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 focuses primarily on contemporary visual arts. TAC  presents an annual program of changing exhibitions that feature national and international artists, and supports the growth of young and inspiring artists in collaboration with the Department of Art + Design. The TAC also offers an array of public programs, events and art education in conjunction with community outreach activities. TAC houses a permanent collection of art, featuring contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and works on paper, as well as American Regionalism and Folk Art.

Originally opened to the public in 1982, the TAC is a division of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the through the years has received generous support from Newton E. Tarble and the Tarble Family Foundation, along with member support, annuitants, patrons and EIU alumni. Since 1982, the TAC has undergone two expansions to reflect its growth and dedication to the visual arts and arts education. The TAC is an accredited museum with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), since 2000.

Gallery admission, programs and events are free and open to the public.


Image: Federico Solmi: The Grand Masquerade, 2019, installation view: artworks courtesy of the Artist, Luis De Jesus Gallery Los Angeles, Ronald Feldman Gallery New York and the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation Chicago. Photo courtesy of Tarble Arts Center

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