Press Room -- Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Illinois State Museum
Illuminating Luminous Ground Series
Meet the Curator: Douglas Stapleton
Thursday, November 1, 2012, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
2nd Floor Gallery
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Museum will present a “Meet the Curator” program at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st. Douglas Stapleton—co-curator of the current exhibition Luminous Ground: Artists with Histories
—will provide an insider’s account of how the exhibition developed, the process of getting to know the artists, as well as discussing the art work chosen for the exhibition. He will also screen an award-winning documentary short on exhibition artist Vera Klement called: “Blunt Edge: The Making of a Painter.” Mr. Stapleton is Curator at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
Stapleton co-organized this exhibition that brought together 11 Chicago area artists who have had extensive careers and continue to produce some of their greatest works into their eighties. Luminous Ground: Artists with Histories offers a kaleidoscopic panorama of these diverse Illinois artists who share three important similarities: 1) the creation of life-long bodies of work of the highest caliber; 2) the influencing of multiple artists across generations, not only by their art, but through teaching and community involvement; and, 3) 50- to 60-plus year careers. Luminous Ground explores the sources of inspiration for these artists who, by gifts of longevity and introspection, have created enlightened bodies of work that are radiant, insightful, and life-affirming. While acknowledging the difficulties of old age, the exhibition suggests that the pursuit and exploration of creativity might be the closest that mortals can come to partaking of the “Fountain of Youth.”
This program is funded in part by a Community Arts Access Grant from the Springfield Area Arts Council. The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois’ natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 S. Spring St. (on the corner of Spring and Edwards Streets) in Springfield and is open from 8:30 - 5:00 Monday through Saturday and from 12:00 - 5:00 on Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby and the building is ADA accessible.