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  Events, ISM Springfield   

Paul Mickey Science Series: Archaeology at the Jameson Jenkins Lot in the Lincoln Home Neighborhood, Springfield, Illinois
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Dennis Naglich, Illinois State Museum, Claire Fuller Martin, Illinois State Museum, and Dale Phillips, Lincoln Home National Historic Site

The Jameson Jenkins lot is included within the Lincoln Home National Historic Site National Register District and has been listed with the National Park Service Network to Freedom. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: "Volcanoes, Seed Ferns, and Leper Colonies: A Tour of Hawai'i and Moloka'i"
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Eric C. Grimm, Curator and Chair of Botany, Illinois State Museum
Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Are We There Yet? Migrating Monarchs
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Every fall, monarch butterflies fly thousands of miles to spend the winter in the forests of Mexico. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: A Farm, a Fort, and an Island: Recent Activities in Zooarchaeology
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Terrance J. Martin, Curator of Anthropology, Illinois State Museum

This presentation will discuss recent activities involving zooarchaeological research at the ISM including the ongoing analysis of the Upper Mississippian Hoxie Farm site south of Chicago, participation in the Fort St. Find out more ...


Kids' Night Out: American Indian Harvest
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, September 20, 2013, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Fall is a time for harvest. Learn about the foods that Illinois’ American Indians harvested hundreds of years ago and how they compare to the foods we grow and eat today. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: The Discovery of Dawn Redwood, a Living Fossil from the Age of Dinosaurs
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

The discovery of Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), which is a living fossil from the age of dinosaurs, has been considered one of the greatest botanical discoveries in the twentieth century. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: How Women Won the Civil War
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, October 02, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Laura Reyman, President, Soldiers' Aid Society [Affiliated with the 114th Infantry Regiment Illinois Volunteers (Reactivated)]
Find out more ...


"Figurism" Opening Reception
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thursday, October 03, 2013, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Members of the Illinois State Museum Society are invited to a special reception celebrating the opening of Figurism. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: "I'll Have the High Fiber Special Please, with Some Bone on the Side"
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Jeffrey J. Saunders, Curator of Geology, Illinois State Museum

This illustrated presentation is a brief survey of trace fossils known as coprolites (fossil poop) left behind by large mammals of the Pleistocene, primarily herbivores, and examines what might be learned from their study. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Untangling the Piasa's Tale: A Revised Interpretation
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Dr. Duane Esarey, Illinois State Archaeological Survey

Lost accounts and contradictory details have made painted images on the rock bluff at Alton, Illinois an enduring source of mystery. Find out more ...


Figuratively Speaking Series: Preston Jackson, sculptor
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Jackson will discuss his role as head of the figurative area at the School of the Art Institute, and how he has used the human form and his African American heritage as subject in his art. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Rockin' Minerals
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bring the whole family to Super Saturdays at the State Museum! Super Saturdays are held the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11am-3pm and offer free, thematic activities recommended for children ages 3-8. Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, October 14, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us the second Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. for a new program designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: The Harp: An Introduction and History
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Erich Schroeder, Illinois State Mueum, and Maureen Douglas

Find out more ...


National Fossil Day
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Museum is partnering with the National Park Service for the 4th annual National Fossil Day. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Building the Bridge: The Collaborative Art of Mike Miller and Brian Gillis
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Michael James Miller, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing, University of Illinois Springfield

Mike Miller will discuss his approach to creative collaboration as a visual artist. Find out more ...


People Watching Gallery Talk
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Museum Society Members Only

Don't miss this gallery talk with Figurism curator Douglas Stapleton. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Global Diversity of Freshwater Mussels: The Mussel Project: 11 Years and Counting
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Kevin S. Cummings, Illinois Natural History Survey

"MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE ONE MOLLUSK AT A TIME"

The MUSSEL Project (*MUSSELp*, for short) is an on-going study aimed at
the global revision of the classification of the Unionoida, otherwise
known as freshwater mussels. Find out more ...


Downtown Springfield First Friday Events
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, November 01, 2013, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The ISM-Springfield is pleased to participate in Downtown Springfield First Friday events on November 1. Find out more ...


Collector's Day
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, November 02, 2013, 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 ...


Brownbag Lectures: Recent applications of 3D technology at the Illinois State Museum: Printing, Pathology, and beyond...
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, November 06, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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

3D replication is not new to museums; however, current innovations in 3D technology allow us to tackle many new applications. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Ancient American Art
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, November 09, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, the Illinois State Museum’s November “Ancient American Art” Super Saturday will celebrate the art of America’s First Peoples. Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, November 11, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us the second Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. for a new program designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: "Snakes of Illinois"
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Meredith J. Mahoney, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Zoology, Illinois State Museum

Dr. Mahoney will talk about the diversity of snake species in Illinois with information on their biology and natural history.

 

Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Recent Research and Preservation Efforts at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by William R. Iseminger, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

This presentation will discuss the prehistoric site of Cahokia Mounds and a number of recent research projects that have been taking place over the last decade, including excavations on the North Palisade, Mound 34, Feature X, Tract 15-B, Rattlesnake Mound and Causeway, and various remote sensing projects across the site.

Find out more ...


Figuratively Speaking Series: Judith Raphael, painter
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Raphael will discuss her use of the figure over her career and touch on other artists she admires who are using the figure in contemporary art.

This series will present three one-hour gallery discussions on contemporary use of the human form in art with three top Illinois artists from the Figurism exhibition. Find out more ...


Biodiversity Live! Family Program
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Illinois is home to an abundance of wildlife. Learn about the plants and animals that call Illinois home and the delicate balance that supports our State's diversity. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: 2013 State of the Museum
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Michael Wiant, Director of Dickson Mounds Museum

Dr. Wiant will talk about research, exhibits, education, and collections at Dickson Mounds Museum.

Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: MORE IS MORE: Victorian Fancy Work and Household Elegancies
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Jim Zimmer, Director for Art and History, Illinois State Museum

In the last half of the 19th century, “proper” American homes became showrooms for hand-made ornamental objects that by today’s standards of interior decoration are curious, foreign and obsessive.  Portieres, lambrequins and antimacassars were commonplace in parlors, and objects made from feathers, seeds and even human hair garnered admiration.  Jim Zimmer delves into this period by examining the underlying causes and influences for the proliferation of American “home arts” and shares the diverse manifestation of Victorian fancywork and household elegancies.

Find out more ...


Kids' Night Out: Colors of Winter
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, December 06, 2013, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

This program has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Find out more ...


Downtown Springfield First Friday Events
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Friday, December 06, 2013, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The ISM-Springfield is pleased to participate in Downtown Springfield’s First Friday events on Dec. Find out more ...


Story Time at the Museum
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Monday, December 09, 2013, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Join us the second Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. for a new program designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: The Secret Lives of Paleoindians: Early Social and Ritual Systems in the Western Great Lakes
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Thomas J. Loebel, Ph.D., St. Xavier University, Chicago

Early Paleoindians in North America (circa 12,000 years ago) are understood as having one of the most highly stereotyped archaeological cultures. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Conservation and Cave Ecology
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Steven J. Taylor, Ph.D., Macroinvertebrate Biologist, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois-Urbana

Dr. Find out more ...


Figuratively Speaking Series: Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, painter
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Spiess-Ferris will talk about the symbolism and surrealism in her figurative collages and paintings.

This series will present three one-hour gallery discussions on contemporary use of the human form in art with three top Illinois artists from the Figurism exhibition. Find out more ...


Handmade for the Holidays Art Spree
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Still need to make that holiday shopping spree? This year, go on an Art Spree!

When:
Saturday, Dec. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Winter Craft Day
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Illinois State Museum invites families to come make winter-themed art at this month’s Super Saturday, Winter Craft Day, on December 14th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.  These crafts could make great gifts or decorations, but most importantly they will be a lot of fun to create! Find out more ...


Handmade for the Holidays Art Spree
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Still need to make that holiday shopping spree? This year, go on an Art Spree!

When:
Saturday, Dec. Find out more ...


Paul Mickey Science Series: Camels, Carnivores, and Old Collections: Recent Adventures in Iowa Paleontology
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, January 08, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

The fossil record of Illinois and Iowa is forever intertwined. Find out more ...


Brownbag Lectures: Five Decades at the Scrape: Observations on Variation in Whitetail Deer Breeding Patterns in Illinois
ISM Research & Collections Center
Wednesday, January 08, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Presented by Alan D. Harn, Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds

Despite America's long held fascination with the whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus), rarely has there been an opportunity to carry out a study focusing on one aspect of whitetail behavior over a period of five decades in one location. 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   

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 ...


First Nations Film and Video Festival
ISM Chicago Gallery
Friday, May 02, 2014, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The ISM Chicago Gallery presents a special program.
The First Nations Film and Video Festival, 2014 Program Schedule
Friday, May 2, 2014

Free and open to the public.

11am: Introduction from FNFVF Director
7 short films by Native American filmmakers

Feature Film
1:00 pm "The Cherokee Word for Water", Film by Charlie Soap
Charlie Soap was Wilma Mankiller's husband and community development partner for more than 30 years, and a leader in the Bell Waterline project that inspired the film.

Soap and Mankiller worked to bring water to the rural, primarily, Cherokee community of Bell, OK. Find out more ...


Mother's Day Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - Friday, May 09, 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 ...


Gallery Talk: Barbara Aubin with curator Jane Stevens
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Barbara Aubin with curator Jane Stevens will present a Gallery Talk for the exhibition Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions.

Barbara Aubin (Chicago IL) has created incredibly complex and beautiful visual landscapes for over four decades. Find out more ...


June Feature: Chris Main
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Sunday, June 01, 2014 - Monday, June 30, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"Jewels of the Prairie State" by Chris Main. A longtime resident of Southern Illinois, Chris Main is a conservationist and photographer who focuses on the beauty found right here in Illinois. Find out more ...


Father's Day Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Friday, June 13, 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 ...


Dennis Downes: Native American Trail Marker Trees Photographs
ISM Chicago Gallery
Monday, June 16, 2014 - Friday, June 20, 2014, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery presents a special exhibit in the Atrium of the James R. Find out more ...


Gallery Talk: Julia Haw with curator John Lustig
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Wednesday, June 18th at Noon
Free to the public

Please join us for an informal conversation with JULIA HAW (Chicago, IL), one of our current Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions artists, and Illinois State Museum's Lockport Gallery Director John Lustig.

Julia's object based and figurative paintings and drawings are confrontations with the self, the psyche and the audience. Find out more ...


July Feature: Ausrine Kerr
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"Fiber in Bloom" by Ausrine Kerr. Find out more ...


Gallery Talk: Guy Benson with curator Doug Stapleton
ISM Chicago Gallery
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Guy Benson with curator Doug Stapleton will present a Gallery Talk for the exhibition Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions.

Guy Benson (Evanston IL) paints symbols and shapes in ordered patterns that banter in a conspiracy between precise rendering and visual riot. Find out more ...


Jewelry & Fashion Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Friday, July 18, 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 ...


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 ...


Audrey Ushenko: An Artist at Work
ISM Chicago Gallery
Monday, August 04, 2014 - Friday, August 08, 2014, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Chicago artist, Audrey Ushenko, will be demonstrating her painting techniques in the James R. Thompson Building Atrium.
This is the third and final phase of her interactive project.
 
Over the past two years, Audrey Ushenko has been sketching the building and documenting the people who go through the building each day. Find out more ...


Fine Craft Art Spree
Illinois Artisans, Chicago
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Friday, August 15, 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 ...


ISM Chicago Gallery Special Exhibition in Atrium: Chicago Photography Center Images
ISM Chicago Gallery
Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The ISM Chicago Gallery in collaboration with the Chicago Photography Center presents work by CPS instructors, students, and professional photographers.

The Chicago Photography Center is a not-for-profit organization which fosters a broad community of photographers who practice and appreciate the art of photography. 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 ...


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

  Events, Dickson Mounds   

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 ...


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, February 05, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Due to severe weather and current road conditions the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) is cancelling their monthly meeting/lecture on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Dickson Mounds Museum.

Mr. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person: Animals in Winter
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, February 06, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. the Tots and their Big Person topic will be “Animals in Winter”.  Wildlife Prairie State Park will show live critters and talk about how they live in the winter.  Following the program, tots will enjoy hands-on crafts. 

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


Eagle Day Festival
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, February 08, 2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Activities include art and poetry competitions, crafts for kids, live raptor programs, and bird watching.  Sponsored by Dickson Mounds, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife Services, UIS Therkildsen Field Station, Illinois Natural History Survey, Fulton and Mason County Arts Councils, Havana and Lewistown Chambers, Havana Public Library District and Nature Center, and Emiquon Audubon. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Curtis and Loretta Return to Dickson Mounds
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Award winning folk duo Curtis and Loretta will return to the Hickory Ridge Concert Series this Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm for a captivating evening of finely honed vocal harmonies, abundant talent on an array of stringed instruments, deep traditional roots music and great originals.  Seventy-three strings and two voices deliver an enchanting evening of contemporary original songs, traditional Celtic ballads, old-time American songs, and more.

The glue that holds all this together is their magical harmonies, and their skill on a parade of stringed instruments, from Celtic harp and mandocello, to steel ukulele and kazoo, to mandolin, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. Find out more ...


Dickson Mounds Museum Hosts Educators Workshop
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum will be hosting an Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) workshop focusing on the resource trunks and Field Trip Packs that are for loan to educators statewide.  These teaching tools are loaded with hands-on, supplemental, Illinois-specific items that can make lessons come alive for students!  Preview all 10 resource trunks and the Field Trip Pack, too, including the new lessons specifically developed for meeting the Next Generation Science Standards.  Participants will have the opportunity to examine the trunks’ contents, to learn how they can be used in the classroom, and to take part in activities.  Educators will receive many additional curriculum resources.  The workshop is appropriate for teachers of grade Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. 

The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Weekend Knap-In
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, March 01, 2014 - Sunday, March 02, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum will host our first ever Weekend Knap-In Saturday and Sunday, March 1, 2, 2014 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  The public is welcome to view flint knapping demonstrations and ask questions about this ancient form of technology.  Participants may learn about the different techniques used by several craftsmen and see their stone tool creations.  Blades from the Mackinaw-Aldrich Cache discovered in 1916 near Mackinaw in Tazewell County will also be on display. Find out more ...


Artifact Identification Day
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Sunday, March 02, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum will host the 32nd Annual Artifact Identification Day on Sunday, March 2, 2014 between 10:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, March 05, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mr. Robert Mazrim, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, will present a lecture titled: Archaeological Reflections of the American Frontier in Illinois 1815-1840 at the Wednesday, March 5, 2014 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society. Find out more ...


Tots and their Big Person: Duck, Duck, Goose
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, March 06, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time topic will be Duck, Duck, Goose.  The Illinois Natural History Survey-Forbes Biological Station will show live birds and share information about each species.  Following the program, tots will enjoy hands-on crafts.

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


Museum Movie Matinee—The Indiana Jones Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, March 08, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a monthly Movie Matinee series featuring Indiana Jones.  On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., participants will enjoy complimentary popcorn and beverages while viewing “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.  This 1989 classic is the third movie in the Indiana Jones series and is set in 1938.  It depicts archaeologist Indiana Jones searching for his missing father, a Holy Grail scholar, who had been kidnapped by the Nazis.  Following the movie, participants may embark upon a non-competitive scavenger hunt through the Museum.     

This program is free and registration is not required.  Donations are welcomed.  Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more ...


Nature Exploration
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Dickson Mounds Museum presents Nature Exploration on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11 & 12, 2014 for kids ages 9-12 years old. Find out more ...


Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Andrew & Casey Calhoun
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Performing at the Saturday, March 15, 2014, Hickory Ridge Concert Series will be Andrew & Casey Calhoun. Find out more ...


Nature Exploration
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bugs, wetlands, trees, plants, mammals, birds, flowers, and more! Explore various aspects of nature in two days. Find out more ...


Bird Watching at Emiquon
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a bird watching opportunity at the Wetland Observatory at the Emiquon Preserve on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. Find out more ...


Illinois Valley Archaeological Society Lecture Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mr. Richard L. Fishel, Senior Research Archaeologist, Illinois State Archaeological Survey, will present a talk titled: “Recent Investigations at a Probable 1820s Potawatomi Winter Homestead along the Spoon River” at the Wednesday, April 2, 2014 meeting of the Illinois Valley Archaeological Society. Find out more ...


Tot Time: Fun for Tots & their Big People
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Thursday, April 03, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

At Dickson Mounds Museum on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time topic will be "From Garbage to Art." The program will emphasize the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling garbage. Find out more ...


Museum Movie Matinee—The Indiana Jones Series
ISM Dickson Mounds Museum
Saturday, April 05, 2014, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Enjoy the Indiana Jones movies once a month on a Saturday afternoon January-April in the Museum's auditorium. Find out more ...


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

  Events, ISM Lockport   

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.

Find out more ...


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.

Find out more ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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: 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.
Find out more ...


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.
Find out more ...


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.
Find out more ...


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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