January 25, 2005
Posted online January 29, 2006
Museum offers rich showcase of
By Tim Crosby
|Beautiful bedding –
Hand-tufted coverlets, such as this one, were made by talented
artisans during the Great Depression and became a staple of
Southern textiles, eventually spreading throughout the country. A
collection of these items is on display at the University Museum
at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Works of art celebrating fine painting,
women artists, life on the river, motorcycles, stone
architecture, photographs and much more will grace the halls of
Southern Illinois University Carbondale's University Museum
Now in its 131st year and located on the ground floor at Faner
Hall, new exhibits on display are recent works by Michael Onken
in the Mitchell Gallery and "Hand-Tufted Coverlet,"
curated by Sandra Mahs and Herb Meyer, in the South One
Also, "They Eye of the Beholder," curated by Bob
DeHoet, is on display in the Hall of Art Gallery. The exhibit
consists of sculptures that are responses to modern sculpture in
the museum's permanent collection.
Dona Bachman, director of the University Museum, said the
exhibits scheduled for the next few months are a rich showcase.
The season gets off to a great start with paintings by Onken, a
longtime Carbondale artist who has traveled the world.
"He's a major talent," Bachman said. "Some
of his watercolors we'll be showing really reflect the time
he spent in Scotland and his paintings on ceramics show the
influence from his time in Japan."
The "Hand-Tufted Coverlets" exhibit illustrates a
lesser-known chapter of the Great Depression, Bachman said. The
items, used as bed spreads, were a staple of the South, where the
craft eventually spawned a thriving textile industry.
"It's a very unusual exhibit and one that involved a
lot of research to bring it to the public," Bachman said.
"It shows how people used their talent to survive the
Depression and feed their families."
A complete listing of exhibits and artist receptions scheduled
for the spring semester follows:
• Now– Feb.12, Mitchell Gallery: Michael Onken:
"Recent Works. "
• Now – Feb. 26, South One Gallery:
"Hand-Tufted Coverlets," curated by Sandra Mahs and
• Now – June, Hall of Art Gallery: "The Eye Of
The Beholder: Visitors' Responses to Modern Sculpture in the
Museum's Permanent Collection," curated by Bob DeHoet.
Sculptors included in this exhibit are: Aldon Addington, Red
Grooms, Richard Hunt, Brent Kington, David Smith, Richard
Stankiewicz, Ernest Trova, Nicholas Vergette and Tom Walsh.
Community and University responders included Sarah Capps, Teresa
Fix, Sally Gradle, Gayle Klam, S.J. Kozak-Budd, Marianne Lather,
Shirley Clay Scott, Blanche Sloan, Fred Sloan and Katlin
• Feb. 1-April 14, South Two Gallery: "Celebration
of Women Artists In Fiber & Clay" curated by Lori
Huffman. The exhibit will feature local artists Karen Fiorino,
Judy Groskind, Anita Hayden, Karen Linduska, Amy Naas and Darby
• Feb. 10: A reception for Mahs and Meyer of
"Hand-Tufted Coverlets" and for artists involved in
"Celebration of Women Artists In Fiber & Clay" is
set for 4 to 7 p.m. at the museum.
• Feb. 17-March 10: Mitchell Gallery: Daniel Overturf,
"The Illinois River."
• March 1: A reception for James Warfield is set for 7 to
9 p.m. at the museum.
• March 3-March 31, South One Gallery: "James
Warfield's Stone Poems," sponsored by the School of
• March 11-19: Museum closed for spring break.
• March 20-April 14, Southern Illinois Gallery:
"Illinois' Southern Shore." Text by Jane Adams and
photographs by D. Gorton. Sponsored, in part, through a grant to
the University Museum from the Illinois Humanities Council.
• A celebration of women's scholarship programs. Time
and place to be announced.
• March 26: A reception and talk by Adams, of
"Illinois'Southern Shore," is set for 2 to 4 p.m.
at the museum.
• April 4-15, Atrium Gallery: "Theater Designs:
Mordechai Gorelik & Darwin Reid Payne." Coordinated by
Ron Naversen and sponsored by the Department of Theater on the
40th anniversary of McLeod Theater.
• April 17-21, South Two Gallery: "Inspirations From
The Forest," an exhibit from the Smithsonian Center For
Folklife & Cultural Heritage. Coordinated by Pat York
• April 18-May 13, Southern Illinois Gallery:
"Matthew Clay Robison: Irish Woodcuts." Sponsored by
the Irish Festival.
•April 3-28, South One Gallery: "Thumpers & Thunder:
The Story of Motorcycles in Southern Illinois." Curated By
Larry Busch and Nate Steinbrink.
• April 22: A reception for Busch and Steinbrink is set
for 2 to 4 p.m., at the museum.
• April 28: A reception for the Rickert-Ziebold Trust
winners is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the museum.
• May 24-June 12, South Two Gallery: "5,199 Miles
Journey: Korean Art Glass." Coordinated by Jiyong Lee,
School of Art & design. Coordinating and expanding major
cultural outreach programs is among the goals of Southern at 150:
Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the
University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in