ISU Art Exhibition to Explore Lincoln’s Legacy

An exhibit opening Thursday at three Springfield locations will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s various legacies.

“Making Our History: Artists Render Lincoln’s Legacies” is an exhibition of physical and digital art funded by the University of Illinois Presidential Initiative: Expanding the Impact of the Arts and Humanities and presented in collaboration with the Center for Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield Art Association, and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

As part of the project, 20 artists from Illinois served a virtual residency with the UIS Center for Lincoln Studies – guided by Wepner Professor Emeritus of Lincoln Studies Graham A. Peck and Director of Visual Arts and Associate Professor of Design Brytton Bjorngaard graphic – to create 20 original works of art focusing on Lincoln’s legacy.

The resulting art and 20 short videos documenting the artistic process and how the artists arrived at their interpretations of Lincoln’s legacy will be on display beginning Thursday at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, the Springfield Art Association and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

The openings will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the library, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the art association and from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the UIS gallery.

The exhibition – comprising paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, virtual reality, concept and video art dealing with Lincoln the pioneer, family man, politician, military leader, emancipator, icon, pop culture figure and cultural artifact – will remain on display until September 1. 18.

Participating artists are William Blake, Julie Cowan, Keenan Dailey, David Hinds, Danny Houk, Larsen Husby, Jordan Fein, Lori Fuller, Industry of the Ordinary (Adam Brooks & Mathew Wilson), Lindsay Johnson, Kelly Kristin Jones, Judith Joseph, Judith Mayer, Alexander Martin, Mark Nelson, Nathan Peck, Don Pollack, Krista Shelton, Corey Smith and Billie Theide.

To help close the exhibit, Adam IP Smith, Edward Orsborn Professor of American Politics and Political History at the University of Oxford, will speak about Lincoln’s legacy in a free public lecture Sept. 13 at the ‘UIS.

All three sites welcome school group visits, and after the physical exhibit closes, draft age-appropriate curricula will be integrated into a digital “Making Our History” exhibit to give teachers an accessible curriculum on the Lincoln’s legacy.

The UIS Visual Arts Gallery is located in the Health and Science Building, Room 201, on campus. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Springfield Art Association’s MG Nelson Family Gallery is located at 700 N. Fourth St. in Springfield. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located at 112 N. Sixth St. in Springfield. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

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