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Art Exhibits and Events

  ISM System Exhibits: Art   

Anthropology Exhibit
These case exhibits focus on archaeological and ethnographic topics and artifacts such as Native American pottery, basketry, weavings, weapons, and tools. Find out more ...



At Home in the Heartland
Listen to the stories of real people who lived in Illinois. Immerse yourself in the dramatic changes in household life over the past 300 years. Find out more ...



Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions -- Opening April 28, 2015

Barbara Aubin / collage, mixed media and prints
Guy Benson
/ paintings and drawings
Julia Haw
/ paintings and drawings
Thom Whalen
/ paintings, prints and sculpture

Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions is an ongoing program that highlights work by accomplished artists in four separate exhibits. Find out more ...

Please note that exhibit dates are subject to change.
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Footprints Through Time: Artists Inspired by History -- March 02, 2015 to July 10, 2015

Today's environmentalists urge the current generation of humans to live sustainably and work for the benefit of future generations. However, prior to modern scientists developing the "carbon footprints" concept, indigenous peoples embraced the concept of the interconnectivity of all people and nature.

Footprints Through Time: Artists Inspired by History exhibition tells stories that broadly communicate the cultural and environmental landscape of Illinois today and in the past. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the ISM Chicago Gallery from March 02, 2015 to July 10, 2015

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Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art -- March 08, 2015 to September 13, 2015

This exhibition explores the various ways artists choose to combine language in their visual art. Works by emerging and mid-career artists from throughout the state of Illinois are featured alongside select works drawn from the Illinois State Museum Fine Art Collection. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield from March 08, 2015 to September 13, 2015

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Sketches, Journals, Preparations. . .Everything in Place -- Opening April 08, 2015

Sketches, journals, preparations. . .Everything in Place focuses on the preparatory materials kept “at hand” which both inspire and document the creative process. These materials are the quick doodles, working sketches, studies, maps, diagrams and drawings rendered in preparation for a specific work of art. Find out more ...

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temporary | PERMANENT Gallery: Remembering Lincoln -- February 01, 2015 to May 17, 2015

The iconic image of Abraham Lincoln appears in various forms among the collections of the Illinois State Museum. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln and his funeral in Springfield, this exhibition will feature rarely seen objects that honor the memory of our 16th president. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the Illinois State Museum, Springfield from February 01, 2015 to May 17, 2015

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The Art of Description -- January 01, 2015 to April 03, 2015

The Art of Description addresses how artists report the sensory phenomena of the world from a distinctive vantage point, evoking a sense of presence or atmosphere beyond information. Find out more ...

Currently on exhibit at the ISM Lockport Gallery from January 01, 2015 to April 03, 2015

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The Art of Description -- Opening October 04, 2015

The Art of Description addresses how artists report the sensory phenomena of the world from a distinctive vantage point, evoking a sense of presence or atmosphere beyond information. Find out more ...

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The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum
The Play Museum is a free children's area at the Illinois State Museum-Springfield. Hours are Monday-Saturday (9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.). Find out more ...



  ISM System Events: Art   

Text Talks
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

JOIN US AT THE ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM FOR TEXT-TALKS!

Text Talks is a three-part series of gallery discussions by nine artists exhibited in Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art. Find out more ...


Text Talks
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

JOIN US AT THE ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM FOR TEXT-TALKS!

Text Talks is a three-part series of gallery discussions by nine artists exhibited in Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art. Find out more ...


Super Saturdays at the Museum: Art Speaks!
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, May 09, 2015, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

For centuries artists have combined text and art to convey stories. Find out more ...


Modern Pop Art Experience with Michael Albert
Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Sunday, June 21, 2015, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate Father’s Day and make an amazing work of art from cereal boxes! New York artist and author Michael Albert will visit the Museum to provide a cereal box collage workshop for families. Find out more ...


Dancing for My Tribe: Photographs by Sharon Hoogstraten
ISM Chicago Gallery
Monday, April 20, 2015 - Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

ISM Chicago Gallery Special Exhibition in Atrium

As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Sharon is creating a permanent record of Potawatomi Indians wearing their regalia, and how these modern-day people are preserving the traditional dress of their ancestors. Find out more ...


ICONOCLASTS: Native Art of a Non-Native Nature
ISM Chicago Gallery
Monday, March 30, 2015 - Friday, April 03, 2015, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

ISM Chicago Gallery Special Exhibition in Atrium

March 30 - April 3, 2015, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

The ISM Chicago Gallery in collaboration with the Native American Curators Ernest M. Find out more ...


Please note that event dates are subject to change.
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