Tarble Arts Center

The Tarble Arts Center is the teaching museum on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. Artist-led and artist-run, the Tarble presents an annual program of rotating exhibitions that provide experiential encounters with art of international significance and local relevance. An onsite Education Lab, Design Lab, and Collections + Exhibitions Lab are hubs for interdisciplinary activity, positioning art as a primary tool for research, advancing knowledge, and interpreting the world we live in. The outcomes of this experimentation produce projects, publications, and opportunities that reach EIU students, community members, regional partners, and international collaborators both in the museum and wherever they are. The Tarble’s ongoing stewardship of a permanent collection of contemporary art, American Regionalism, and folk art provides opportunities for study and reflection to students of all ages.

A division of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Eastern Illinois University, the Tarble has received generous support from Newton E. Tarble and the Tarble Family Foundation, along with member support, annuitants, patrons, and EIU alumni. Since its opening in 1982, the museum has undergone two expansions to reflect its growth and dedication to the visual arts and arts education, receiving museum accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in 2000.

Indoor galleries are closed until Fall 2021, but outdoor grounds and digital spaces are open to the public. All visitors must follow university protocol for social distancing and face coverings.

Image: Basso Images: Charleston Reframed by Zlatko Ćosić and Brad Decker, installation view. Artwork courtesy of the artists. Photo courtesy of Chris Kahler.


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