Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift

This exhibition highlights a major gift of over 100 contemporary artworks given to the Illinois State Museum in 2016 by Chicago collector and arts advocate Chuck Thurow. Mr. Thurow, former Executive Director of the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, fostered direct engagement between artists and audiences through innovative exhibitions and commissioned projects. This is a significant addition to our permanent collection of outstanding work by Illinois-related artists, and is one of the largest, single donations of artworks in the Museum’s 139 year history.

Mini Maker Faire

Child creating art
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Join us for a celebration of creativity! The Springfield MakerSpace will present a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations including 3D printing, vinyl cutting, button making, paper quilling, metal stamping and more.

Uncle Mistletoe & Aunt Holly

A nostalgic collection of Marshall Field's Christmas decorations is on display in the State Museum lobby. It includes toys, ornaments, and postcards. The crown jewels of the collection are Uncle Mistletoe and Aunt Holly. The characters were introduced in 1945 and were often seen at the top of the Christmas Tree in the Walnut Room as well as other locations in the store.

Manierre Dawson: A Journey to Abstraction

When searching through art history text books on the subject of inventing modern abstraction, it is unlikely that you will find the name Manierre Dawson (1887-1969). When it comes to who made the first totally non-representational paintings, you will find familiar names like Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian and Arthur Dove. But recent scholarship contends that Dawson, a little known artist from Chicago, took his own journey to non-objective painting, and may even have arrived there shortly before these other famous artists.


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