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A Rural Lens: Photographs of Frank Sadorus
Self-taught photographer Frank Sadorus (1880-1934) captured on glass plate negatives the seemingly idyllic existence of a central Illinois farm family. His photography came to an end with the sale of the family farm and his subsequent commitment to an asylum in 1917. With the growth of industrialization, another type of life slips away. In celebration of the International Year of Family Farming, the Illinois State Museum is pleased to present a selection of photographs by Frank Sadorus that documents early 20th century family farm life in east central Illinois.

This exhibit will be featured in the newly renovated, 2nd floor temporary|PERMANENT Gallery. The space boasts wood floors and a sleek, contemporary finish – beautifully showcasing artwork from the ISM’s dynamic and continuously expanding permanent collection.

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The Illinois State Museum’s collection of fine and decorative arts is a dynamic and continuously expanding enterprise. The Museum primarily grows its holdings through generous gifts by donors. These additions come from individuals, artists, private collectors, and foundations who acknowledge and respect the Illinois State Museum’s mission to collect, protect, preserve, interpret, and share the treasures of Illinois’ cultural history.

The temporary|PERMANENT gallery on the second floor is devoted to sharing the riches held in the Illinois State Museum Collection and the associated research generated by our curatorial staff. The space is designed to provide the public with outstanding examples of fine and decorative arts associated with Illinois. Here you will encounter a series of temporary exhibitions representing a broad variety of treasures from our PERMANENT collection that change approximately every three months.

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