on our Facebook Events Page.

Find out more ...


ISM Chicago Gallery Special Exhibition - Audrey Ushenko: An Artist at Work
ISM Chicago Gallery
Monday, July 22, 2013 - Friday, July 26, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Chicago artist, Audrey Ushenko, will be demonstrating her painting techniques in the James R. Thompson Building Atrium. Find out more ...


"Everything in Place"—Gallery Walk-N-Talk
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Gallery walk-n-talk for the exhibition Everything in Place with Jennifer Jaskowiak, Curator, ISM Lockport.

Free and open to the public. Find out more ...


August Feature Window: Hiram Toraason, Glass
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, August 01, 2013 - Saturday, August 31, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Additional information to be announced.

Find out more ...


Gallery Talk: A Closer Look: The Art of Julius Moessel & Mary Agnes Yerkes
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us for a lively discussion of two historic Illinois artists in the current exhibition 'Sketches, Journals, Preparations...Everything In Place.' ISM curators Jennifer Jaskowiak and Doug Stapleton will lead the discussion. Find out more ...


Craft Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - Friday, August 23, 2013, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

15 Artisans display and demonstrate their technique. Meet the artisans and browse one-of-a-kind fine craft.
Find out more ...


September Feature Window: Annelies Heijnen, Sculptural Ceramics
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Sunday, September 01, 2013 - Monday, September 30, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Read the interview with Annelies Heijnen on our Tumblr
Check out images of the exhibition on our Facebook Page

Interview Excerpt:

In art there is a balance between knowing the artist’s intentions and the freedom to interpret art freely and through the lens of our own experiences. Find out more ...


Fall Fashion Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - Thursday, September 19, 2013, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

17 Artisans display and demonstrate their technique. Meet the artisans and browse one-of-a-kind fine craft.
Find out more ...


Artist Talk: Diane Simpson
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Illinois sculptor Diane Simpson's sculptures speak to historic garments and body covering recast as elegant, geometric abstract forms with skewed perspectives and meticulous construction. Find out more ...


October Feature Window: Bonnie Lopez, Calaveras
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - Thursday, October 31, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"Skeletal figures (Calaveras), toys and sugar skulls are found in abundance in the market place. Find out more ...


Mug-a-thon & American Craft Week
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Friday, October 04, 2013 - Friday, October 11, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate American Craft Week

We are celebrating local artisans and craft all #MadeInIllinois with several events:

Mug-a-thon:
VISIT the Illinois Artisans, Chicago
BRING in your mass-produced mug
DONATE your mug
WE DONATE it to a good cause
& YOU RECEIVE 10% off an Artisan mug
WIN. Find out more ...


Craft & Chicago Artists Month Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - Thursday, October 17, 2013, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

15 Artisans display and demonstrate their technique.
Meet the artisans and browse one-of-a-kind fine craft.

The Illinois Artisans Program is part of Chicago Artists Month 2013, the 18th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  Find out more about the participating artisans and see images of the unique demos on facebook. For more information on Chicago Artists Month, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org.

Chicago Artists Month

Find out more ...


Artist Talk: Kate Ingold
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Chicago artist and poet will talk about the development of her Dark Waters project currently on view in the Everything in Place exhibition. Find out more ...


"Making the Invisible, Visible: Through the Arts"
ISM Chicago Gallery
Monday, October 28, 2013 - Friday, November 01, 2013, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Special exhibition in the James R. Thompson Center Atrium.
October 28 - November 1, 2013
open 7:00 a.m. Find out more ...


November Feature Window: Mary and Spencer Watson, Jewelry and Stone Sculpture
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Friday, November 01, 2013 - Saturday, November 30, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mary Watson works along with her husband, Spencer, who is a sculptor, selling their work at art shows and selected galleries.

Mary's jewelry pieces are primarily fabricated using a hollow form process. Find out more ...


First Nations Film & Video Festival
ISM Chicago Gallery
Friday, November 01, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Films start at 11:00 a.m.

Short Films Program

Urban Rez, (2013) 57 minutes
This documentary, produced for Rocky Mountain Public Television, explores the controversial legacy and modern-day affects of the U.S. Find out more ...


Home Decorating Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Friday, November 22, 2013, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

20 Artisans display and demonstrate their technique. Meet the artisans and browse one-of-a-kind fine craft.
Find out more ...


December Feature Window: Ceramics
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Sunday, December 01, 2013 - Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"Stories of Progress"
Michael Schwegmann
Illinois Artisans, Chicago: December Feature.

"What I decided to do recently was increase the physical scale of the work. Make them larger than typical functional size and a few things happen. No longer are they regarded as “pots” by most people, and the larger pieces do not face the immediate dismissal that often faces pottery. They become more sculptural, more figural. Find out more ...


Gallery Talk: Richard Deutsch and Karen Perl
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please join us for an informal conversation with two of the artist in our current exhibition, The Art of Description.

Richard Deutsch and Karen Perl paintings are infused with light and silence. Find out more ...


Holiday Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - Friday, December 20, 2013, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Holiday Art Spree,
Handmade for the Holidays. 

Browse the work of 25 Illinois Artisans in the Atrium of the James R. Find out more ...


Atrium Exhibition
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Monday, January 27, 2014 - Friday, January 31, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Filling the Atrium with Art. The last week of January the Illinois Artisans, Chicago will display works by 18 Illinois Artisans in the historic atrium of the James R. Find out more ...


February Feature: Lisa Slodki
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Saturday, February 01, 2014 - Friday, February 28, 2014, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Lighthearted: A contemporary display of jewelry. Find out more ...


Valentine's Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Friday, February 14, 2014, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Browse one-of-a-kind artwork by 18 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 ...


Gallery Talk: Steven Carrelli & Tim Lowly
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please join us for an informal conversation with two of the artists in our current exhibition, The Art of Description. Find out more ...


April Feature: Felicia Breen & Chad Nelson
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Saturday, March 01, 2014 - Monday, March 31, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"Clay Fish Renditions" by Felicia Breen & Chad Nelson. Find out more ...


March Feature: Arlene Salamendra
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Saturday, March 01, 2014 - Monday, March 31, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"The Art of Story Telling" by Arlene Salamendra showcases surrealist portraits of animals and scenes. Find out more ...


Spring Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Friday, March 14, 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 ...


Gallery Performance: Sandra Binion, Random Lines in Tereglio with Lou Mallozzi, Hal Rammel and Andrea Raos
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please join us on Wednesday, March 19 at noon for an afternoon poetry and improvised music performance with Sandra Binion, one of the artists in our current exhibition, The Art of Description. Find out more ...


Gardening Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Friday, April 11, 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 ...


Gallery Talk: Thom Whalen with curator Robert Sill
ISM Chicago Gallery
Friday, April 25, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Thom Whalen with curator Robert Sill will present a Gallery Talk for the exhibition Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions.

Thom Whalen’s (Chatham IL) art has a glow like stained glass; a psychedelic, highly crafted world of writhing sensual forms stretched taught across the picture plane. Find out more ...


May Feature: Sandra Wilcoxon
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, May 01, 2014 - Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"Sculptural Embellishments" by Sandra Wilcoxon. Sandra Wilcoxon is a jeweler and a sculptor. First dazzled by the range of tones in pearls, Wilcoxon began creating woven pieces that explored color. Find out more ...


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

  Events, Dickson Mounds   

Tot Time: Fun for Tots and Big People
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, May 02, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Dickson Mounds Museum is offering a new monthly program series for parents and their young children in 2013.  Formerly known as “Fun for Moms & Tots,” Tot Time: Fun for Tots & Big People will be held on the first Thursday of each month at 9:30am.  Some activities may be held outside weather permitting.  On May 2, 2013 the program will focus on flowers.  The craft project includes using a photo of the tot provided by the parent.  Activities will be held at the Museum’s Picnic Shelter weather permitting. 

Admission is free and registration is not required.  Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoors. Find out more ...


Mother's Day Gift Ideas
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, May 05, 2013, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Dads, bring the kids by to create a special gift for Mom, such as pottery, dream catchers, and arrow point necklaces. Find out more ...


New Nature Trek Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

On Thursday, May 16th, The Nature Conservancy’s Tharran Hobson will discuss the rare birds that have returned to the area since the Emiquon restoration project began in 2007.  Over 90% of Illinois Threatened or Endangered wetland related bird species and over 60% of all Threatened or Endangered bird species have been recorded in the Emiquon Preserve.  The size and variety of habitat at the Preserve remains a beacon for several bird species.  The area has become an important migration route and nesting destination for birds. Find out more ...


More than Bows-n-Arrows
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for this annual Father's Day event. Enjoy hands-on activities and demonstrations of life-sustaining skills used by ancient Native Americans. Find out more ...


A Taste of Archaeology for Teens
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - Thursday, June 20, 2013, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Gain experience as a young archaeologist. Participate in an excavation and learn how to identify, clean, organize, and sort artifacts. Find out more ...


A Taste of Archaeology for Adults
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Thursday, June 27, 2013, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Ever dreamed of a career as an Archaeologist? Do you consider yourself an amateur Archaeologist? Work alongside archaeologists and gain insight into this profession. Find out more ...


Nature Adventure for Kids
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - Thursday, July 11, 2013, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Experience the Illinois River Valley through a variety of hands-on activities, including hiking, canoeing, bird watching, fishing, water sampling and biological laboratory work. Find out more ...


The Art of Exploring I
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum presents the Art of Exploring I on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 and Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 9:00am-noon for kids ages 7-9 years old.  Participants will explore the world around them through archaeological, nature, and art activities.  Kids will enjoy searching for clues about the ancient past and other outdoor activities such as hiking and nature observation. Find out more ...


Nature Trek Series - Plants of the Praire: Past and Present
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Amy McEuen is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) where she teaches courses in ecology and conservation.  She holds a PhD in Terrestrial Ecology from the University of Michigan. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: "The Wacky Keys" to Perform at Dickson Mounds Museum
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Appearing at the Hickory Ridge Concert Series on Saturday, July 20, 2013 will be the group “The Wacky Keys”.  The performance will begin at 7:30 PM at the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, IL.  This promises to be a fun, wacky evening. Find out more ...


The Art of Exploring II
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Explore the past and the present in the Illinois River Valley. Learn how people lived in this area and utilized its resources over thousands of years. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, August 01, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

On Thursday, August 1, 2013, the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on frogs.  Tots will learn fun facts about frogs, hear the calls of local frog species, and see frog specimens from the museum collection.  Participants will also enjoy a hands-on craft activity.

Admission is free and registration is not required.  As it is summer break, older siblings are welcomed to attend the program.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


Native American Tattooing to be Examined at Dickson Mounds Museum
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will host a lecture by Aaron Deter-Wolf entitled “The Archaeology and Ethnography of Native American Tattooing" to be presented at Dickson Mounds Museum on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  This lecture is free and the public is invited to attend. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Ken Carlysle Returns to Hickory Ridge
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, August 17, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Returning to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series on Saturday, August 17, 2013 will be favorite musician Ken Carlysle.  The concert begins at 7:30 pm at Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, IL. Find out more ...


Dickson Mounds Celebrates 33rd Annual Open House
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, August 18, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum invites you to attend the annual Open House on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Presentation: Bison Bones Found Along Illinois River
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, September 04, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will host a presentation on a recent bison find at the Dickson Mounds Museum. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person Program
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, September 05, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, September 5, 2013, the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on Dirt.  Tots will learn fun facts about different types of dirt and how important it is for human survival.  Participants will enjoy exploring the dirt and may find critters or pieces of the past.

Admission is free and registration is not required.  Dress appropriately for the outdoors.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


Be an Archaeologist for a Day
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting “Be an Archaeologist for a Day” for kids ages 9-16 years old on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Kids will work alongside professional archaeologists and learn excavation and artifact identification techniques, and how to process finds.  The program will begin with hands-on preparatory activities indoors, and then, weather permitting, will be held outdoors for the afternoon. 

The program fee is $2 for Illinois State Museum Society members and $4 for non-members per child.  Registration is required with a deadline of Monday, September 9th.  Space is limited with a maximum of 10 participants.  Each participant is required to provide his/her own sack lunch, drink, and snacks, and must dress appropriately for the weather and outdoor work.  Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America encouraged to participate as this program may fulfill some badge requirements. 

The Illinois State Museum - Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97.  The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. Find out more ...


Nature Trek Science Series: Scat
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum and the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Therkildsen Field Station present Scat as the topic for the next Nature Trek program on Thursday, September 19, 2013.  U.S. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Tom Irwin Returns to Hickory Ridge
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Springfield, IL singer songwriter Tom Irwin returns to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2013 for an evening of intimate songs from his latest release, Sangamon Songs.  The songs were created from an 1893 diary written by Harry Glen Ludlam, a teenager who lived on the Irwin farm in Sangamon County just outside Springfield, Illinois, from 1880 to 1894. Find out more ...


Archaeology and Ancient Earthquakes
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, October 02, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Michael Wiant will present a lecture titled: Archaeology and Ancient Earthquakes at the Wednesday, October 2, 2013 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society.  The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.  This lecture is free and the public is invited to attend. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person Program: Spiders
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, October 03, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Dickson Mounds, the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on Spiders. Find out more ...


Rendezvous Encampment
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 05, 2013 - Sunday, October 06, 2013, 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 12, 2013 - Sunday, October 13, 2013, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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


Family Programs at Dickson Mounds Museum: Stories and Music from the Dust Bowl Days
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1:00 PM - 9:30 PM

As part of the Spoon River Reads project, Dickson Mounds Museum and the Fulton County Arts Council are hosting a day of family programs at Dickson Mounds Museum on Saturday, October 19, 2013.  At 1:00 pm, join storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis as he travels the back roads of America, meets the folks who built this country and hear the stories and songs sung by the Oakies. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Woody Guthrie Songs
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Songwriter and guitarist Bucky Halker will return to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series to perform the songs of Woody Guthrie and the dust bowl era as well as a selection of his original songs this Saturday, October the 19th at 7:30 pm.   A longtime favorite at Hickory Ridge, Halker has been called “The living heir of Woody Guthrie”.  He performs Woody’s music with a rare passion as well as a deep understanding of the dustbowl era. 

Bucky Halker was born in 1954 and grew up in Ashland, Wisconsin, a declining blue-collar, iron ore, lumber town on Lake Superior with fish fry Fridays, country music, Swedes, polkas, Finns, Indian reservations, Poles, 12-foot fishin’ boats, girls with transistor radios, and 40 bars on Main street. Find out more ...


Native American Game Day
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Dickson Mounds Museum presents Native American Game Day on Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Find out more ...


Ritual and Ceremony at the Morton Village Site
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, November 06, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Michael Conner, Dickson Mounds Museum, will present a lecture titled: Ritual and Ceremony at the Morton Village Siteat the Wednesday, November 6, 2013 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society.  The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.  This lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Investigations by archaeologists from Dickson Mounds Museum and Michigan State University over the last six years have produced strong evidence that local Mississippian Indians and immigrants of the Oneota cultural tradition were living together at the Morton Village site near Dickson Mounds around A.D. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person: Corn, Beans, and Squash-Oh my!
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, November 07, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 9:30am, the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on food.  Corn, Beans, and Squash-Oh my! will teach participants how Native Americans harvested and used their food.  Tots will enjoy hearing The Legend of the Three Sisters and making a fun craft to take home. 

Admission is free and registration is not required.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


November Night Hike
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Friday, November 08, 2013, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

At Dickson Mounds on Friday, November 8, 2013, families will enjoy searching and listening for wildlife during an evening hike followed by stories around a campfire.  The program will begin at 6:30 pm.  Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and terrain and may bring a flashlight.

Admission is free and registration is not required.  In case of inclement weather an alternative program date is set for Friday, November 22, 2013.  Please call the Museum between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on the 8th if cancellation seems to be a possibility.

The Illinois State Museum - Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97.  The museum is open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Ben Bedford Returns to Hickory Ridge
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Springfield, IL singer songwriter Ben Bedford will return to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.  With a degree in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bedford's narrative songs transcend time and place while illuminating universal truths.  His music has been described as: "Beautiful and unusual story songs that take the listener to the heart of the matter". Find out more ...


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Duane Esarey, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, will present a lecture titled: Untangling the Piasa's tale: A revised interpretationat the Wednesday, December 4, 2013 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society.  The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.  This lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Lost accounts and contradictory details have made painted images on the rock bluff at Alton, Illinois an enduring source of mystery.  Jolliet’s original 1673 drawing was supposedly lost, the paintings disappeared before authoritative renderings were captured, and local accounts of the images’ meaning were badly confused.  This presentation verifies a contemporary drawing fitting the description of Marquette’s account as coming from Louis Jolliet and uses a Peoria Indian culture-hero account to decode the long-lost meaning of the Piasa.  In the process a new supernatural character shows how related imagery in Mississippian and earlier iconography must be reinterpreted.

The Illinois State Museum—Dickson Mounds is located between Lewistown and Havana off Illinois Routes 78 and 97. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person: Fun with Snowflakes
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, December 05, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 9:30am the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on snowflakes.  Fun with Snowflakes will teach participants about the different shapes of snowflakes.  Tots will enjoy a story and a fun craft to take home. 

Admission is free and registration is not required.  Light refreshments will be served. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Andrew Calhoun
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, December 21, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Due to the high probability of severe weather on Saturday, December 21, 2013, the 7:30 pm Hickory Ridge Concert Series performance has been cancelled. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person: Icy Fun
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, January 02, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 9:30 am the Tots and their Big Person program will focus on ice. Find out more ...


Museum Movie Matinee—The Indiana Jones Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, January 04, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a monthly Movie Matinee featuring the Indiana Jones series beginning Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 1:00 pm.  Participants will enjoy complimentary popcorn and beverages while viewing Raiders of the Lost Ark.  This 1981 classic is set in 1936 and depicts archaeologist Indiana Jones on a quest to recover the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. Find out more ...


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, January 08, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Due to recent severe weather and current road conditions the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) is cancelling their monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Dickson Mounds Museum.

The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: 60s Folk Music at Hickory Ridge
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

The folk group Compass will return to the Hickory Ridge Concert series on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm.  Compass is comprised of five men in search of a direction (we all know that men never ask for directions!).  COMPASS delivers a virtual folk festival with tunes from "the folk scare of the 60s", traditional folk songs, a cappella sea shanties, as well as a wealth of original material.

Jerry Thiel, Dave Borton, Chuck VanderVennet, D. Find out more ...


Native American Winter Gathering
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum will be hosting a traditional Native American Winter Gathering on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Museum Movie Matinee—The Indiana Jones Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, February 01, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a monthly Movie Matinee series featuring Indiana Jones.  On Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., participants will enjoy complimentary popcorn and beverages while viewing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.  This 1984 classic is a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark and is set in 1935.  It depicts archaeologist Indiana Jones on a quest to find a mystical stone in India. Find out more ...


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

  Events, ISM Lockport   

Family ARTventures
ISM Lockport Gallery
Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Sunday, June 16, 2013, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

During Lockport Old Canal Days week-end
Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16
11:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Take a self-guided tour of the current exhibition Fragile Relations: Art Nature, and Environment aided by ISMLG's Family ARTventures Guide. Find out more ...


Tweet-ISM Art 2013
ISM Lockport Gallery
Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Sunday, June 16, 2013, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

During Lockport Old Canal Days week-end
Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16
11:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The latest “-ism” (or movement) in art are images which we tweet and re-tweet, visually reacting to our environment.  Be a part of the “-ism” at the ISM during Old Canal Days weekend.  First, view the exhibition Fragile Relations: Art, Nature, and Environment at ISM Lockport.  Then, respond to any one (or two, or three) of the art on display by creating your own photos relating to a favorite piece that you see and post the image through ISM Lockport’s Twitter feed.  Don’t have a Twitter account, submit pics to our Facebook page or via email to the staff and they’ll add it for you.  Specific instructions will be available at the Museum.  Offered during Old Canal Days 2013.

Find out more ...


Reception and Tour with Curator Jane Stevens
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, August 25, 2013, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for a Gallery "Walk and Talk" led by Jane Stevens, Associate Curator of Art, ISM Chicago Gallery and summer refreshments. Find out more ...


Meet the Artist: Jeff Crisman
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, September 29, 2013, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Come hear Joliet-based photographer Jeff Crisman speak about his work and process. This is a great way to speak directly with the artist and ask questions about his work. Find out more ...


Meet the Artist: Barbara Cooper
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Barbara Cooper works with all different types of found wood to create beautiful sculptures. Come hear the artist speak about her work and process. Find out more ...


After Hours with the Author: Dennis Cremin
ISM Lockport Gallery
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join in the conversation with historian and author Dennis Cremin who will discuss his new book Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard.  This event is part of our programming series for the exhibition sketches, journals, preparations. Find out more ...


Gallery "Walk and Talk"
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for a Gallery “Walk and Talk” led by exhibition curator Jennifer Jaskowiak, Curator of Art, ISM Lockport Gallery. Find out more ...


Two Artists: Yerkes and Moessel
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, February 09, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Curators Doug Stapleton, ISM Chicago Gallery, and Jennifer Jaskowiak, ISM Lockport Gallery will introduce you to two historic Illinois artists who worked in the early 20th century:  Mary Agnes Yerkes (1886-1989) and Julius Moessel (1871-1959).   Exhibition curator Jennifer Jaskowiak will speak about the remarkable life and work of Oak Park native Mary Agnes Yerkes; most noted for her light filled paintings of the national parks and Pacific coastline.   German-born artist Julius Moessel arrived in Chicago in the late 1920s after nearly 30 years as a painter of interior architectural decoration.  Assistant Curator Doug Stapleton will talk about the many aspects of Moessel’s work as an observer of the natural world.  This event is part of our free Sunday Series for the exhibition sketches, journals, preparations. Find out more ...


Sketching Still Life Workshop with artist Susan Frankel
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, March 02, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

We’ll provide the inspiration, you bring your sketchpad and pencils to this discussion and “How’d they do that?” workshop. Find out more ...


Zooarchaeology (a How'd They Do That? demonstration and workshop)
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Find out more ...


Before there was the I&M Canal, there was a Plan—The 1816 Indian Boundary Line of Northern Illinois
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, April 06, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presented by Margaret (Peg) M. Find out more ...


Summer Art Series 2014
ISM Lockport Gallery
Friday, June 13, 2014 - Friday, August 01, 2014, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Summer Art Series 2014 is a partnership with the City of Lockport and the Gaylord Building-A Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Gaylord Building is the original site for ISM-Lockport before relocating across the plaza to our space in the Norton Building. Find out more ...


Lockport Old Canal Days Festival
ISM Lockport Gallery
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Sunday, June 15, 2014, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ISM Lockport Gallery will be open special hours on Saturday, June 14, from 11am to 5 pm and extended hours, Sunday, June 15, from 11am to 5 pm, during the Canal Days festival for viewing of the exhibition Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois.

Find out more ...


Finding Hallowed Ground: America's Civil War Sites Today
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A visit to an American Civil War site is a walk in the footsteps of history. Find out more ...


John Siblik "River Weaving"
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A “How’d They Do That?” event, come hear directly from the artist about the temporary outdoor installation “River Weaving” IN the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Find out more ...


Curator's Tour and Public Reception
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

All are welcome to participate in a gallery walk-n-talk led by Angela Goebel-Bain, Curator of Decorative Arts and curator of the exhibition “Loyal Hearts.” The Curator will focus on the stories of selected objects in the exhibition. Find out more ...


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 ...


Winter Art Break
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, December 28, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Break from the hustle, enjoy art and refreshments. Free and open to the public.

Find out more ...


An Un-Valentine's Evening
ISM Lockport Gallery
Friday, February 20, 2015, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a special after-hours open house on Friday, February 20 from 5:00 p.m. Find out more ...


Curator's Tour
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Art of Description Curator's Tour led by Doug Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art, ISM Chicago Gallery.

Free and open to the public.

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Walking Through the Green Tunnel: My Appalacchian Trail Adventure
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, March 08, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Speaker: Patrick Bredlau

Free and open to the public.

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How'd They Do That?
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Describing Art 101 a primer for art-speak led by Jennifer Jaskowiak, Curator, ISM Lockport Gallery.

Free and open to the public.

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Guy Benson and Curator Doug Stapleton in conversation
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at the Museum when artist Guy Benson and Curator Doug Stapleton (ISM Chicago) discuss Benson’s current work and important moments in his career as an Illinois artist. Find out more ...


Lockport Old Canal Days Festival
ISM Lockport Gallery
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ISM Lockport Gallery will be open special hours on Saturday, June 20, from 11am to 5 pm and regular hours, Sunday, June 21, from noon to 5 pm, during the Canal Days festival for viewing of the exhibition Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions.
PARKING WILL BE EXTREMELY LIMITED.

Find out more ...


Lockport Old Canal Days Festival
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, June 21, 2015, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

ISM Lockport Gallery will be open special hours on Saturday, June 20, from 11am to 5 pm and regular hours, Sunday, June 21, from noon to 5 pm, during the Canal Days festival for viewing of the exhibition Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions.
PARKING WILL BE EXTREMELY LIMITED.

Find out more ...


Thom Walen and Curator Robert Sill in converstation
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, July 19, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In preparation for the closure of the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, this program is being cancelled

Join us at the Museum when artist Thom Whalen and exhibition curator Robert Sill (Assistant Director of Art, ISM Springfield) discuss Whalen’s current work and important moments in his career as an Illinois artist. Find out more ...


Aaron Miller Drawing from Life
ISM Lockport Gallery
Saturday, July 25, 2015, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gaylord Building—2nd floor
200 West 8th Street, Lockport

Beginning at 2pm, artist Aaron Miller will be painting from life inside the space of his exhibition Aaron Miller—Paintings and Drawings, part of the City of Lockport’s Summer Art Series 2015. Find out more ...


Reception for Aaron Miller Drawing from Life Exhibition
ISM Lockport Gallery
Saturday, July 25, 2015, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Gaylord Building—2nd Floor
200 West 8th Street, Lockport

Reception for exhibition: Aaron Miller Drawing from Life. Find out more ...


Dick Blick Sunday: New Products and Demonstrations
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, July 26, 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm
Three sessions, All Art Supplies, All Day
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

This is the day to learn about the latest products being offered by Dick Blick Art Supplies, a family-owned Illinois company since 1911. Find out more ...


Julia Haw and Curator John Lustig in conversation
ISM Lockport Gallery
Friday, July 31, 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

In preparation for the closure of the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, this program is being cancelled

Join us at the Museum for a special after-hours evening that starts with a conversation between artist Julia Haw and curator John Lustig (Director, ISM Lockport) about Haw’s current work and her career as an Illinois artist. Find out more ...


Ron Bell "Osteomechanics" Exhibition / "Superheroes of Innovation" Gala
ISM Lockport Gallery
Saturday, August 01, 2015, 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Gaylord Building—2nd Floor
200 West 8th Street, Lockport

Ron Bell “Osteomechanics” exhibition
“Superheroes of Innovation” Gala

The gala is a ticketed event. Find out more ...


Barbara Aubin (1928-2014) remembered by Curator Jane Stevens
ISM Lockport Gallery
Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In preparation for the closure of the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, this program is being cancelled

Barbara Aubin, Illinois artist and art teacher, helped start the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art in the early 1970s and taught for years at Chicago State University, as well as Loyola, SAIC, and UW-Milwaukee. 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   

Adult Workshop: Painting in Pure Pigment: Introduction to Pastels
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, May 04, 2013 - Sunday, May 05, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Tracey Maras

In this two day seminar Tracey will teach techniques for using dry pastels. Find out more ...


Artist Demonstration: Carl Cottingham - Wood Carving
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Cottingham uses wood carving techniques passed down for generations through his family, including bas relief and wood chipping to create wall plaques and 3-dimensional works.
Find out more ...


Artist Demonstration: Greg Gibbs - Ceramics
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Gibbs draws patterns inspired by nature onto his wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramic pieces then uses a sgraffito technique to carve back the design leaving a raised surface.
Find out more ...


Artist Demonstration: Debbie Wilson - Mixed Media Painting
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Monday, May 27, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wilson is a mixed-media painter who uses nontraditional landscapes in her artwork. Her work is defined by overlapping images using transparent layers of color and light.
Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Basket Weaving
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Kay Wiggins

Kay will instruct about basket weaving using natural materials and beginner techniques. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Quilt Surface Design
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Karen Linduska

Karen will be sharing her distinctive quilting techniques in this short workshop. Find out more ...


Saturday Children's Workshops
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Different workshops are offered in the morning and afternoon sessions. Children can be signed up for one or both workshops in a single day. Find out more ...


Saturday Children's Workshops
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Different workshops are offered in the morning and afternoon sessions. Children can be signed up for one or both workshops in a single day. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Watercolor Experiments
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Friday, September 20, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: David Clelland

A beginner's watercolor workshop. A 6x8 water color pad will be provided and by the end, students will have finished two paintings. Find out more ...


Art and Wine Festival
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, September 28, 2013 - Sunday, September 29, 2013, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

 

Join us for the 14th Annual Art and Wine Festival on the grounds of Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center, Rend Lake. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Painting in Pure Pigment: Introduction to Pastels
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Sunday, October 13, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Tracey Maras

In this two day seminar Tracey will teach techniques for using dry pastels. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Flipping Your Scraps II
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Sherrie Grob

Our First class was so successful we are offering a second, more challenging workshop. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Machine Stitching Surface Design with Karen Linduska
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Karen Linduska

In this fun and easy class students will learn how to use their sewing machine to create surface design. Find out more ...


Adult Workshop: Beginning to Intermediate Watercolor
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Lynn Reznick

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


Artist Demonstration: Nancy Pace - Beaded Jewelry
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Friday, November 29, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pace is a folk artist with a make-do-spirit. She will keep your attention as she uses wire and stones like a paintbrush on canvas to create beautiful pieces of jewelry from found objects.
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Holiday Open House
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Friday, November 29, 2013 - Sunday, December 01, 2013, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Rethink your holiday shopping, purchase local gifts made in Illinois. Drop in all weekend for a daily artisan demonstration and refreshments. Find out more ...


Artist Demonstration: Wheat Elder - Oil Painting
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The subjects of Elder's oil paintings are simple, everyday things which create a home. Her still life work imparts an appreciation for the texture of a pumpkin or the play of light on a cream pitcher, evoking feelings of peace, comfort, and rest.
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Artist Demonstration: Tracey Maras - Pastels
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Sunday, December 01, 2013, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Maras' dry pastel technique crosses a bridge between drawing and painting. Her soft touch reveals pastel landscapes in which viewers find themselves a part of her world.
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Artisans Gallery Exhibition: Expressions in Fiber & Clay
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Sunday, March 09, 2014 - Sunday, June 01, 2014, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Contemporary art quilts by 16 Illinois Artisans. The exhibition celebrates the abstract use of fabric, exploring themes such as the seasons, power and joy. Find out more ...


Advanced China Painting Workshop by Charlene Whitler
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - Thursday, April 10, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Advanced China Painters return with this years subject: trumpet vines and hummingbirds on a serving tray.
Tuition $125, some supplies included, minimum of 6.

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


Artisan Demonstration: Kathy Sands - Fabric Dyeing
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sands' expertise is surface design and textile art on silk.

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Parade of Quilts Open House
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Each year the Artisans Center presents four days of events to honor traditional and contemporary fiber arts during the Artisan Gallery Quilt Exhibition. Find out more ...


Artisan Demonstration: Kay Wiggins - Basket Weaving
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wiggins weaves using a variety of techniques natural materials.

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Artisan Demonstration: Bill See - Bead Embroidery
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Friday, April 25, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

See will demonstrate bead embroidery and weaving in his one of a kind jewelry.

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Artisan Demonstration: Brenda Tripp - Tatting
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tripp is an expert in the lost art of tatting, a traditional lace making technique.

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Adult Workshop: Beginner: Watercolor Experiments with David Clelland
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Learn the basics of watercolor and also experimental ways to use the media. Bring a basic set of watercolor paints. Find out more ...


Beginner: Basket Weaving with Kay Wiggins
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

"The Beginner Basket Making class will also be held: Wednesday, July 16 or Wednesday, September 10"

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


Artisan Demonstration: Nina Peacock - Miniature Gourd Art
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Peacock will be designing and painting Japanese figures onto miniature gourds.

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Artisan Demonstration: Nathan Bennett - Wood Carving
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Sunday, May 25, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Bennett is a carver of realistic waterfowl and other birds.

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Artisan Demonstration: Kris Killman - Watercolor
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Monday, May 26, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Killman is a watercolorist who uses nature as his subject matter.

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Adult Workshop: Beginner/Intermediate: Painting in Pure Pigment: Introduction to Pastels with Tracey Maras
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Sunday, June 01, 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 ...


Artisans Gallery Exhibition: Playful Notions: Experiments in Mixed Media
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Playful Notions is an exhibit that brings together 5 artisans who work using alternative materials and innovative techniques. Find out more ...


Intermediate: Basket Weaving with Kay Wiggins
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

"The Intermediate Basket Making class will also be held: Wednesday, August 13"

A workshop designed for students with some experience. Find out more ...


Beginner: Basket Weaving with Kay Wiggins
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

"The Beginner Basket Making class will also be held: Wednesday, September 10"

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


Intermediate: Basket Weaving with Kay Wiggins
Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

A workshop designed for students with some experience. Learn a variety of basket weaving techniques using new materials. Find out more ...


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 ...


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