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2018-2019 exhibitions and events

All events take place in the Centennial Hall Galleries. Museum admission and events are free.

2019 Senior Art Exhibition

April 12-May 11

This exhibition features the Senior Inquiry projects of the Class of 2019 graphic design and studio art majors.

The show will open April 12 and runs through May 11. Museum hours are noon-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Artist talks will take place on May 1 from 10:45 a.m.-11:45a.m. as part of the college's annual Celebration of Learning.

A closing reception will be held from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m May 19.

The 2019 show is the culmination of their college work by six Augustana seniors:

Logan Enstrom, an art and graphic design major from Rock Island.

Taylor Hager, an art and graphic design major from Geneseo, Ill.

Sara Lyon, an art and graphic design major from Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Audrey Mast, an art and graphic design and psychology major from Carroll Stream, Ill.

Jordan Thill, an art and graphic design and psychology major from Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jenny Townsend, an art and graphic design and psychology major from Longmont, Colo.

Romare Bearden, Sorcerer’s Village
Romare Bearden, Sorcerer’s Village, 1972, Color screenprint. Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts Collection Purchase, 2001.26.

Ongoing: Permanent Collection Gallery

The Permanent Collection Gallery on the lower level of Centennial Hall will be open throughout 2018-2019 academic year, featuring works from the museum's collections chosen by the faculty to deepen student learning. 

Previous exhibitions

Five Alumni: Continuing to Create

Aug. 24-Oct. 27, 2018

This exhibition features recent work by five alumni artists invited by the art department. The artists are Audrey Brown ‘92, Mark Hansen ‘00, justin carl hurty ‘05, Drew Starenko ‘83, and John Vande Walle ‘06.

Three free events will be held in conjunction with the exhibition in Centennial Hall.

Mark Hansen, Eight Dozen Eight
Mark Hansen, Eight Dozen Eight, 2011, Acrylic and oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. Hansen is a 2000 alumnus who earned his master's in painting from Northern Illinois University.

An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 24. There will be a reception and artists' roundtable at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1. And at 7 p.m. Oct. 2, hurty will offer a performance.

“Viewing the work these artists have created in the years since graduating offers an invaluable learning opportunity for our current art, art history, and graphic design students,” said Rowen Schusshem-Anderson, professor of art and graphic design at Augustana.

“The range and reach of these visual artists, and their diverse viewpoints, will reveal a distinctive body of work that represents some of the most innovative art in the region and beyond.”


Sven “X-ET” Erixson, Engelbrekt’s Death
Sven “X-ET” Erixson, Engelbrekt’s Death, 1942, Lithograph. Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, Sam and Ann Charters Collection, 2013.18.39.

Världen är liten/The World is Small. Modern Swedish and Swedish American Works

Nov. 16-March 30

This exhibition, which was extended past its original closing in February, highlighted works in the collections by Swedish and Swedish-American artists whose practice brought them into conversation with Parisian Modernism.

The exhibit was in partnership with the Figge Art Museum’s exhibition of "French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950," and was supported, in part, by a grant from the Swedish Council of America. 


Currently on view in the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art’s Centennial Hall galleries is Världen är liten/The World is Small, an exhibition that consists of modern landscapes and figural works created by Swedish and Swedish-American artists in dialogue with Parisian Modernism between the years of 1850-1950, including works by Birger Sandzén, Anders Zorn, Maria Fröberg, and Charles Haag. Contemporary artist Marcos Valella’s project Interlay interrupts the viewer’s experience of the gallery space by infusing some of the counters — the area of a letter that is entirely enclosed by a letter form — with color. A filter of colored counters is interlaid over all of the exhibition text labels, wall didactics, interpretive text, posters, and all related digital materials. (More)

Artist dialogue: Marcos Valella

7 p.m., Wednesday, March 27

Marcos Valella and Claire Kovacs, director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art,  will discuss Valella's work, including Interlay, his current project at the museum.

D.Y. Begay: Evolution of a Weaver

7 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Weaver D.Y. Begay will discuss the evolution of her weaving practice and elaborate on her extensive work with museum exhibitions.

Begay is a Navajo, born to the Totsoni’ (Big Water) Clan and born for the Tachinii’ (Red Running into Earth) Clan people.  D.Y. is a fourth-generation weaver; her unique Navajo weaving style has been handed down through the weavers in her family. Her tapestries reflect the beauty and colors of  Tselani, Ariz., in the Four Corners region of the Navajo Reservation.

Begay has exhibited in many museums including the National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institute, New York City; Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe; Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens, OH; C.N. Gorman Museum, Davis, Calif.; and Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Her lecture is supported by the Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection. 


During the academic year, noon-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, except by appointment.

Call 309-794-7400 or email for more information.


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