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From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois

University Libraries and the Western Illinois Museum are hosting a traveling panel exhibit with events for fall 2013. The events will take place at Leslie F. Malpass Library or the Western Illinois Museum. The exhibit will be on view from September 11th to November 21st during the libraries and museums regular hours.

The panel exhibit, titled, Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois, is curated by Lisa Rathje and Clark “Bucky” Halker of the Chicago based non-profit, Company of Folk. It thoughtfully integrates the arts and stories of Illinois to create a visually engaging and educational perspective on the state’s cultural heritage. The ten panels designed by Lance Tawzer of AngryPop Designs, tell the stories of artists, and feature art forms representing a wide variety of traditions such as duck decoy carving, Irish fiddle, Mexican murals, and African American Quilts. Every artist is part of a larger tradition, and their stories prompt the question, What will I pass along? A complete description of the panel exhibit can be found at http://www.companyoffolk.org/illinois-folklife/traveling-exhibition/.

The exhibit advisory council provided invaluable insight at the outset of the project and continues to inform on-going touring and programming work: Company of Folk board members Barry Dolins, Ann Oleinik, Ryan Lewis, and Jackie McGrath; Traditional Arts Indiana Executive Director Jon Kay; and others from throughout the state of Illinois, including: Bill Singerman, Yahvi Pichardo, Jennifer Kirker, Kay Rippelmeyer, Susan Dickson, Susan Twomy, and Sue Scott.

Dee Kruzan will present, “The Art of Making Turkey Calls” on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Western Illinois Museum, located at 201 South Lafayette Street, one block south of Macomb’s Courthouse Square. The presentation is free and open to the public. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the museum is free; donations appreciated. For more information visit the museum’s web site at http://www.westernillinoismuseum.org or contact the museum at 309.837.2750.

The University Library is located on Western Illinois University’s Macomb campus on Western Avenue.

From Generation to Generation: Folk Arts of Illinois was produced by Company of Folk with partial support by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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