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All events for February 2015
02/17/2015-
08/01/2015
Exhibit: South Asian Seams
02/21/2015Winter Tales
 

Energy Conservation Incentive Program Presentation

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP) awards building upgrades on campus in facilities which have produced top energy conservation results. The ECIP encourages energy conservation through the behavioral and structural changes of academic units and cooperation of building occupants. Each year eight campus buildings will receive ECIP awards in two separate categories. Join us as the Spurlock Museum is recognized as a 2014 ECIP Award Winner.

To learn more about the ECIP, please visit go.illinois.edu/ecip (external link)

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission

Love in the Chinese New Year

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Spurlock Museum, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, and Asian American Center cordially invite you to join us for this family event celebrating both Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day. There will be crafts, calligraphy, and a Chinese painting demonstration by Prof. Su Su, Director of Subaozhen Arts Institute and Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Northwest University, China.

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or

Exhibit: South Asian Seams

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Saturday, August 1, 2015

Quiltmaking is an integral and vital part of South Asian culture. Much the same as here in the West, quilts serve both functional and symbolic purposes. They provide warmth as well as a comfortable place to sit; and they also commemorate special occasions and tell the stories of the lives of their makers. The seams that bring together different pieces of fabric in a quilt also represent the seams that bring together this vast region—its people, its cultures, and its shared tradition of extraordinary textiles. This exhibition is made possible through funding from the Robert and Ardis James Foundation and the Nebraska Humanities Council & Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

This image is courtesy of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Location: Campbell Gallery, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: During Museum Hours
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Beth Watkins at (217) 265 - 5485 or
Chinese New Year 2015 (Dragon crafts)

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The spring 2015 session of Around the World Wednesdays begins on February 18 with Chinese New Year crafts: dragon cards, scratch magic dragons, animal zodiac rubber stamps, and paper fortune tellers.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: Requested donation of $2 per crafter.
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or

Lecture: “Other Monumentalities - Race, Style and National Architecture” by Mabel Wilson

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mabel O. Wilson’s transdisciplinary practice Studio & engages architecture, art, and cultural history. As the Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor, she teaches architectural design and history/theory courses at Columbia University’s GSAPP and is appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies. She has authored Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums, which was a finalist for John Hope Franklin in 2013.

This Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) event is co-sponsored by the School of Architecture and the Spurlock Museum.

For further information, visit www.iprh.illinois.edu (external link), , or call (217) 244-3344.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
Tim Tingle promotional photo

Winter Tales Workshop: “I Pledge Allegiance to the Coat of Many Colors”

Saturday, February 21, 2015

As part of our Winter Tales event, a celebration of American Indian storytelling, the Museum is offering a workshop for writers, educators, and tellers by nationally renowned teller, speaker, and author Tim Tingle.

Workshop description

As an Oklahoma Choctaw writer and storyteller, Tingle shares brief stories of his own experiences performing and writing stories of multiple ethnicities. Participants (Tim included) will ponder the rightness and wrongness of telling outside of one’s experience. Hoping for a high level of audience participation, Tim's goal is to germinate ideas for a truer version of who we/they are in our performance tales and written narratives. “Where do we go to learn the truth?” Good question.

Leader bio

Tim Tingle is an award-winning author, nationally renowned storyteller, and an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. His early interest in writing and storytelling was fueled by the memories passed down from his great-great grandfather, John Carnes, who walked the Trail of Tears in 1835. Tingle now performs his lively Rabbit trickster tales and compelling historical stories throughout the United States and Canada. He often accompanies his storytelling with the Native American flute, plus an assortment of rattles and drums, adding a haunting musical dimension to a concert.

From 2002 to the present, he has performed a traditional Choctaw story before Chief Gregory Pyle’s Annual State of the Nation Address at the tribal gathering in Tushkahoma, Oklahoma, a Choctaw reunion that attracts over thirty thousand people. Tim has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and founded the Choctaw Storytelling Festival. In June of 2011, Tingle spoke at the Library of Congress and presented his first performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The author of twelve books, Tim received the prestigious Notable Book Award from the American Library Association for Crossing Bok Chitto. His short story “The Lady Who Changed” was selected as 2007 Best Short Story for Adults by Storytelling World. He has received the Talking Leaves Award and Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network.

Winter Tales events are sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin.

For further information or a registration brochure, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or .

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $30 adults/$20 students. A box lunch may be ordered for $11.
Tim Tingle promotional photo

Winter Tales

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Join us for one of the Museum’s most popular annual events, a concert of American Indian tales, told during the winter months, the traditional time of telling. The 2015 featured teller is nationally renowned teller, speaker, and author Tim Tingle.

Tim Tingle is an award-winning author, nationally renowned storyteller, and an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. His early interest in writing and storytelling was fueled by the memories passed down from his great-great grandfather, John Carnes, who walked the Trail of Tears in 1835. Tingle now performs his lively Rabbit trickster tales and compelling historical stories throughout the United States and Canada. He often accompanies his storytelling with the Native American flute, plus an assortment of rattles and drums, adding a haunting musical dimension to a concert.

From 2002 to the present, he has performed a traditional Choctaw story before Chief Gregory Pyle’s Annual State of the Nation Address at the tribal gathering in Tushkahoma, Oklahoma, a Choctaw reunion that attracts over thirty thousand people. Tim has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival and founded the Choctaw Storytelling Festival. In June of 2011, Tingle spoke at the Library of Congress and presented his first performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The author of twelve books, Tim received the prestigious Notable Book Award from the American Library Association for Crossing Bok Chitto. His short story “The Lady Who Changed” was selected as 2007 Best Short Story for Adults by Storytelling World. He has received the Talking Leaves Award and Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network.

Winter Tales events are sponsored by an endowment from Reginald and Gladys Laubin.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $5
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or

Lecture: "The Latest from Stonehenge: New Findings, New Facilities." by Fred Christensen

Sunday, February 22, 2015

During the last decade, important new excavations and research have added greatly to our knowledge of Britain's most famous prehistoric monument. Within the last year, a new state-of-the-art visitors' center at Stonehenge has opened, displaying this new knowledge in a very effective way. A summary of the new findings and a PowerPoint tour of the new center will be provided by Fred Christensen, president of the East Central Illinois Archaeological Society and a frequent visitor to Britain's ancient sites.

This event is organized by the Central Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and hosted by the Spurlock Museum.

Visit http://www.archaeological.org/societies/centralillinoisurbana(external link) for more information.

For further information, contact Jane Goldberg at

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
Paper craft camel and treeLive camel and tree

Around the World Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Parents and kids! Create, play, and learn together through crafts and activities from around the world. Make a stand-up paper camel and cloth saddle blanket. Look at the artifact on display in the new South Asian Seams exhibit and complete animal bingo in the gallery.

Arrive anytime between 9:30 and 11:30. The program ends at noon.

Location: Zahn Learning Center, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $2.00 donation per family member requested
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 244 - 5597 or

CAS/MillerComm Lecture/Philipp Fehl Memorial Lecture: “Fake, Facsimile, Print: The Techniques and Technologies of Textual Reproduction, 1450 to the Future” by Nick Wilding

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The difficulties involved in detecting twenty-first century forgeries of early modern books show that we are close to producing perfect forgeries. This talk will describe the history of faking print artifacts and the economic and cultural systems that make such forgeries possible. When did print first acquire the capacity adequately to represent reality? Under what conditions does it matter whether a printed object is materially genuine? What would happen were we to abandon our efforts to distinguish between the fake and the real book?

The CAS/MillerComm public events series brings to campus people who offer unique cross-disciplinary contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

This Center for Advanced Study event is hosted by the School of Architecture, School of Art + Design in conjunction with the Art History Program, College of Law, Department of Astronomy, Department of History, Department of Religion, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Spurlock Museum.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact the Center for Advanced Study at (217) 333-6729 or

Exhibit Opening Celebration: South Asian Seams

Friday, February 27, 2015

Join us for an evening of refreshments and gallery exploration in celebration of our spring Campbell Gallery exhibit. A performance is planned for this event.

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or