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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.  


Enduring Passion for Art

September 13-October 21

On view at Artspace 304 is a retrospective of work from 15 members of the Art Colony, a peer-led group of lifelong students of the arts who gather weekly at Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship. While many local artists have participated over the years, the group shares a collective philosophy and approach: to create through a love for art. 

Enduring Passion for Art features paintings, ceramics, collage, and fiber art by Helen Asraf, Laura Basanta, Judy Carter, Kaori Davis, Robert De Filippis, R.T. Elliott, Denny Hays, Sherry Hohman, Joan Juul, Cathy Kline, Lois May Lembcke, DeSande R, Ione Russell, MJ Smerken, and Nila Tanner.

Visions by Yvonne Alderman

August 17-October 14

Featuring wood carvings and mixed media by Yvonne Alderman, Visions is on view at The Corridor Gallery in the Carbondale Civic Center. Her work draws from her experiences growing up on the Blue Ridge and being surrounded by creative women. Paint, paper, wood, and fiber are just a few of the elements Yvonne uses to create her mixed media pieces. The title of the exhibition refers to the pictures that come to mind during her daily routines and serve as inspiration for her practice.

Additional wood carvings by Yvonne are featured on the Artist Showcase wall behind the reception desk at Artspace 304.


Who will be the next Poetry Out Loud champion?

Through educational materials, an online poetry anthology, and a series of recitation competitions, Poetry Out Loud helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history. 

Registration is open for schools and organizations interested in hosting a Poetry Out Loud competition in their community! The program can be completed in 2-4 weeks and fulfills NCTE, Common Core, and National Core Arts Standards. Finalists of local competitions are eligible to compete at the Southern IL Regional Competition, hosted in spring 2023 by Artspace 304, before moving onto state and national competitions.

To get involved and learn more, contact info@artspace304.org.


Spooky season is here!

Carbondale Halloween has two weekends full of frightening fun for the whole family. Join Artspace 304 from 12-2pm on Saturday, Oct 29 for a kids art activity. Come see us (if you dare!) at the patio of 607 S. Illinois to make a spooky self portrait before the Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race! 


Partner with Shop 304

Apply to sell your art and handmade goods alongside other makers from Southern Illinois! Our curated gift gallery features art, ceramics, jewelry, glass, and more. Shop 304 is open Tues-Sat from 12-5; online ordering available.

Shop 304 graphic; illustration of gift shop

Little Egypt Arts Association invites photographers of all ages from Southern IL to submit up to 4 images in 3 categories. Cash prizes will be awarded to top adult and youth entries in each category.

Apply by October 1 »

The University Museum is hosting an open call for female artists (16+) who live within 1 hour of Carbondale. Submit 3 works to be considered for the spring 2023 exhibition. There is a $40 participation fee.

Apply by October 14 »

The Illinois Arts Council Agency is seeking professional IL artists for the 2023 Artist Fellowship Program. Grants of $15,000 & $1,500 will be awarded in: Literature, Media Arts, Music, & Performance Arts.

Apply by November 7 » 


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sept 7-Oct 8 | Stone Soup Shakespeare

Back for their twelfth dynamic season, Stone Soup Shakespeare is offering free performances across the Midwest of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Upcoming evening performances include Scratch Brewery in Ava (9/30), Cape Girardeau Public Library (10/1), and Hickory Lodge Lawn in Carbondale (10/2).

Find a performance »

Carterville Art Stroll 

October 1 | Downtown Carterville

Enjoy an afternoon of arts and craft vendors, strolling singers, live music, and local food at the 2nd Annual Carterville Art Stroll! The event will also host fundraisers for Strong Survivors and the Shawnee Quilt Guild. 

Learn more »

Reception: The Village by M.J. Nickles

October 1 | African American Museum of Southern Illinois

Join artist M.J. Nickles for a reception from 1-3pm and explore the exhibition through October 15. The Village includes paintings that reflect on transformation and create stories of healing, liberation, and the re-imagining of the Black experience.

Visit the African American Museum »

Portraits for Anna Arts Center

October 8 | Anna Arts Center

Help support the Anna Arts Center by making a donation ($5 minimum) and signing up for a black and white portrait made by photographer Caleb Claxton Hale! Donate $25+ and Caleb will credit you the donation amount toward booking a full portrait session in 2023. Portraits can be scheduled by calling Caleb at 618-697-0859.

Visit the Anna Arts Center »

Empty Bowls

October 15 | SIUC Ceramics & the Neighborhood Co-op

Purchase a handmade bowl and enjoy a cup of soup from the Co-op to raise money for the Survivor Empowerment Center and Good Samaritan House in Carbondale. The event runs from 11:30am-1:00pm.

Vulture Fest

October 15-16 | Downtown Makanda

Visit Makanda for a weekend filled with more than 50 artist vendors, local food, and live music at multiple venues!

To support this free, annual tradition in Makanda's Valley of the Arts, Vulture Fest is currently seeking community donations.

View the festival line-up »

African American Museum 25th Anniversary Jubilee

October 21 | Carbondale Civic Center

Support the African American Museum of Southern Illinois for a fundraiser and 25th anniversary celebration. Purchase tickets to enjoy an evening of food, auctions, dancing, and music by King Juba. Table sponsorships are available. 

Purchase tickets »

Project Human X Art Festival

October 23 | Carbondale Town Square Pavilion

Join Project Human X for a free community festival with live music, art/craft vendors, art workshops, food trucks, and more! 

Visit Project Human X »

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

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