Tarble Arts Center

Located on the campus of Eastern Illinois University (EIU), the Tarble Arts Center (TAC) is a major arts resource for the people of east-central Illinois and EIU that focuses primarily on the visual arts. TAC presents an annual program of changing exhibitions that feature regional, national, and international artists. The Tarble Arts Center also offers an array of public programs, in conjunction with other educational and outreach activities. TAC houses the university’s permanent collection of art, which features holdings of American Regionalism, Contemporary painting, photography, and sculpture, as well as Folk Art and Modern prints and paintings.

Originally opened in 1982 as a division of the College of Arts & Humanities, now the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Tarble Arts Center was made possible by a generous gift from the late Newton E. Tarble with additional funding donated by EIU alumni, annuitants, and other patrons of the arts. TAC received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2000.

The Tarble has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) since 2001. Accreditation involves a rigorous process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. AAM accreditation demonstrates the Tarble’s commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. Of the nation’s nearly 17,500 museums only just over 1,000 are currently accredited. The Tarble Arts Center is 1 of only 32 museums accredited in Illinois, and 1 of 7 accredited university museums in the state.


Join Tots 4 Tarble on the 2nd Friday of every month from 10–11am.


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Image: In the Eye of the Beholder, 2018, installation view: artworks courtesy of Zoë Buckman and Gavlak Los Angeles/Gavlak Palm Beach; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC New York, NY; Courtesy of Allouche Gallery; and © Laia Abril. Photo courtesy of Tarble Arts Center.

Eastern Illinois University 2010 9th St. Charleston, IL 61920
Rehema C. Barber
Tu-F 10-5; Sa and Su 1-4; Closed Mondays, holidays and during installation periods

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