Tarble Arts Center

Venue  |  Exhibitions
Grandma's Circle, May 26th, 2013 Environmental Art Installation © Bruton
Tarble Arts Center
Eastern Illinois University
2010 9th Street
Charleston, Illinois 61920
Venue Type: Gallery
Representing Artists
Alpha Bruton
Kit Morice, Curator of Education
Open hours
Tuesday-Friday: 10 am - 5 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm, Sunday: 1 - 4 pm , Closed Mondays & holidays
Free and Open to the Public, fees for performances, classes, and workshops are low-cost, and discounted for Tarble members.


Grandmother’s Circle - A Tribute to Crecy's People and to Sallie Alpha:

An Installation by Alpha Bruton


Alpha Bruton’s installation is a simulation of a ceremonial purification circle, in which objects and images are selected to “serve as cultural mirrors and the sites in which they are situated serve as part of a broader cultural commentary.” The artist has examined cultural signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. She believes that objects in the public sphere serve to communicate and reinforce certain cultural narratives, hierarchies, and social mythologies.


A painter and an installation artist, Bruton synthesizes aspects of theater, sculpture, and other two-dimensional forms. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues internationally, Berlin, Canada, Mexico, Chicago, New Jersey, Baltimore, and on the Western Rim.


Guest artists, contributors to the installation, Caryl Henry Alexander, LA Happy, Talver Germany Miller, Antia P. Lowe, J. Andreas Porras., Myths Stories and Living Tradition,


Bruton is the Tarble Arts Center’s 2013 Arts-In-Education artist-in-residence, and will be in residence at four area schools between Nov. 11 through Dec. 13. The residency is funded by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, by participating schools, the Coles County Arts Council, and Tarble membership contributions. The Tarble Arts Center, a division of the College of Arts & Humanities, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

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