A Tarble Arts Center exhibit titled “Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections through Art and Artifacts” will be on display through July 7 in the Tarble’s Gallery.
The current class of Eastern Illinois University’s historical administration graduate program curated the exhibition.
The exhibit incorporates art and artifacts on loan from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Illinois State Military Museum, Chicago History Museum, Bishop Hill State Historic Site and several private collectors.
Most of the artworks and objects come specifically from Illinois Civil War soldiers and date from the years of the war (1861-1865).
The exhibit leads visitors through the struggles of war, from the call for volunteers to survivors’ remembrances. Artworks in the exhibit are primarily drawings that portray the challenges soldiers faced.
The art featured includes sketches by Frederick Ransom of the 11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry and Illinois Private Levi Ross. The pieces are a combination of originals and reproductions. Other media included are paintings, textiles and carvings.
Artifacts included in the exhibit include weapons, equipment and a painted cavalry flag from the 10th Illinois Cavalry, associated with the Siege of Vicksburg. Audio clips allow visitors to hear examples of period songs and poetry written by soldiers.
The Tarble Arts Center is a division of the College of Arts & Humanities at Eastern Illinois University. The Tarble is located at 2010 9th St. on the EIU campus in Charleston.
Also at the Tarble, an exhibition of Caribbean folk art is on view through May 19.
The exhibition surveys folk art traditions from Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. It is curated by Kit Morice, Tarble curator of education, with assistance from Bernard Cesarone from area private collections.
Antique and contemporary Puerto Rican Santos figures, masks for Carnival and other celebrations, and Haitian flags, assemblage, metal and papier-mâché sculptures are featured. Some of the works are from anonymous folk artists; others were created by noted 20th and 21st century artists.
Included are pieces by Haitian artists Pierrot Barra and Marie Cassasise, Murat Brierre, Georges Liautaud, Fritz Millevoix, Michée Ramil Remy, Roland Rockville, Michel Sinvil and Yves Telemak; Puerto Rican Santero Jose Burgos and mask maker Fernando Luis Lopez Perez. Many of the art works on view are expressions of religious beliefs and festivals.
For more information, contact the center at 217-581-ARTS or firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission and visitor parking are free.