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Artspace 304's monthly newsletter invites you to exhibitions & events, promotes open calls & funding for artists, 
and shares upcoming arts & cultural activities in Southern Illinois.  




Locality Biennial Closes August 11

Visit Artspace 304 to view the Locality Biennial exhibition before it closes on August 11. Locality highlights the rich and diverse talent of our region’s artists and craftspeople. The exhibition showcases 48 artists with artwork spanning many media, styles, techniques, and concepts. 

In addition to the pieces in our main gallery space, we also have "Here There Now Then" showing in the Neil and Mary Ellen Dillard Media and Performance Gallery. The artist, Tyler Horn, captured images for the single-channel video piece from weekly hikes on Trillium Trail for four months in 2021. The piece captures the experience of a single space at different times. 

Artist: Tyler Horn        

Upcoming Exibition: In Line Open August 18

On view from August 18 - September 29 is In Line, an invitational exhibition showcasing artists with the common thread of line running through their artwork.The types of lines that an artist uses speak to their mark making, creative process, and design sensibilities. Use of lines are shared between all art media, with compositional elements overlapping in pen and ink to oil paint to screen printing to carved and incised ceramics. The medium and way of mark making varies by each artist, but their use of line also connects them to each other.

Exhibiting artists are Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Harris Deller, Stephanie Dukat, Rachel Malcolm Ensor, Marcuss Hall, Heather M. O’Brien-Takahashi, and Madeline Steimle

Join us for the reception on Friday, August 25 from 5-7pm. This reception is free and open to the public. For event parking, please use the First Christian Church parking lot, located on S Illinois Ave and W Monroe St. 


Now at The Corridor Gallery

On view now at The Corridor Gallery is the Summer Youth Art Camp Showcase from July 21 – August 18. This exhibition highlights young artists in our region who participated in the SIU Student Center Craft Shop Summer Youth Art Camp programs. It features works from select workshops; Drawing Comic Books 1-3rd & 4-8th grade,  Mixed Media Sculpture  1-3rd & 4-8th grade, Fibers and Printmaking 1-3rd & 4-8th grade.

Visit The Corridor Gallery, located in the Carbondale Civic Center Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 5pm.


ASHSTP's Footloose


A Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. Music by Tom Snow. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Based on the Original Screenplay by Dean Pitchford. Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.

The All Southern High School Theater Project presents Footloose, co-produced by Artspace 304 and SIUC's McLeod Summer Playhouse.

Tickets are available now for shows at McLeod Theater August 3-6. Thursday, Friday and Saturday showtime is 7:30 pm, and Sunday's matinee is at 2 pm. Last year's performances of Grease were near sell-outs. Reserve your seats soon! 

To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top 40 score, and with dynamic new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind. Appropriate for the whole family, the heartfelt story that emerges pits a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

ASHSTP has been an Artspace 304 project for almost 30 years. It is funded by Illinois Arts Council Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, The Neil and Mary Ellen Dillard Fund, Garwin Family Foundation, StraightUp Solar, and the generous donors to our first annual Rising Star campaign. 


Welcome, Carbondale! 2023 Murals Completed

Eurma Hayes Mural, 441 E Willow St

Mural artist Maddie Dieters from Marion, IL designed the mural at the Eurma Hayes Center as a stunning portrait and homage to the founder.

Dieters has completed numerous murals in the Southern Illinois area including Marion, Herrin, Murphsyboro, East Dundee, Belleville, Harrisburg, and Benton. She creates public art in hopes of empowering people to appreciate and participate in creating art.

Artist: Maddie Dieters

Wallace Building, 317 E Main St

Artist: Christine DeShazo

Artist Christine DeShazo created the Wallace Building mural, next to the Woodlawn Cemetery in honor of Carbondale’s history and as a tribute to influential figures of the city’s past. The mural incorporates three portraits including Daniel Brush, the founder of Carbondale, and General John A. Logan, who helped make Memorial Day a national holiday. The third portrait is of Calvin Scott, a much-loved local, playing his bugle in honor of all veterans. Based in Murphysboro, DeShazo  has completed numerous murals in the Southern Illinois area. Her large, intricate images often engage a crew of talented muralists who call themselves the Wall Dogs.

Slabz Skatepark, 609 S Illinois Ave

Antonio Martinez created the vibrant “Owl Mural” on the southeast corner of the Slabz Skatepark. The imagery depicts an atomic and celestial landscape inspired by the 2017 solar eclipse, the Bucky Dome legacy, and the natural environment of Southern Illinois.

The Owl/Eclipse idea represents a rejuvenation/rebirth for Carbondale, gained through creativity and ingenuity, which Buckminster Fuller embodied in his teachings. 

It was essential to Antonio that this mural faces eastward so the public may view the watchful Owl/Eclipse as the sun sets in the west. Another benefit of its position is that the mural is on full display for those riding the Amtrack train or using the biking/hiking path that parallels the track.

Artist: Antonio Martinez

Welcome, Carbondale! is an initiative of the Southern Illinois Mural Project (SIMP), an Artspace 304 program, in collaboration with the City of Carbondale, SIUC, local businesses, and private donors. These three murals were completed by local artists this summer in downtown Carbondale and join our ever-growing outdoor museum of public art.

Hear about new artist opportunities to submit proposals for the Welcome, Carbondale! project and learn about murals as they are completed, by clicking on the following link.


Upcoming Art & Music Events


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The Midwest Sculpture Initiative is proud to organizing six outdoor sculpture exhibits for the 2023-24 Fall Series. Application deadline is August 31, 2023. More details here.

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13th Annual "Our Lives, Our Stories"  African American Women's Health Conference 2023

Conference Date: August 19, 2023, 8am-4pm

Location: Shawnee Community College

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