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Artspace 304 announces the opening of Teacher/Maker on Friday, August 5

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Artspace 304 announces the opening of Teacher/Maker on Friday, August 5. Featuring work from 15 regional educators, Teacher/Maker is a juried exhibition that aims to showcase K-12 teachers who also identify as artists and/or makers. An opening reception will be held from 5-7pm on August 5.

In June and July, Artspace 304 hosted an open call for K-12 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, 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 August 5. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three winning artists.

Teacher/Maker will be on view at Artspace 304’s Main Gallery from August 5 to September 2. Parking for the gallery and opening reception is available in the First Christian Church parking lot, located on W Monroe St and S University Ave in Carbondale.

Artspace 304 is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5 pm. For more information on exhibitions and events, please visit the website at artspace304.org/.

Marissa Diekhoff
Communications & Engagement Manager
Artspace 304
304 W Walnut St


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