Art Events

Hidden Mothers

megan photo with baby

September 9, 2019, 8:00am to October 25, 2019, 5:00pm

The series, Hidden Mothers, comprised of photographic portraits and laser cut fabric, references the early usages of photography when exposure times were long. Mothers who wanted a record of their children would often hide themselves under a piece of fabric and hold their children for the duration of the exposure to ensure a sharp image. Each mother is wrapped in a floral bed linen that both elicits traditional notions of femininity and domestic spaces and recalls the memories that have been imprinted upon them from their own mothers.

World War II Poster Exhibit

world-war poster

October 28, 2019, 9:00am to November 15, 2019, 7:00pm

When Britain and France went to war with Germany in 1939, Americans were divided over whether to join the war effort. It wouldn't be until the surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 that the United States would be thrust into World War II. Once U.S.

A*C*E* Annual High School Art Exhibition

high school art show

November 18, 2019, 9:00pm to November 23, 2019, 7:00pm

The Annual A.C.E. High School Art Show is an opportunity for local high school students to exhibit their work and to show off their incredible talents. In addition to the exhibition there are workshops for teachers and students, a parent/faculty round table for parents to speak with Millikin Art Faculty as well as opportunities for the students to hear from working art professionals.

  • Date: 11/18/2019 - 11/23/2019
  • Reception: Saturday, November 23, 2019, 4-5PM
  • Location: Perkinson Gallery

Regular Gallery Hours: M-F, Noon - 5 PM

Central Illinois High School Art Teacher Biennial Exhibition

pottery from high school art exhibition

December 2, 2019, 9:00pm to January 31, 2020, 7:00pm

This will be our inaugural exhibition showcasing the artistic creations of the Central Illinois Area Art Teachers. On display will be a variety of works of art in various mediums.

  • Date 12/02/2019 - 01/31/2020
  • Reception: Friday, January 31, 2020, 5-6:30 PM
  • Location: Perkinson Gallery

Regular Gallery Hours: M-F, Noon-5 PM

Contact Art Department at 217-424-6227 for more information.

Simon Levin "Lineage", Studio Conversations between Simon Levin & Apprentices

simon levin pottery

February 3, 2020, 9:00pm to March 20, 2020, 7:00pm

Simon Levin has been working in clay since 1990. He is a full time studio potter working exclusively with wood firing. His award winning work is exhibited internationally, and appears in several contemporary ceramic books. Simon is writer for many ceramic journals, and in 2013 he traveled to Taiwan as a Senior Fulbright scholar researching local materials. As a kiln builder Simon has built wood fired kilns for both US colleges and universities as well as schools in Taiwan and China. Between 2004 and 2018 his apprenticeship program has trained and influenced 17 potters.

BFA Thesis Exhibitions

March 30, 2020, 9:00am to May 3, 2020, 7:00pm

  • Reception: TBD
  • Location: Lower Gallery/Blue Connection

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibitions are the culmination of each student’s four years of work and dedication during their time at Millikin. On display will be a variety of artwork in various mediums such as painting, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, photography, printmaking, and graphic design.

Regular Gallery Hours: M-F, Noon - 5 PM

Contact the Art Department at 217-424-6227 for more information.

Annual Student Art Show

students at art exhibit

March 30, 2020, 9:00am to April 10, 2020, 6:00pm

The Annual Student Art Show features freshman through junior art students’ work. On display will be drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, prints, and photography. Each year the show is judged by a local artist who chooses awards for exemplary student work.

  • Date: 03/30/2020 - 04/10/2020
  • Reception: Thursday, April 9, 2020, 5-6 PM
  • Awards: 5:30 PM
  • Gallery: Perkinson Gallery

Regular Gallery Hours: M-F, Noon - 5 PM

Contact Art Department at 217-424-6227 for more information.


Works From The Permanent Collection

piece of pottery

April 13, 2020, 9:00am to May 22, 2020, 6:00pm

  • Date: 04/13/2020 - 05/22/2020
  • Gallery: Perkinson Gallery

On display, will be selected works from the Millikin University permanent collection, featuring a wide array of art in various genres and materials.

Regular Gallery Hours: M-F, Noon - 5 PM

Contact Art Department at 217-424-6227 for more information.

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Academic | Arts | Campus
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