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Traveling with the Teaching Collection

  • Post Date: 7/27/2020
  • Author: Kim Sheahan
  • Reading Time: 1 minute read

The Spurlock’s Teaching Collection contains thousands of artifacts that can be loaned to area educators. Some objects go out in prepared sets called building blocks that can also include information sheets, lesson plans, and craft materials. Others can be borrowed individually or in groupings selected by the teacher.

  • Cardboard boxes stacked on table
    Collections staff packed the items in the Missouri-bound boxes with great care to protect them in transit.

Over the past few years, our Teaching Collection loans have also brought us into collaborations with arts councils and other museums. Beginning in 2015, the Spurlock and the Krannert Art Museum have put together annual loans to the Decatur Area Arts Council to complement summer exhibits featuring Chile, Argentina, China, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Last year, we were asked to loan 28 objects to the Spiva Art Gallery (external link) at Missouri Southern State University for its fall exhibit Oceanic Journey: The Art of Papua New Guinea. This is the farthest our Teaching artifacts have traveled, and we are excited to see the completed exhibit.

  • Wall with images placed onto it behind table with various decorative china.
    The Polish paper cuts in the center of this picture of the Decatur Area Area Center exhibit are from the Teaching Collection. Image courtesy of the Decatur Area Arts Center.
  • Large wooden bowl
    One of the larger pieces loaned to the Spiva Art Gallery is this Papua New Guinea feast bowl.