Exhibits at the Spurlock Museum
Exhibits on now
East Meets Midwest: The Dawn of the China-Illinois Educational Exchange
For over a century, the University of Illinois has played a critical role in the promotion of educational exchange with China. UI President Edmund James (1904-1920) was a leader in the movement to open US universities to Chinese students in 1905-06, when US policy toward China was very restrictive in this area. This exhibit tells the story of how James’ vision led the University of Illinois to become one of the most significant destinations for Chinese students during the early decades of the 20th century.
South Asian Seams: Quilts from India, Pakistan & Bangladesh
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.
In addition to changing focus exhibits, the Museum's Feature Galleries offer artifacts, stories, and information about the Ancient Mediterranean, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas.