Illinois is home to classic toys such as Radio Flyer, Lincoln Logs and TinkerToys. These, like all toys serve as templates to the imagination for children at both social and cognitive levels of development. For adults, toys are vessels for memory that contain identity, activity, and comfort.
For many working artists today, a toy represents a creative opportunity to transform the object into an experience that transcends nostalgia and represents an act of discovery.
The artwork featured in this exhibition comes directly to us from working artists from across Illinois. The historic objects presented are highlights from the Illinois State Museum permanent collections. Combined, we seek to merge the joyous occasion of imagination during play with the nurtured discipline of creating a work of art.