University Galleries of Illinois State University is pleased to present All Hearts Beneath the Sun from July 24 through September 17, 2023. One gallery opens on July 24 for concurrent viewing with Phillip Chen’s solo exhibition. The entirety of the exhibition is on view beginning on August 18. The exhibition and events are free and open to the public.
To celebrate University Galleries’ 50th anniversary, the first exhibition of the 2023-2024 academic year features selected works from the permanent collection. These prints, sculptures, textiles, photographs, paintings, drawings, and a film demonstrate University Galleries’ commitment to supporting students, alumni, and exhibiting artists through acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, partnerships, and publications. The exhibition labels not only feature information about each of the artworks on view, but also stories about each artist’s history with University Galleries.
The exhibition title is excerpted from the title of a lithograph made by artist Bethany Collins at Normal Editions Workshop in conjunction with her solo exhibition at University Galleries; the collaborative project was one of many partnerships between the two university units. All Hearts Beneath the Sun, a phrase quoted by Collins from a poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., serves as the exhibition title to acknowledge both a sense of community surrounding University Galleries’ exhibitions and the passage of time indicated by an anniversary.
Artists: Terry Adkins (M.S. 1977), Nicole Arnold (M.F.A. 2022), Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng (M.F.A. 2022), Bethany Collins, william cordova, Amy Cousins, Jane Dickson, David Driskell, Jeanne Dunning, Fidencio Fifield-Perez, Dianna Frid, Aram Han Sifuentes, Erin Hayden (B.F.A. 2013), Wonsook Kim (B.F.A. 1975, M.A. 1976, M.F.A. 1978, Honorary Doctorate 2019), Tim Kowalczyk (M.F.A. 2011), Jason Lazarus, Nazafarin Lotfi, Cecil McDonald Jr., Melanie Manchot, Camila Marianela (B.F.A. 2019), Miller & Shellabarger (Dutes Miller, B.F.A. 1991; Stan Shellabarger, B.F.A. 1991), Beatrix Reinhardt (M.F.A. 2001), Carrie Schneider, Walter Robinson, Erin Washington, David Wojnarowicz, and Rana Young.
All Hearts Beneath the Sun is the focus of multiple programs. Dianna Frid and Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng will give public artist lectures and meet with students. University Galleries’ staff will lead art-making workshops for ISU students, families, K-12 students, and community members. Augmented reality experiences, sensory-friendly hours, stroller tours, and scavenger hunts are available. Free virtual and in-person curator-led tours are available by appointment.
All Hearts Beneath the Sun is organized by Kendra Paitz, University Galleries’ director and chief curator. Dianna Frid’s lecture is supported by University Galleries’ grant from the Alice and Fannie Fell Trust. Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng’s lecture is supported by the Harold K. Sage Foundation, Illinois State University Foundation Fund, and Students’ Independent League in Ceramic Arts (SILICA). Workshops and field trip reimbursements are supported by the Lori Baum and Aaron Henkelman University Galleries Community Fund.
Events and Programming
Saturday, August 19, from noon to 2:00 p.m.
All-ages artmaking workshop inspired by Nazafarin Lotfi ’s artwork. Materials and instruction provided by University Galleries’ staff. No registration required. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, August 23, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Artist lecture by Dianna Frid , followed by a reception co-organized with the Wonsook Kim School of Art. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, August 26, from noon to 2:00 p.m.
All-ages artmaking workshop inspired by Dianna Frid’s artwork. Materials and instruction provided by University Galleries’ staff. No registration required. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, August 30, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at 210 N. Main Street (Ceramics Studio)
Artist demonstration by Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, August 31 at noon
Artist lecture by Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng . Free and open to the public.
Saturday, September 9, from noon to 2:00 p.m.
All-ages artmaking workshop inspired by Japheth Asiedu-Kwarteng’s artwork. Materials and instruction provided by University Galleries’ staff. No registration required. Free and open to the public.
Friday, September 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
For ISU students: Banner-making workshop inspired by Aram Han Sifuentes ’s work. Materials and instruction provided by University Galleries’ staff. Free. Registration required . Registration will close once capacity is reached.
Saturday, September 16, from noon to 2:00 p.m.
All-ages banner-making workshop inspired by Aram Han Sifuentes’s work. Materials and instruction provided by University Galleries’ staff. No registration required. Free and open to the public.
Field trip program, curator-led tours, and workshops available by appointment throughout the exhibition. Reimbursements are available for K-12 schools or community organizations to offset the costs of transportation. Please contact University Galleries at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 438-5487 to schedule an appointment.
University Galleries, a unit in the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, is located at 11 Uptown Circle, Suite 103, at the corner of Beaufort and Broadway streets. Parking is available in the Uptown Station parking deck located directly above University Galleries—the first hour is free, as well as any time after 5:01 p.m.
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