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Glen C. Davies: Moments of Mystery

Glen C. Davies: Moments of Mystery. Davies explores human desire and frailty through the lens of the circus sideshow. This exhibition of eleven paintings, drawings and sculpture covers a 50-year span in his career. The pieces were gifted to the Illinois State Museum by the artist and the Kohler Foundation, Inc in 2023.

Glen Davies was born in Chicago and attended the School of the Art Institute in the late 1960s. After fulfilling a childhood dream of traveling with the circus, Davies worked for a short time as a billboard artist and sign painter, eventually opening a mural painting business.  After receiving an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Davies has divided his time between his studio pursuits and a variety of alternative employments, including circus/carnival show painter, sideshow banner artist, professional muralist, curator, and educator. He currently lives in Urbana, IL.

Glen C. Davies: Moments of Mystery is on view in our 2nd floor art gallery through the Spring 2024. Read more about this exhibit on our museum blog.