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On & Of Paper: Selections from the Illinois State Museum Collections - ISM Museums and Galleries

  Exhibits at ISM Museums and Galleries   

All our exibitions are organized and developed by our curatorial staff and participation in an exhibition is by invitation of the curators. We are happy to consider your work or your exhibition proposal if you are an artist that resides in the state of Illinois, or your proposal has a connection with Illinois history. Proposals should be sent to:

Fine Art Curators
Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery
James R. Thompson Center, Suite 2-100
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

  On & Of Paper: Selections from the Illinois State Museum Collections   

On & Of Paper: Selections from the Illinois State Museum Collections

Paper, with its various weights, surfaces, and grades, has for centuries served as a versatile and readily available material for the artist.  Paper is a core element, whether it be folded, molded, painted, torn, glued, or otherwise altered to create the finished piece.  Paper serves as a support; its texture, weave, and color contribute significantly to the final image.  Paper plays a critical role in the creative process, too, offering a surface on which to sketch and test. It is not surprising, thus, that artists would turn to paper again and again. 

The works in this exhibition vary by era of creation, method of production, purpose, artist, and subject, yet they are linked by a single feature: paper.  Every object is either ON paper (prints, drawings, photographs) or OF paper (constructions, papier mâche, collages, book projects) expanding the scope of this portion of the museum’s collections from works “on” paper to works “on and of” paper.   This exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to view a number of works in a variety of media that have come into the museum’s collections, including rarely seen objects and new acquisitions.

The exhibition runs from October 18, 2010 through March 11, 2011. Click here to press release for additional information about the exhibit. 


Learn about other exhibitions currently at the ISM Museums and Galleries.


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