EIU arts center hosting gallery talk, lecture

EIU arts center hosting gallery talk, lecture

CHARLESTON — The Tarble Arts Center will host an exhibition gallery talk and lecture this week in connection with the exhibit "Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections through Art and Artifacts."

Historian Thomas J. Brown will give a lecture titled "The Steampunk Civil War" at 7 p.m. Monday at Tarble. Brown is an associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina and author and editor of numerous books about the Civil War.

The gallery talk at 1 p.m. Wednesday will be about select artworks and artifacts from the exhibit, followed by a tour of the exhibit.

Eastern Illinois University's Historical Administration Graduate Program class curated the exhibition as part of a yearlong practicum project. Grad student Wade Ellett ,in cooperation with the EIU Academy of Lifetime Learning and the EIU History Department, will give the talk.

"Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier" incorporates art and artifacts on loan from museums and collections across the state, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the Illinois State Military Museum, the Chicago History Museum, the Bishop Hill State Historic Site and several private collectors.

The exhibition, on view through July 7 in Tarble's eGallery, presents illustrations, photographs, paintings and other artifacts. Admission to it and the events is free.

For more information, call Tarble at 581-2787 or tarble@eiu.edu. Tarble hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. It is closed Mondays. The Tarble is at 2010 Ninth St., Charleston. Admission and visitor parking are free.