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Past Exhibits

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Reuniting with History: U-High Time Capsule

September 18–October 2, 2017 | Floor 2 Stairwell

View a time capsule placed by U-High students in 1965.

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eclipse 2017

Experiencing the 2017 Eclipse

Aug 10–27 | Floor 2 Stairwell

Come check out this informative display that covers the science and history of solar eclipses.

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Propaganda on All Fronts

Propaganda on All Fronts

Until June 5 | Floor 3

A feature of over 40 posters and related material drawn from three historic collections in Milner Library’s Government Documents World War Poster Collection.

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Pop-Up Library

Raising awareness of sexual and intimate partner violence

March 25–April 20, 2017

Students in Dr. Shelly Clevenger’s CJS 342 Victimology class were asked to create a piece of art relating to sexual assualt using a child’s toy.

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Strange Oscillations

Strange Oscillations & Vibrations of Sympathy

Oct 26–Dec 18

See Dawn Roe's The Sunshine Bores | The Daylights at Milner Library.

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Time Capsule Exhibit

The Time Capsule: A Normal Tradition

Sept 11–Dec 15 | Floor 2

The exhibit features items from time capsules from Hamilton-Whitten, Atkin-Colby, Dunn-Barton, Walker, Old Main, and U-High.

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Through Nov 30 | Floor 2 Café Area

An investigation of Affordable Care Act and the legislation surrounding it through photographs and brief narratives.

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Get Out the Vote

Get Out the Vote

November 1–30 | Floor 2 and 3
Reception Wednesday Nov 16 at 4pm | Floor 2

Get Out the Vote is an exploration in motivating and educating viewers about the upcoming election by Graphic Design III students.

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Nocturnal Garden

The Nocturnal Garden

Jun 16–Aug 21 | Floor 2

Diorama created to inspire and educate individuals of all ages about the night sky, garden and its creatures.

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Industrial Nature

Industrial Nature

Summer 2016 | Floor 2

Interactive sculpture referring to Bonsai trees created by Sculpture II students.

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

May 1–June 15 | Floor 6

This bright and colorful exhibit followed the timeline of the classic 1939 movie, with tidbits of trivia about changes from the book to the silver screen.



April 27–June 30 | Floor 6

Prints created in response to literary quotes, designed by Advanced Printmaking students.

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Inspired Work: Alex Reside

Inspired Work: Alex Reside

April 15–May 4 | Floor 2

Artworks created by ISU Photography Club members inspired by the photography of visiting artist Alex Reside.

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Arts Tech Film Fest Interactive Program

Arts Tech Film Fest Interactive Program

April 8–24 | Floor 3

This interactive installation is a companion piece to the Arts Tech Film Fest, which runs from April 19th to 24th at the Normal Theater in Uptown.

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Juvenile in Justice

Juvenile in Justice

March 14–April 8 | Floor 2

Photographer Richard Ross has documented the placement and treatment of American juveniles in the justice system. These photographs, along with stories from the young people featured in them, are intended to show the conditions that these children live in.

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Synapse (from Black Beethoven)

Synapse (from Black Beethoven)

February 27–April 3 | Floor 3

A framed portrait of Beethoven transitions to one portraying him with darker skin and hair acknowledging his Moorish ancestry.

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The Legacy Wall

The Legacy Wall

February 14-February 28, 2016 | Floor 2
Talks: Feb 15, 7pm | Feb 18, 7pm | Feb 25, 7pm

The Legacy Wall celebrates the contributions of LGBT individuals throughout history and raises awareness about their stories.

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Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

November 9–February 12, 2016 | Floor 6
Talk: Illustrating Alice, November 18, 4pm

A look at the evolution of Alice in Wonderland over 150 years.

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American Faces

American Faces: Portraits by Mike Disfarmer

November 3–January 31 | Floor 2
Reception: November 10, 4pm

A collection of historic family images from rural Heber Springs, Arkansas.

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Reading Women

Reading Women

November 3–December 20 | Floor 3

For Reading Women (2012-2015), Schneider set up scenarios to concurrently photograph and film to record 100 individual female artists, curators, writers, and musicians as they each read a book of their choosing.

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Colors of Exile

The Colors of Exile

Summer/Fall 2015 | Milner Library, cafe area

This exhibit features 17 prints of Clément Baloup's work as he records the experiences and memories of individuals (predominately women) living in exile and provides a unique visual representation of their life stories.

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Utopian Spaces

Utopian Spaces

November 9–December 4 | Floor 2
Reception: December 3, 4pm

Featured work by undergraduate and graduate students, designed to give students curatorial experience and to serve as a showcase for student work being done in the arts.

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International Education Week Photo Contest Winners

International Education Week Photo Contest Winners

November 16–22 | Floor 3

The top twenty entries for the International Education Week held by the Office of International Studies and Programs.

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Backstory of the Bird

Backstory of the Bird

October 1–November 30 | Floor 1
Presentation: October 23 | Milner Plaza

Find out the history of your favorite Redbird!

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Gangsters & Grifters

Gangsters & Grifters:
Images from the Archives of the Chicago Tribune

August 17-November 1, 2015 | Milner Library Floor 2 SW
Presentation: October 13, 4:00PM | Circus Room, Bone Student Center, ISU

This selection of reprinted images document the crime scene in the city of Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Your Body, Your Canvas

Your Body, Your Canvas

August 31-October 31, 2015 | Floor 6 Gallery
Presentation: September 15th at 5PM | Floor 6 NW

Your Body, Your Canvas offers a perspective on how tattoos, piercings & body modifications have evolved over time.

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Normal Reality

Normal Reality

August 3-October 12, 2015 | Floor 3 Main Stairwell Landing

A video featuring twelve artists from North America and Europe, whose embrace of popular digital technologies raises questions about normalcy in the age of accessibility.

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Survey of Art History: art from booksthree blank sheets of paper framed in black with exhibit title at top
June 12- August 30, 2015 |Milner Library, Floor 2 SW

Survey of Art History is a series of handmade paper sheets recycled from three commonly used art history textbooks in undergraduate art history survey courses. This series investigates many themes including: limitations of textbooks; limitations in the process of learning from books; biased perspectives; destruction and reconstruction; as well as postmodern idealism and truism. It is our intention to present these books in a new context that repurposes their materials into actual works of art.

Kayla Akyüz is an ISU School of Art master's candidate in Art Education. She works collaboratively with her husband, Ali Akyüz on selected projects. Ali is an artist and certified teacher with a Master of Art in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado, Boulder. They currently live and work in Bloomington, IL. Sponsored by Milner Library and the Friends of the Arts.

soldier climbing staircase of books Drawn to Shakespeare: Love's Labors and the Great War
June 8 - August 7, 2015 | Milner Library, Floor 2 SW

To celebrate the Illinois Shakespeare Festival 2015 production and world premiere of Love’s Labor’s Won, Milner Library ;presents an exhibition of artwork inspired by the Great War. Featured are costume renderings by costume designer Nicholas Hartman, and century-old original World War I posters and other primary sources from the Government Documents Collection. Also on display, with special arrangement from Scott Kaiser, playwright for Love’s Labor’s Won, is the play’s compelling prologue. Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Scott Kaiser imagines Shakespeare’s now lost sequel to Love’s Labour’s Lost reuniting the young lovers after World War I. Love’s Labour’s Lost opens July 5th in the Theater at Ewing, and its companion production, Love’s Labor’s Won, opens July 19th at Illinois State University’s Westhoff Theatre. The World War I Poster Digital archive contains even more items not on display.

(In)Visible Men: Examining Stereotypes Through Artgraphic promoting the InVisible Men exhibit
March 20 - May 9, 2015 | Milner Library, Main Floor

Rick Lewis, Associate Dean in Illinois State University’s Dean of Students Office, is a painter exploring the crossroads of race and identity. The (In)Visible Men paintings invite the viewer to hold up a mirror to their own perceptions and look beyond persistent stereotypes. Mr. Lewis is actively engaged in documenting the contemporary black male experience as he thoughtfully provokes discourse on the roles of diversity and understanding threaded throughout everyday life. 

Artist Talk & Reception March 31 at 4:00 featuring a student panel of models portrayed in the(In)Visible Men series. Panelists include Brandon Cottrell, Jamol Griffin, Keith Harris, and Robert Warnsley.

The Artist Talk will open with a monologue read by School of Theatre & Dance actor, Nate Aikens. 

Idris Goodwin’s “They Shooting’ or I aint neva scared: A reverberation in 3 parts” is a selected work fromHANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments, a project intended to showcase diverse black male perspectives in an effort to incite conversation and understanding around the complexity of the black male experience. 

Most recently Rick Lewis’s work was selected to be part of a three person exhibit Contemporary Portraiture at McLean County Arts Center. Listen to an interview with Rick about his (In)Visible Men paintings.

Sponsored by Milner Library with support from the Multi-Ethnic Cultural and Co-Curricular Programming Advisory Committee, A Dean of Students Office Diversity Initiative. 

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event please contact Kathleen Lonbom,, 438-3950

Finals Week @ Milner Library finals week image
April 26-May 8, 2015

Milner Library will be open nonstop from 10am Sunday, April 26 to Friday, May 8 at 5pm. With extended hours, expanded quiet study floors, study breaks with free coffee and snacks (May 3-5, 6:30pm), and a return of the therapy dogs from PAWSitively Stress Free (May 4 and 5, 2-6pm), Milner is the place to be during Finals this spring.

image of girl with flowers in her hairEnvisioning Poetry
March 21 - April 23 2015 | Milner Library, Main floor, Northwest corner

This exhibit, curated by the ISU Art History Society, displays work from ISU students, alumni, and faculty. "Envisioning Poetry" features ten artists and nine poets who worked together to make creative pairings of visual art and the written word. Instead of isolating studio artwork, we wanted to show how collaboration between two different disciplines can come together to showcase different forms of creativity. The purpose of this exhibit is to address how both poetry and visual art can be used to represent multiple themes, narratives, and emotions. In addition, it gives students the opportunity to display their work and obtain a valuable experience.

Related programming will include a poetry reading on April 23rd at 5:00 pm in the exhibition area on Milner's main floor.

For additional information about the exhibition and poetry readings please contact Rachel Herrman, or Vanessa Schulman.

Sponsored by Milner Library and the Friends of the Arts

image drawn by Clement BaloupThe Colors of Exile exhibit
March 16 - 20, 2015 | Milner Library, Floor 6, Special Collections hallway

Milner Library is hosting an exhibit by French graphic novelist Clément Baloup. Detailing the experiences of the Vietnamese diaspora, his work provides a visual representation of the cultural, emotional and physical hardships endured by this immigrant population.

In addition to the exhibit, Clément Baloup and Justin Wadlow will give a lecture on March 18 at 7 pm in Stevenson Hall, Rm 101.

The exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: The Harold K. Sage Foundation, MECCPAC, Milner Library, Departments of English, History, and Languages, Literature & Cultures.

photo of ojects in the displayDigital Preservation exhibit
January 22 - February 27, 2015 | Milner Library, Floor 4

Curator Samantha Wolter states: “My exhibit is about the different ways that we have stored our digital media. I wanted to show all the different devices that were and are used to store said media and data. I also wanted to have people question what they are doing to save and preserve their data and media at home.”

image of a girl reading a book in front of a fireplaceALL Show: Art & Literature in the Library exhibit
January 22 - February 27, 2015 | Milner Library, Floor 6 and Floor 1

Creativity. Inspiration. The two go hand in hand, much like art and literature.

Stories have long inspired art: Sir John Everett Millais painted a lifeless Ophelia floating in a stream, a scene from Shakespeare's Hamlet; Salvador Dali created captivating gouache images to accompany Alice in Wonderland; Rodin crafted a monumental sculptural work based on Dante's Inferno, appropriately called The Gates of Hell. Examples of art taking inspiration from literature abound.

The ALL Show presents artwork created by School of Art students, alumni and faculty. Each participant approaches the relationship between art and literature in a unique and personal way. The exhibition includes painting, drawing, book art, sculpture and more, all influenced by a love for literature, be it classical, literary or popular.

Please visit the show to see artworks both inventive and visually inspiring along with books that inspired them.

The ALL Show is curated by Professor Claire Lieberman and Victoria Hartzog, graduate student in the School of Art, in collaboration with Jean MacDonald, Literature and Languages Librarian at Milner Library. It is free and open to the public.

logo graphicAnswering the Call: ISNU’s Librarian & the Great War
August 18 — February 1, 2015 | Milner Library, Main Floor

This exhibition is presented in commemoration of the service of the ISNU campus at the centennial of World War I, serving as a testament to the integral role its librarian, Ange V. Milner, performed in documenting, gathering, and preserving contributions made by the campus community during a time of war.

Featured are 20 vintage but vibrant war posters on display for the first time in nearly one hundred years. Drawn from Milner Library’s Government Documents World War Poster Collection, these iconic posters were originally distributed by the federal government and national organizations to mobilize citizens into action for an allied victory. During the war, Milner displayed these posters in the library and throughout the campus. Following the war, she preserved these items as a record of its involvement.

Also on display are selected photos, letters and news clippings taken from University’s War Service Record Collection held at the University Archives. On the War Service committee, Milner was charged with creating a detailed account of student, faculty, and alumni service during the war. Today these documents clearly reflect the appreciation and affection many held for Ange Milner and her dedication to writing letters to those far from home to help maintain their connections to the University.

Related programming will be held throughout the fall semester.

Sponsored by Milner Library with support from the Alice and Fannie Fell Trust.

For information about the collection and exhibition, please contact the Government Documents librarian, Angela Bonnell (

Digital archive:

graphic for Drawn to Books exhibitionDrawn to Books exhibition
November 26 - December 8, 2014 | Milner Library, Main Floor landing

Selected works from School of Art Professor Cynthia Kukla's Drawing I and Drawing for Non-Majors classes featuring an assignment requiring students to research, design and create a book using images, drawings, text, poems and quotes.

graphic used for the Strong (in)secure displayStrong (in)secure display
November 3 - November 17, 2014 | Milner Library , Main Floor landing

This project was made to capture the most vulnerable states of mind, as well as the most highlighted attributes of characteristics. Inspired by What I Be Project by Steve Rosenfield and TWLOHA's Fears versus Dreams campaign. The montage on display includes black and white photographs taken this fall by ISU Psychology student Katelyn Bright and includes ISU students and ISU Wesley Foundation staff.

For information about the display please contact Katelyn Bright,

Additional information:

image of ticket booth at aside showOne Of Us: Sideshows, Freaks and the Unexplained exhibit
October 27 – December 12, 2014 | Milner Library, Floor 6, Special Collections

When Tod Browning’s film Freaks was released in 1932 it was met with horror and controversy. The film, in which the eponymous characters were played by people who worked as carnival sideshow performers and had real deformities, was considered so shocking by audiences that one woman threatened to sue MGM, claiming the film had caused her to suffer a miscarriage. Despite the controversy, Freaks and the sideshow inhabitants it depicted are invariably a part of American popular culture.

This exhibit looks at the long history of biological rarities and oddities that have commonly been thought of as “freaks of nature,” and the desire of the so-called “normal” audience to stare in awe at bodily differences. Featured are a variety of ephemera and artifacts from Milner Library’s Circus and Allied Arts Collection, dating as far back as 1634 up to the present-day.

Gaze upon 19th century cabinet cards of bearded ladies & legendary conjoined twins! Wonder at the strange attractions once housed in Barnum’s American Museum! Be amazed by the size of the sideshow giant’s ring and the shoes worn by Tom Thumb’s wife on their wedding day! Question your preconceptions of what makes a person a freak! Is it society who determines who is or isn't normal, or can we choose to be a freak? Ask yourself, are you in fact “one of us?”

For more information about the exhibit, including a bibliography covering sideshows, freaks and more visit:

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event contact Alexis Wolstein (, 309-438-7271)

Sponsored by Milner Library and Illinois State University’s Disability Concerns.

image for exhibitI Know What You Did Last Summer exhibit
September 13 - October 23, 2014 | Milner Library, Main Floor

Opening September 13 on the second floor of Milner Library, I Know What You Did Last Summer displays work that School of Art students created over the summer. This is an opportunity to have an insight on students’ continued work outside the academic year. It shows the skills they have learned during academic semesters, provides inspiration and creativity for other students and faculty to see, and creates an enjoyable and informative exhibition for the public. This exhibition is a project of the Art History Society and Photography Club members, giving student members curatorial and exhibit design experience.

Although we know much about each other throughout the school year, very little is known about how our summer was spent. Art that represents everyone’s individual summer will prompt interest and curiosity in each other’s personal lives. The project was open to every accomplishment and activity, whether it be big or small, that was done during the summer.

For information about this exhibition please contact: Katherine Hellberg,

MuleInternational Collection of Child Art: Selected Works
June 10—August 7, 2014 | Milner Library, Main Floor

Visual representations of the world created by children from across cultures have the power to spark interdisciplinary dialogue and inquiries rooted in our curiosity and need to understand and discover a meaningful place in the world. Milner Library invites you to view a selected number of pieces from the International Collection of Child Art. Thought provoking representations of whimsical animals, fanciful portraits, and musings on daily life provide a window for the viewer to share the outlook of a child and gain a deeper understanding of a young artist’s visual experience.

Accompanying the exhibit is a display of selected titles from Milner’s collection including books on children’s art and publications which have featured artworks from the International Collection of Child Art.

Curatorial assistance for this exhibit provided by Milner Library summer intern, Lauren Gray, a senior at Illinois State University majoring in Art Education & English Studies.

For information about the collection please contact the art librarian, Kathleen Lonbom,

ICCA website:
Digital archive:

graphic for Mrs Packard exhibitMrs. Packard exhibit
April 1 - 15, 2014 | Milner Library, Main Floor Landing

In celebration of the play Mrs. Packard being performed by the ISU School of Theatre, Milner Library invites the community to view items of period clothing and historic photographs on display in an exhibit at the library and ponder the story behind the production. Based on a true story, Mrs. Packard illuminates the struggle of women everywhere to have a voice in their own destinies.

How can the voiceless be heard? Early in the morning of June 18, 1860, Reverend Theophilus Packard had his wife, Elizabeth, forcibly removed from their home and committed to the state-run insane asylum in Jacksonville, Illinois. A conservative Calvinist minister of the old school, Reverend Packard strongly disagreed with his wife’s liberal thinking and feared she endangered the spiritual welfare of their six children. The grounds for Elizabeth’s incarceration rested solely on her husband’s declaration of her insanity, and not on a public hearing—such were the laws in Illinois (and many other states) at that time. Elizabeth remained true to her principles in the face of intense hardship, including separation from her beloved children. Struggling against a dysfunctional, patriarchal system, Elizabeth Packard eventually freed herself after being imprisoned in the Jacksonville Insane Asylum for three years. She championed the rights of women and those in need of mental health services, ultimately leading to the reform of the Illinois state law.

This exhibition is sponsored by Milner Library.

The play
Mrs. Packard, by Emily Mann | April 4 –5 & April 8 – 12, 7:30 p.m. ; Matinee: April 6, 2:00 p.m. | Center for the Performing Arts

graphic used to promote Tia Blassingame exhibitThe Exact Measure of Injustice: Slavery and Racism presented in Artists' Books by Tia Blassingame exhibit
March 25 - May 11, 2014 | Milner Library, Floor 6

Tia Blassingame is a book artist and printmaker exploring the intersection of architecture, race, and perception. Combining handmade paper, printmaking techniques, book binding with letterpress printing, Blassingame employs period typefaces to create a look and ambience to transport the viewer to the appropriate era. The disturbing images and histories that she renders using wooden or metal letters, a lithographic stone or an etching plate become atmospheric and allow for a nuanced discussion on issues of race to be introduced that might otherwise repel the viewer.

Artist talk and exhibition opening: March 26, 2014, Milner Library Floor 6, 4 pm.

Sponsored by Milner Library and the School of Art with support from the Friends of Milner Library, the Alice and Fannie Fell Trust, Dean of Students Office: Multi-Ethnic Cultural and Co-Curricular Programming Advisory Committee (MECCPAC), and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, contact Kathleen Lonbom at or (309) 438-3950.

ink and The Raven, a graphite drawing on paper by Daniella BarroqueiroGrimm Tales: An Artistic Perspective exhibit
February 10 - March 20, 2014 | Milner Library, Floor 6

The School of Art's Art History Society and Milner Library invite you to attend the exhibition "Grimm Tales: An Artistic Perspective," opening Monday, February 10, on the 6th floor of Milner Library. The exhibition presents artworks influenced by the narratives and themes from the "Household Tales" of Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm. These contemporary works by faculty and students from the School of Art will be featured alongside illustrated editions of the Grimm tales from Milner Library's Special Collections. We invite viewers to explore these contemporary and historical visual interpretations of the timeless tales.

The Art History Society (AHS) is a Registered Student Organization and was formed in order to give students the opportunity to engage in professionalization and curatorial work and to promote the appreciation of art on campus.

Additional programming for this exhibition includes a panel discussion and reception scheduled for February 26 at 4 pm on the 6th floor of the library. Featuring panelists Karen Coats (English), Bill O'Donnell (School of Art), Jan Susina (English), and Breanna White (AHS member), this conversation will open up discussion about the historical, literary, and artistic resonance of these stories.

Please contact the AHS ( for additional information or questions about the exhibition.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, contact Kathleen Lonbom at or (309) 438-3950. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

promotional card with photo WWII veteran Walter SturmLiving His Story exhibit
January 13 - May 4, 2014 | Milner Library, Main Floor

Featuring the work of School of Art senior, Ashley Koenig, "Living His Story" is a photographic exhibition comprised of interviews with World War II veterans across the Midwest. Each of the veterans Koenig has documented is accompanied by photographs of themselves while in active service. Exploring the relationship between war and memory, honor and tribute, this collection is presented as a series of portraits. Passages in which veterans tell their first-hand accounts from Pearl Harbor to the last push into Germany are included recounting the experiences of those in combat, bombers, tail-gunners, paratroopers, military police and mechanics. Their stories are presented through text as well as an audio component available through the library resources. Also on display will be selected World War II posters and samples of Newsmaps from Milner Library's Government Documents and map collections.

Additional programming for this exhibition includes a reception and artist talk scheduled for February 4th at 5:00 pm.

This exhibition is sponsored by Milner Library and funded in part by Illinois State University Friends of the Arts.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, contact Kathleen Lonbom at or (309) 438-3950. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

image of Vidette front page 11/24/63Death of a President: the 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s Assassination Exhibit
October 25 - December 13, 2013 | Milner Library, Main Floor Landing

This exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Kennedy’s assassination stunned the world and brought the nation’s political and social life to a halt. For those who experienced it first-hand, the event produced an enduring sense of tragedy; for subsequent generations, the Kennedy Assassination continues to be a source of study and fascination.

This exhibit features items from the collection of the Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University. Objects on view include original photographs of the President’s ill-fated visit to Dallas, condolence responses from the First Lady and Senator Robert Kennedy, and books, manuscripts, and memorabilia that reflect national and local responses to his death. Also on view is memorabilia from John F. Kennedy’s 1960 campaign including buttons, an original campaign poster, and invitations to inaugural festivities.

picture of student photographerThe Rural Documentary Collection Youth Project Exhibition
September 27 - December 15, 2013 | Milner Library, Main Floor

The photographs displayed throughout Milner Library’s main floor were created during workshops held at University Galleries and UNITY Community Center in Normal. Led by photographer and educator Jeri Kelly, the workshops were presented to 4-H students from McLean, Livingston, and Woodford Counties. After being introduced to the history, techniques, and uses of photography, each student created photographs that documented their experiences. In addition to the workshops, students were invited to assist photographers Alex Hogan and Marissa Webb as they documented the 2013 McLean, Livingston, and Woodford County Fairs. These opportunities provided 4-H’ers the chance to witness photography in action: to see photography preserving history and defining personal memories.

The Rural Documentary Collection Youth Project is collaboration between University Galleries and the University of Illinois Extension for McLean, Livingston, and Woodford Counties. Funding for this project has been provided by a grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation—Mirza Arts and Culture Fund.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Rural Documentary Collection Exhibition, on view at University Galleries from August 4 through October 13, 2013.

logoPopular Grooves: America's Music and LP Cover Art Exhibit
September 4 - November 8 | Milner Library, Floors 3, 4, 5, & 6

This exhibit, curated by local musicologist Joseph Matson, explores album cover art in the music genres of the series: rock, jazz, country/bluegrass, blues/gospel, Latin, and Broadway.

picture of Dale EvansRe-tuning the Wood: Instruments Exhibit by Dale C. Evans
August 19 - November 8 | Milner Library, Floor 1

This exhibit showcases the work and craft of local luthier Dale C. Evans. Handcrafted instruments on display include the hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, nyckelharpa, viola d'gamba, five-string banjo, and a banjulele.

photo of KaitlinSilent Sister Exhibit
August 19 - September 26, 2013 | Milner Library, Main Floor

Silent Sister features photographic works by School of Art Master of Fine Arts Candidate Marissa Webb. The exhibition highlights Marissa’s work documenting her sister Kaitlin who has Rett Syndrome, a neurological developmental disorder which affects language and communication abilities, results in abnormal hand movements, and eventually leads to developmental regression. The syndrome may best be described by imagining a little girl with cerebral palsy, autism, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

In this body of work Marissa presents intimate studies of her sister Kaitlin and her relationships with those closest to her. Depicted in the compelling works are Kaitlin, her mother, Marissa, and Marissa’s fiancé. Through observation and documentation Marissa seeks to understand Kaitlin’s view of the world. Additionally Marissa uses photography to investigate how Kaitlin is viewed through the lens of public perception. Marissa’s work questions and explores ideas of consciousness, normalcy, relationships and the role of treasured objects in one’s life.

For additional information about the artist:
For additional information about Rett Syndrome:

This exhibition is sponsored by Milner Library and funded in part by Illinois State University Friends of the Arts.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, contact Kathleen Lonbom at or (309) 438-3950. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

graphic of book coverBloomington-Normal Circus Legacy Exhibit
July 22 - November 27, 2013 | Milner Library, Floor 6, Special Collections Hallway

In conjunction with the recently published book, The Bloomington-Normal Circus Legacy: The Golden Age of Aerialists, this exhibit displays artifacts that demonstrate Bloomington-Normal's rich circus past.

Richard Finch image for Collected WorksCollected Verses: A Suite Exchange Between Illinois State University and Limerick School of Art and Design Exhibit
April 12 - May 31, 2013 -- 6th floor hallway by the Special Collections, Milner Library.

This exhibition is made up of the artwork from two separate schools: Illinois State University and Limerick School of Art and Design in Limerick, Ireland. Each of the forty-six participants made a suite of twelve works of the same size and the two schools shuffled them so that each person received a mixture of American and Irish works.

The Americans participating in this project are Illinois State students enrolled in Art 347: Advanced Printmaking, as well as printmaking faculty and staff. What we have in common with our European counterparts is varied levels of experience in printmaking and an interest in a larger conversation about art, the multiple, and the variable.

Suite exchanges are fairly common in printmaking and often bring two schools together or artists together around a particular theme. Though this portfolio has no theme, there are interesting motifs and connections that appear between works despite the distance that separates the artists.

This suite exchange was initiated and organized by Illinois State Professor Richard Finch and Limerick School of Art and Design Professor Sercan Sahin. It has been additionally facilitated by Normal Editions Workshop Associate Director Veda Rives as well as Associate Professor Sarah Smelser and Visiting Associate Lecturer Morgan Price, who team-teach Art 347: Advanced Printmaking.

For additional information, please contact Sarah Smelser: email or phone (309)438-8535.

photo titled Thunder SeaExperiences in Place: The Second T.E.A.M. Exhibition
March 18 - May 9, 2013 -- Milner Library

University Galleries and Milner Library of Illinois State University collaborated to present this exhibition.

Experiences in Place
highlights 66 photographs from the T.E.A.M. (Teen Education & Art Mentors) Program. The second of three T.E.A.M. exhibitions, Experiences in Place links area high schools with University Galleries' resources to engage teens through the visual arts. The goal of the program is to foster students' artistic exploration, critical thinking, and community involvement. The T.E.A.M. exhibitions allow students to present their work to a wide audience while demonstrating personal reflections inspired by contemporary artists and exhibitions.

Students involved with the T.E.A.M. Program participate in an exhibition-specific workshop, write a reflective paper describing their experience, and assemble a public exhibition. Students from Ridgeview, Normal Community, and Tri-Valley High Schools created the photographs on display in Experiences in Place. Each student responded to themes present in the work of artist Melanie Schiff, whose exhibition, The stars are not wanted now, was on display in University Galleries between October 27 and December 16, 2012.

Melanie Schiff is a Los Angeles-based photographer whose work focuses upon themes ranging from popular and youth culture, to landscape and the body. Surveying diverse genres, including still life, landscape, and portraiture, Schiff's photographs capture the subtle moments when everyday objects and common events come together to create unexpected and remarkable effects.

The final T.E.A.M. exhibition will occur from May 21 through July 27, 2013 at University Galleries. This comprehensive exhibit will present works from Experiences In Place, in addition to works created by T.E.A.M. participants from Spring 2013.

Contact University Galleries to organize a tour of the exhibition or to become involved with the program: phone 309-438-5487 or e-mail or

University Galleries would like to thank the teachers involved with this exhibition: Jennifer Kelly of Normal Community High School, Pam Rathke of Ridgeview High School, and Denise O'Brien of Tri-Valley High School.

This project is made possible through grants from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation--Mirza Arts & Cultural Fund and a Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant.

A Moment That Flits Away: Daguerrean Vision in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The House of Seven Gables" Exhibit
February 23 - April 7, 2013 -- Milner Library, Floor 6 Cases

A Moment That Flits Away: Daguerrean Vision in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The House of Seven Gables" is a satellite exhibition complementing The House of Seven Gables concurrently on view at the University Galleries. This exhibition explores how, in his 1851 novel, Hawthorne uses the daguerreotype, both literally and metaphorically, to reflect upon ideas of modernity, identity and vision.

Curated by the School of Art, Dr. Melissa Johnson with Marissa Webb and Samantha Simpson assisting.

Images From Around the World: Honors Study Abroad Photo Contest
February 8 - March 8, 2013 -- Milner Library, Main Floor

Honors students were invited to submit photos from their study abroad experiences in one of the following categories: People, Landscapes & Nature and Architecture. Students were told their photos should capture a cultural experience and that their 8X10 entries must have a title and a brief description relating the story behind the photo.

The students' photos will be hung in an exhibit on the Main Floor of Milner Library from February 8th to March 8th. A closing awards reception will be held on Tuesday, March 5th at 7pm. Judges and participants will be introduced and winning entries will be announced at that time. Guests may enjoy hors d'oeuvres, mingle and examine the beautiful photos.

Event Sponsors: Honors Program, International Studies, Milner Library

150th logo for alumni associationCelebrating 150 Years of Alumni Memories: The Illinois State University Alumni Association's Sesquicentennial Exhibit
January 18 - December 20, 2013 October 24, 2013 | Milner Library, Main Floor Landing

Curated by the ISU University Archives on behalf of the ISU Alumni Association

On behalf of the Alumni Association, the University Archives will be creating an exhibit that celebrates the association's 150th anniversary. The exhibit will be one of many year-long events sponsored by the Alumni Association that focuses on the creation and development of the association as well as its unique partnership with the university throughout its history. The exhibit aims to educate both the campus community and visiting alumni about the association's important and historic role within the university. The exhibit will also focus on ISU alumni whose passion for the University has turned the campus into a home for past, present and future Redbirds.

picture titled EveningExperiences in Place: The First T.E.A.M. Exhibition
November 5  -  December 14, 2012 -- Milner Library

University Galleries and Milner Library collaborated to present this exhibition.

Experiences in Place: The First T.E.A.M. Exhibition highlights 32 photographs from the T.E.A.M. (Teen Education & Art Mentors) Program. T.E.A.M. is a collaborative effort between area high schools and University Galleries designed to engage teens through the visual arts. Students from Lexington, Olympia, and Tri-Valley High Schools created the photographs presented in this exhibition. Each work responds to themes present in the work of artist Melanie Schiff, whose exhibition, The stars are not wanted now, is on display in University Galleries concurrently with this exhibition at Milner Library.

The primary goal of the T.E.A.M. Program is to foster students' artistic exploration, critical thinking, and community involvement. Experiences in Place... allows students to present their work to a wide audience while demonstrating their personal reflections inspired by themes of contemporary artists such as Melanie Schiff.

Melanie Schiff is a photographer focusing on themes ranging from popular and youth culture, to landscape and the body in her work. Surveying diverse subjects, including still-life, landscape, and portraiture, her art seems to reflect moments suspended between the past and the present. Schiff also seeks to capture and preserve the moments when everyday objects and events come together to create an unexpected or remarkable effect.

Experiences in Place... is the first of three T.E.A.M. exhibitions. The second will take place at Milner Library from March 18 - May 9, 2013, and the final exhibition will occur from May 21 - July 27, 2013 in University Galleries. Ten additional high schools will be involved with the program.

Contact University Galleries to organize a tour of the exhibition: phone 309-438-5487 or e-mail

This project is made possible through grants from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation--Mirza Arts & Cultural Fund and a Town of Normal Harmon Arts Grant.

vintage ISNU pennantRe-living the Celebration: A look back at the themes of ISU’s Homecoming Exhibit
September 15 - October 31, 2012 -- Milner Library

For 91 years, ISU has celebrated Homecoming with a variety of themes covering popular music, movies, and dance crazes.  Showcasing photographs, yearbooks, and memorabilia, this exhibit highlights some of the most popular Homecoming celebrations in ISU’s history.  Re-live the celebration and take a look back at ISU’s Homecoming past.

Curated by the Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives

Contact by email: or by phone: (309) 438-3546  

Trapeze Acts of Bloomington-Normal Exhibit
June 4 - July 16, 2012 -- Special Collections, Milner Library

Emma McKeon, a 7th grader at Tri-Vally Middle School, created this exhibit which traces the history of trapeze performers who used this community as their winter quarters from 1878 to the 1950s. [More information]

Take A Seat Exhibit
May 14 - May 24, 2012

Thomas Metcalf School sixth graders were asked the question "If you could be the most powerful leader of anything real or imaginary, what would it be? Would you be the CEO of outer space? The Queen of Chocolate Chip Cookies?" Students created symbols and designed their chairs to reflect their ideas. Sixth graders used acrylic paint on recycled wooden desk chairs rescued from the newly renovated Illinois State residence halls.

Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience Exhibit
March 28 - May 11, 2012

National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association, and National Baseball Hall of Fame

Kissing the Mask: Contemporary Artists' Books for Milner Library Special Collections Exhibit
April 3 - May 8, 2012 -- Milner Library, Floor 6

The visual, tactile, and aesthetic features of artists' books can serve many unique and purposeful functions beyond that of a vessel for textual content.

Curated by Jenny Hansen, Master's candidate, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

March 14 - April 29, 2012

The ALPHABOOKS! Exhibit showcases student work from the School of Art's Special Topics in Graphic Design course, Spring semester 2012.

The Art of Whimzy, Costume Design by Svetlan Golorko Exhibit
November 28, 2011 - March 31, 2012

Artwork in this Svetlana Golovko exhibit was on loan to Milner Library from the personal collection of Steve Gossard, Circus Curator at Milner Library.

Picture This: Picturing Community One Lens at a Time Exhibit
January 17 - February 28, 2012

University Galleries and Milner Library collaborated to present photographic works by area youth.

Art of Persuasion: An Exhibit of World War II Posters
March 14 - September 30, 2011 -- Milner Library

The exhibit, "Art of Persuasion: World War II Posters from the United States Government, 1941-45,"  showcases a representative sampling of original WWII posters artfully persuading the American people to perform their patriotic duty and make sacrifices for the war. The posters were part of a coordinated attempt by the federal government?s Office of War Information (OWI) to persuade those on the home front to do the right thing whether it meant buying war bonds, conserving resources, working efficiently on the job or in the home, or simply staying silent. These posters serve as an extraordinary primary source documenting the United States during a time of war and are especially significant as we approach the 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.

Thoughts on Democracy: Reinterpreting Norman Rockwell's Four Freedom Posters Exhibit
February 12 - May 7, 2010 -- Milner Library

This exhibit was organized by the Wolfsonian-Florida International University. Sixty contemporary artist and designers responded to the invitation to create graphic works that express ideals at the core of American democracy.

Sponsored by the American Democracy Project and Milner Library

John Adams Unbound Exhibit
September 2 - October 16, 2009

National Endowment for the Humanities

Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America Exhibit
October 16-December 4, 2008

National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association

Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation Exhibit
August 23 - October 5, 2007

National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association

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