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Visiting Artists and Educators and Community Workshops

Spring 2018

visiting-artist-vatsky.pngWhat do you Notice? Workshop

Presented by Sharon Vatsky, Director of School and Family Programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

(Click image to the left to open full-size downloadable PDF version of the event flyer.)

Date: April 12, 7 p.m.

Place: Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library


Fall 2014

Pictures Making Meaning Workshop - Enrollment Full (Class Closed)

Offered by Dr. Olivia Gude from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Pictures Making Meaning is a 5-6 hour workshop, suitable for art teachers, classroom teachers seeking to build a stronger classroom community through art, and also community leaders. 

Date: September 19th (Friday) 9 am -2 pm

Place: Room 102 of the Allyn Building on SIU campus

Price: $20 for teachers, free for students. Lunch is included

Part I. Morning

Teachers will learn different techniques to identify themes in students’ lives.  They will also learn how to create artistic investigations that will enable students to understand cultural themes. Dr. Gude will share the Spiral Workshop technique that she has developed, and she will also assist participants as they unpack the personal and community stories as well as the mythologies surrounding topics (examples: dirty, cute, money). Identifying and developing ideas for art making also develops a sense of classroom community through shared experiences.

Part II. Afternoon

Teachers and community artists (as well as their students) often feel they must be able to draw realistically to make interesting art that communicates. Dr. Gude will guide participants in exploring how something as simple as cut paper can dramatically affect the emotional content and meaning of pictures through  changes in position, shape, and color. Participants will be introduced to artists (including the Great Migration series of Jacob Lawrence) whose styles of making art enable all to develop narratives that vividly tell life an community stories.

Limited seating to the first 25 applicants.

Spring 2014

Peter London

  • Visiting Artist Lecture:  Thursday, February 20, 2014, 8 pm at Guyon Auditorium, "Joining Heaven and Earth: Towards a new school for a new society at the dawning of the Ecozoic era"
  • Keynote for Art Education Conference:  February 21, 2014, "Art Educators!  Colleagues!  Art just might be more powerful than we have presented it in our classrooms, and the teaching of art certainly can be more transformative than we have been practicing it.  Comrades!  Our past is but prelude to our future!"

Fall 2013

David Edgar Artist and author of...


  • Guest Artist Lecture: Friday Sept. 27, 2013 6-8PM University Museum Auditorium

  • Recycled Art Lesson at Saturday Young Artists Workshop: Saturday Sept. 28, 2013 9-10:30AM
    Allyn 102

  • Demonstrations & Workshops with area teachers & students: ECO Art & Artisan Fair
    Saturday Sept. 28, 2013 11:00AM-5:00PM Faner Breezeway

Spring 2013

George Szekely- April 4 & 5, 2013.


Past Visiting Artist Educators:

Jamie Kruidenier

Marvin Bartel

Daniel T. Barney

Mary Beth Edelson

Making Eye Contact took place on Wed. March 3 2010 on the SIUC campus. An original sound piece composed by Professor Ron Coulter of SIUC played from the bell tower audio system during the performance. Students from the SoAD Art Education program created the shadow head props and students from across campus participated in the enactment of the performance. Two versions of the performance were created by SIUC instructor Gregory Wendt-- one with music only and the other with voice over that explains the process and experience.

About the Artist: Mary Beth Edelson lives and works in New York City. She is an internationally known artist and a keeper of the history of the feminist art movement in the US. Edelson’s recent work centers on providing social space as a platform for art making including: performance, installations, sculpture, critical forums, activist interventions and contemplation.

Edelson's visit was sponsored by the School of Art and Design Visiting Artist Program with partial funding from the Women's Studies Program. This program is part of the Student Fine Arts Activity Fee

Videos of the Making Eye Contact event can be viewed here: and

Lesley Stanick

Paulette Aronson- retired art teaching

Candy Calcaterra -  Counselor at Rebound High School

Patti Wehrich - Counselor at the Women's Shelter

Allen Foryes - retired art teacher

Larry Bernstein - Painting Professor Emeritus, SIUC

Julia Kellman - Professor Emerita of Art Education from University of Illinois Champaign Urbana

Patti Wehrich spoke about her use of art as a healing process with women and children at the Women's Center.

Roger Martin Retired Art Educator, talked about being an educator in the public school system.

Community Workshops

Southern Illinois Art Education Conference
"Within Our Reach"

Friday, February 21, 2014

Visiting Keynote Speaker Peter London

Past Workshops

Playshop with Visiting Artist George Szekely
April 2013



Art Education Workshop with Visiting Artist Marvin Bartel
Fall 2012

Performance Art Workshop with Visiting Artist Mary Beth Edelson
Spring 2010

Soft Sculpture Workshop with Visiting Artist Daniel T. Barney
Spring 2009

Intuitive Art Making Workshop with Visiting Artist Leslie Stanick
Fall 2009

Silk Painting Workshop with Barbara Bickel
Fall 2008

Book Making Workshop with Sally Gradle and Jennifer Kennedy
Fall 2008