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Najjar Abdul-Musawwir - N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir's painting at N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art Najjar is one of 39 artists on exhibit at the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art Main Gallery. 

Inspired by Langston Hughes poem I, too, am America. The exhibition seeks to spotlight the artistic sector in Detroit and its influence building the creative ecosystem throughout the world. I, too, am, Detroit is an exhibition that focuses on diversity and inclusion within the culture of Detroit and beyond. It encapsulates the history of freedom and democracy. 

The exhibition runs July 19 – September 28, 2019. 

Najjar's painting is at the end on the right hand side of the figure sculpture.

Xuhong Shang — Solo Exhibition in Shanghai

"White Shadow" Xuhong Shang 7-28--8-16Xuhong Shang will be presenting a solo exhibition called White Shadow from July 28–August 16, 2019.

The exhibit will be on display at No. 1, Lane 270, Middle Wulumuqi Road, located in the Xuhui District of Shanghai.

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Robert A. Lopez — Emerging Arts Administrator Fellowship

Robert A. LopezRobert A. Lopez, School of Art and Design, has been awarded a 2019-2020 Emerging Arts Administrator Fellowship by the National Council of Arts Administrators. He will be a Fellow for the 2019 NCAA Annual Conference, September 18–21, 2019. 



Najjar Abdul-Musawwir - Visiting Professorship Exchange Program

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir new visiting professorNajjar was invited to participate in the Visiting Professorship Exchange Program in the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw, Poland. Their faculty and students showed respected interest in his class slide lectures on African American art, artists, and art historians.

In addition, Najjar was invited to give an international lecture on his creative research. Special thanks to SIU Africana Studies, SIU School of Art and Design, American Studies Center's administrators, faculty, staff, and students.


Laurel Fredrickson — "Zineb Sedira: De-Colonialism and Creative Acts"

Dr. Laurel Fredrickson published an article on Zineb Sedira in L'Esprit Créateur during Summer 2018. This article explores two culturally and politically important video projection installations by Zineb Sedira (b. 1963, Gennevilliers, France), a Franco-Algerian artist living in London, Paris, and Algiers: Mother, Father, and I (2003; three screens), Retelling Histories: My Mother Told Me (2003; a single screen), and End of the Road (2010; two screens).

Read the article online: http://muse.jhu.edu/issue/38690

Pattie Chalmers — Solo Exhibition: Everyday I Think of You

Pattie Chalmers Every Day I Think About You sculptures

Pattie Chalmers, Associate Professor of Ceramics at SIU

Solo Exhibition: Everyday I Think of You
Red Lodge Clay Center
Jun 7–Jun 30, 2019


Pattie Chalmers — Face Dances Workshop

Pattie Chalmers Face Dances Workshop artwork

Pattie Chalmers, Associate Professor of Ceramics at SIU

Face Dances Workshop
Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
June 10–14, 2019

Five Day Workshop:


Pattie Chalmers — Advanced Student Project Network 2019

Pattie Chalmers, Associate Professor of Ceramics at SIU

Advanced Student Project Network 2019
Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge Montana
May 17–June 4, 2019

Advanced Student Project Network BuildingThe Advanced Student Project Network (ASPN) is a unique residency specifically designed to provide undergraduate artists in a BA or BFA ceramics program with an opportunity to explore new ideas or directions in their work within a group of like-minded, motivated peers. Universities and Colleges from across the US are invited to nominate one advanced (Junior or Senior) student from their program.

The student nominees are then juried by a committee comprised of RLCC staff and one invited juror, who will also attend the residency as a Visiting Artist and mentor. Of these nominees, only five students are chosen to attend the residency in May/June annually.


Mike Stumbras Artwork included in Pairings 2019 Exhibition

Mike Stumbras, visiting artist in Ceramics at SIU has been included in the following exhibition:

Mike Stumbras Ceramic Mug Pairings 2019 Exhibiiton

Pairings 2019
March 1–31, 2019
Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO

Pairings is an event centered on pairing the handmade cup with the handcrafted beverage. Featuring handmade ceramic cups, created by more than 30 local and national artists.

http://www.carbondaleclay.org | @carbondale_claycenter

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir featured in Hannibal Exhibit

Artwork from SIU professor Najjar Abdul-Musawwir's Banjo Series was recently the spotlight of Hagerman Art Gallery's Black History Month Exhibit (Hannibal, Mo.) on Friday March 15, 2019.

In a recent Herald-Whig article, Najjar describes the history behind The Banjo Series:

"'It was created by Africans who were put into slavery who actually made the...instrument called the banjo,' Abdul-Musawwir said. 'It was created with three strings -- horse hair -- any wood they could get their hands on and a piece of animal skin.'

A professor of studio arts and art history at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Abdul-Musawwir said right before slavery was abolished a group of businessmen decided to market five-string banjos, claiming they made it 'more sophisticated.'

'So long story short, when it was time to go north, the African banjo was considered crude and unelevated,' he said."

—Matt Hopf, Herald-Whig

Pattie Chalmers' "Suburbia" exhibited at Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery

Pattie Chalmers Suburbia Flyer(click to view PDF)

Pattie Chalmers, Associate Professor of Ceramics at SIU, has work on exhibit at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Ontario, Canada through March 17. The three-person exhibit Suburbia features Chalmers' ceramic and mixed media tableaux, as well as 365 terra cotta objects inspired by specific individuals in a piece named "Everyday I think of you."

Her exhibition was created to explore where we live and how we define a home with imagery from the mid-20th century.

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir's "Good Negroes" exhibited at Kansas City Kansas Community College

 Najjar Abdul- Musawwir KCKKC FlyerThe Kansas City Kansas Community College is showcasing Professor Najjar Abdul-Musawwir's "Good Negroes" exhibit from January 22–Feburary 28, 2019, with an Artist Talk on Feb 21st.




Najjar Abdul-Musawwir's "Reconstructed/Reconceptualized" on display at SIU University Museum

Najjar Abdul- Musawwir Show FlyerProfessor Najjar Abdul-Musawwir's most recent exhibit is currently on display (January 14–February 28, 2019) at the SIU University Museum's South Hall.

"Reconstructed/Reconceptualized" is a collection of pieces showcasing the history of the banjo with its direct link to African string instruments.



Jiyong Lee featured in Duncan McClellan "TRANSFORM" Exhibit & Reception

round layered glass scuptureProfessor Jiyong Lee will be appearing February 8–10 at the opening of "TRANSFORM," a Florida-based exhibit showcasing the contemporary Korean glass art creations of three field-standouts. Lee's sculptures will join selected pieces by Hyunsung Cho and Joon Yong Kim at the Duncan McClellan Gallery, where they will remain on public display through March 4 in the popular St. Petersburg art hub.

According to the event website, the show's title refers to the exceptionally complex processes used to create these works. The curators cite Lee's intricate craft as exploring "multidimensionality of glass by creating elegantly contemporary multi layered sculptures through cutting, laminating, and carving."

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir's "State of Triple-Consciousness" Exhibit Opening Reception

 Najjar Abdul-Musawwir State of Tripple Consciousness Flyer "Art giving understanding to the importance of knowing one's self..."

On February 9, 2019 from 6:00–8:00 pm, the Student Art & Design Club presents an opening reception for SIU Professor Najjar Abdul-Musawwir's State of Triple-Consciousness exhibit.

The exhibit will be featured at the Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery in Paducah, Kentucky throughout February.

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Jerry Monteith Artwork Selected by Via Partnership

 Jerry Monteith Spider Sculpture SIUJerry Monteith, Professor of Sculpture, has been selected by Via Partnership to show a group of his works from the series Attractors at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport from June–December 3, 2019.




Mike Stumbras included in Reinventing the Classics Exhibition

Mike Stumbras, SIU visiting artist in Ceramics, has been included in the exhibition "Reinventing the Classics – Modern Functional Ceramics Based on Historic Styles: Invitational Exhibition with Mike Stumbras, Blair Clemo, and Melanie Sherman."

The exhibit will be on display December 1, 2018–January 1, 2019 at the In Tandem Gallery (Bakersville, NC.)

Mike Stumbras Ceramic Mugs SIU   Mike Stumbras Exhibition Ceramic Pieces SIU

Publication: December Ceramics Monthly; Laurel of Asheville Magazine


Pattie Chalmers — Ceramics Invitational

Pattie Chalmers, SIU Associate Professor of Ceramics has work included in the following.

Pattie Chalmers Ceramic Plate Artwork

Ceramics Invitational
November 15, 2018–January 4, 2019
Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC

This is an exhibition that brings attention to the diverse approaches used in making ceramic artworks. Each artist has accepted this invitation as a catalyst to create a new body of work for the show.

Pattie Chalmers — Exhibiton at Harvard Ceramics Program

Pattie Chalmers SIU Ceramic Animal Shaped VesslePattie Chalmers, SIU Associate Professor of Ceramics, has work included in Raise a Glass—A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World

October 13–November 26, 2018
Gallery 224 Harvard Ceramics Center
(Cambridge, MA)

This exhibition at the Harvard Ceramics Program is inspired by the Harvard Art Museum's current special exhibition, Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings.



Pattie Chalmers — 22nd National Ceramic Competition

Pattie Chalmers, SIU Associate Professor of Ceramics, has work included in the 22nd San Angelo National Ceramic Competition at San Angelo Art Museum (TX), on display April 20–June 24, 2018

Pattie Chalmers Prairie Sailer with Lusitania sculpture
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts a juried ceramic competition every two years. The competition is open to all artists who are residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This year’s exhibition was juried by Peter Held. Prairie Sailor with Lusitania, a sculpture by Pattie Chalmers was added to the permanent collection of the San Angelo Art Museum as a Merit Award recipient.