Making Our History: Artists Returning Lincoln’s Legacy

The University of Illinois at Springfield is proud to announce “Making Our History: Artists Render Lincoln’s Legacies,” an innovative physical and digital art exhibit funded by the University of Illinois Presidential Initiative: Expanding the Impact of the Arts and Humanities. Presented in collaboration with the UIS Center for Lincoln Studies, UIS Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield Art Association, and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, “Making Our History” is the culmination of a year-long virtual residency project.

Over the past year, twenty artists from Illinois have been in virtual residence with the UIS Center for Lincoln Studies to create twenty original works of art on Lincoln’s legacy under the direction of Professors Graham A. Peck and Brytton Bjorngaard. The art will be exhibited at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, the Springfield Art Association, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library from Thursday, August 11 through Sunday, September 18, 2022. The art will be accompanied by twenty professionally produced short videos documenting the process artistic. and artists’ interpretations of Lincoln’s legacy.

Opening receptions will be held at all three locations on Thursday August 11th. A reception will be held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library from 4:30-7 p.m., the Springfield Art Association from 5-7:30 p.m., and the ISU Visual Arts Gallery from 5:30-8 p.m.

Artists were selected from across the state and their work varies in form, method, concept and perspective. The exhibition will feature original paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, virtual reality, concept and video art. Artists will address the many Lincolns who inhabit our culture and still speak to us: the frontier Lincoln, family man, politician, military leader, emancipator, icon, saint, pop culture figure and the cultural artifact, the Land of Lincoln, and Lincoln’s still resounding political legacy. Visitors to the exhibit will leave with a new appreciation for Lincoln and a new visual and conceptual vocabulary to reflect on his legacy.

The artists participating in the exhibition are William Blake, Julie Cowan, Keenan Dailey, David Hinds, Danny Houk, Larsen Husby, Jordan Fein, Lori Fuller, Industry of the Ordinary (Adam Brooks & Mathew Wilson), Lindsay Johnson, Kelly Kristin Jones , Judith Joseph, Judith Mayer, Alexander Martin, Mark Nelson, Nathan Peck, Don Pollack, Krista Shelton, Corey Smith and Billie Theide.

To cap off the exhibit, Adam IP Smith, Edward Orsborn Professor of American Politics and Political History at the University of Oxford, will speak about Lincoln’s legacy on September 13 in a free public lecture at the ISU. .

All three sites particularly welcome visits from K-12 teachers and their students. After the physical exhibit closes, age-appropriate curriculum proposals that meet state standards will be incorporated into a digital “Making Our History” exhibit to provide teachers across the state with an engaging and engaging curriculum. accessible on Lincoln’s legacy.

The UIS Visual Arts Gallery is located centrally on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, Room 201 (HSB 201). Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Springfield Art Association’s MG Nelson Family Gallery is located at 700 North 4th Street in Springfield. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is located at 112 N. Sixth St. in Springfield. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

For more information, visit the ISU Lincoln Center for Studies website at or the Gallery of Visual Arts website at uis. edu/visual-arts/visual-arts-galleries. Questions can be directed to Graham A. Peck at 217-206-8683 or [email protected], or the UIS Gallery of Visual Arts at 217-206-6506 or [email protected]

UIS Visual Arts Gallery

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM on Thu, Aug 11, 2022