Featuring work from 15 regional educators, including ones from Harrisburg and Eldorado, Artspace 304 on Friday will debut the juried exhibition Teacher/Maker, showcasing the work of K-12 teachers who also identify as artists and/or makers.
The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5 at the Artspace Gallery, 304 W. Walnut St., Carbondale. The exhibit will be in place through Sept. 2.
Earlier this summer, Artspace 304 hosted an open call for teachers in Southern Illinois to submit 2D, 3D, and multimedia works. Submissions ranged from artisan chairs and instruments to paintings, quilts, ceramics, and collage.
"We're excited to celebrate the hardworking educators in our community," said Kari Woolsey, Artspace assistant director. "The exhibit will be unique for Artspace 304 because it showcases such diverse artistic practices."
Teacher/Maker presents work from Amber Akes, Levi Biedermann, Jeremy Crawford (Juror), Sara DeNeal, Lisa Janssen, Kristin Jones, Shirley Krienert, Jen Meroe Kennedy, Ashley Dawn Priddy, Jeremy Robbins, Marie Samuel, Joshua Shearer, Nathan Talley, Lea Heller and Courtney Vincent. Participating artists teach in Anna, Carbondale, Cobden, Eldorado, Harrisburg, Marion, Murphysboro and Wolf Lake.
The exhibition will be juried by Jeremy Crawford, an art teacher at Cobden High School. Crawford has taught in Cobden since 2016 and was awarded the School of Distinction honor in 2022 by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) for his work in the classroom and community.
Crawford will determine Best in Show, Second Place and Third Place, which will be announced at the reception on Aug. 5. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three winning artists.
Parking for the gallery and opening reception is available in the First Christian Church parking lot, located at West Monroe Street and South University Avenue.
• Artspace 304 is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information on exhibitions and events, visit artspace304.org/.