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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.  



Exhibition closes: January 6

New pieces on view now!

Don't miss out on your chance to view Years in the Making: The Art of Aldon Addington at Artspace 304 and John A. Logan College! Aldon Addington is a renowned sculptor and educator based in Southern Illinois. The exhibition features a retrospective of sculptural works and ephemera from throughout Addington's career, including 10 new sculptures added to the collection today!

Artspace 304 is also incredibly grateful to receive a permanent sculpture from Aldon Addington. Installed at the Walnut Street entrance, the sculpture is a lasting and welcoming celebration of the arts in Southern Illinois. 


Find something for everyone on your list at Shop 304!

Support local artists when you purchase handmade art, ceramics, jewelry, glass, home goods, and more at our curated gift gallery.

In stock for the season: ornaments, cards, gift bags, and holiday decorations!

Shop 304 is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-5pm at Artspace 304. Order online for pickup »

Partner with Shop 304 - Sell your art and goods alongside other makers from Southern Illinois! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply for Shop 304 »


There's still time to register for Poetry Out Loud! Since 2005, POL has provided more than 4 million high school students with opportunities to master public speaking skills and deepen their appreciation of poetry through a series of annual recitation contests. 

Registration is open for high schools interested in hosting a Poetry Out Loud competition in January! Teachers have access to engaging lesson plans and an online poetry anthology. Finalists of local competitions are eligible to compete at the Southern IL Regional Competition, hosted in February 2023 by Artspace 304, before moving onto state and national competitions.

To get involved, contact info@artspace304.org.

In the News: Foreground Rural Initiative to Support Cultural Programs in 19+ Illinois Counties! 

Artspace 304 is honored to be one of 27 inaugural grantee partners of the Foreground Rural Initiative with Illinois Humanities. This exciting, three-year initiative provides critical funding and resources to expand access to arts and humanities in rural and small towns in Illinois.

We'll be sharing more information about our project in the new year! Read about the initiative and grantees »



The Stage Company is hosting auditions for the upcoming production of Clue! Actors 15+ should prepare for cold readings at the audition. Clue will be performed at the Varsity Center on January 27-29 & February 2-5.

Auditions Dec. 5 & 7 »

The Gallery of Fine Arts at Fontbonne University is hosting a free call for artworks that are inspired by religion and spirituality. Spiritual Visions is an juried exhibition that celebrates the diversity of all religious beliefs.

Apply by January 1 »

Perspective Gallery is accepting submissions for their 13th annual juried, international exhibition of fine art photography. There is a $40 entry fee for submitting 5 images that have been created within the past 5 years.

Apply by January 11 » 

Applications are now open for 2023 Vision and Action grants from Illinois Humanities. Nonprofit organizations in IL are encouraged to submit proposals for innovative humanities projects.

Apply by January 17 »



SIU Holiday Craft Sale
December 1-3
SIUC Student Center

Head to the first floor of SIUC's Student Center to browse an array of handmade items and local products from 80 vendors. Student organizations will also sell goods to benefit their departments and groups. Free admission & parking!


The Photography of Prehistoric & Natural Wonders of Southern Illinois

December 3
Carbondale Public Library

Hear from local author and photographer Mike Chervinko about his experiences photographing in Southern Illinois. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk. The event is also available to attend virtually. 

Quilted Ornament Workshop
December 3
Crafted Murphysboro

Learn to make a no-sew ornament for the holidays! Led by Sarah Junk and Crafted Murphysboro, the class will last 2 hours and costs $20 (all materials included). Pre-registration is required.

Southern Illinois
Alternative Gift Fair

December 4
Carbondale Civic Center

Purchase handmade crafts, art, and food items while supporting local nonprofit organizations! The 17th annual event is sponsored by the social action committee of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship. A donation of non-perishable goods is requested for admission; all food donations will benefit regional food assistance programs.

Santa in the Park
December 5 & 7
Evergreen Park & Attucks Park

Join the African American Museum of Southern Illinois for their 20th annual Santa in the Park at 2 locations. Pick up hats, gloves, and treats starting at 6pm!

Vendors in the Vines
December 10
Alto Vineyards

Shop handmade gifts and products from makers in Southern Illinois from 12-6pm at the tasting room of Alto Vineyards! Available goods include bath & beauty items, jewelry, food, crafts, and more. 

Little Women
December 8-11
SIUC McLeod Theater

Enjoy a musical adaptation of the classic American novel from SIUC's School of Theater and Dance! The opening night (12/8) will include an ASL interpreted performance. The matinee (12/11) will feature a pre-show discussion of Little Women by Associate Professor and Writing Studies Director Jane Elizabeth Dougherty.

Exhibition of Joan Skiver-Levy & Fundraiser for LEAA
Through December
Little Egypt Arts Association

View a retrospective of oil, watercolor, acrylic, collage, ink, and charcoal work created by Joan Skiver-Levy. The exhibit is also a fundraiser, with 50% of sales donated to Little Egypt Arts Association.

The Lights at Cedarhurst

November 19-December 31 | Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

One million+ holiday lights will transform the museum campus into a winter wonderland with 10 dazzling light features installed along a 3/4 mile walking loop. Enjoy food trucks, fire pits, seasonal drinks, and more! Tickets ($5-15) also include admission to Cedarhurst's 5 galleries.


Artspace 304
304 W Walnut St  | Carbondale, Illinois  62901
(618) 457-5100 | info@artspace304.org

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