Sign of the Times
May 13 - August 20, 2013
June - August 8, 2008
To create is often an elusive process. Making “things” is often the non-verbal expression of ideas, emotions, and practical needs. This exhibit explores the role influence has in that process of creating. The creative process often begins with a teacher or mentor who hands down techniques, exchanges ideas and acts as a sounding board. This relationship is at the heart of not only developing skills and talents, but also the perpetuation over generations of a craft.
West Central Illinois has a wealth of generous artisans practicing and teaching a wide range of crafts. The exhibit celebrates those who influence. An artisan relies on influence in the form of a teacher but also from a collective practice and even in the exchange of cultures. In the “stew of the creative process,” each of these influences are melded together to create the unique and compelling work.
You will find in this exhibit the stories of nine artisans or artisan groups influencing others in one of five distinct ways.
Convergence: When two or more creative processes collide resulting in new method or practice in a craft.
Continuation: When an artisan continue working in an establish craft and passes it on through the example of their work or directly teaching others.
Exchange: When an artisan works collectively or in a community passes the distinct tradition of a craft through a communal practice or sharing of ideas.
Interpretation: When an artisan translates the work of a historic artisan and brings the methods and technique to a contemporary craft practice often for reviving a lost practice.
Investigation: When an artisan seeks ways to expand the practice of a craft and looks to new sources outside the normal sphere of influence.
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January 22 - April 20, 2013
Made in McDonough County
October 19 - December 29, 2012
Legacy of Learning: A History of Our Schools
June 23 - September 22, 2012
Home Front: Life During the Civil War
February 7 - May 26, 2012
Shared Images: Recording and Collecting a Visual History
September 20 - December 30, 2011
Connectedness: A History of Women's Clubs
April 26 - August 13, 2011
Fishin', Huntin' & Braggin
January 4 - March 26, 2011
October 23 - December 4, 2010
May 15 - September 11, 2010
December 22, 2009 - April 24, 2010
September 1 through November 21, 2009
June - August 8, 2008
February 12 - May 2, 2009
January 16 - January 17, 2009
September 4 - November 15, 2008
From Here to There: Transportation in Western Illinois
June 3 - August 2, 2008
Uniforms, Soldiers & Allies: The Western Illinois Experience During World War II
January 1- April 1, 2008
Advertising Art of the Late 19th Century: The Dr. Lindsay Ma Collection
February 6 - March 21, 2007
Music, Music, Music
June - July 2007
Colchester: 150 Years
August 25 - November 17, 2007
August 22 - November 25, 2006
April 8, 2006
December 2, 2005 - February 28, 2006
August 9 - November 2005
March 6 - July 2005
Toys, Toys, Toys: From All Ages, For All Ages
December, 2004 - January 29, 2005
Veterinary Medicine: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow; All Creatures Great & Small
February 21 - June 30, 2004
Western Illinois University: Then and Now
April 19 - August 1, 2003
Civil War at Home and on the Battlefield
April 10, 2003