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C&P Happenings

Adding to the intellectual intensity of life in C&P is our series of screenings, exhibitions, and visiting artists. The C&P Art Gallery showcases the creative work of faculty, students, and visiting artists; and occasionally work curated from outside the University.  Film Fridays, funded by the Fine Arts Activity Fee, brings in screenings, artists and inter-media performances. All programs begin at 4:00 PM; are followed by a discussion; and are free and open to the public.


Film Fridays, March 30:  Michele Leigh will screen The Commune (Elizabeth Fies, 2009).  The filmmaker will join the discussion via Skype after the film. Communications 1116, 4-6PM.

Cade Bursell (Professor, Cinema and Photography) opens Arboreal: A work in progress installation in the C&P Art Gallery, March 21st to mark the International Day of Forests.  Exhibit to continue till March 31st. Meet the artist at work, bring your stories on paper or pics to be sewn into a book: 3/24 & 3/27: 3-4 PM, 3/29 12-1:00 PM, 3/30 1-2 PM;  Reception, 3/23:  6:30-9:00 PM. 

Our Spring series of Film Fridays begins with Associate Professor, Sarah Lewison (Radio TV Digital Media) presenting on two films by Terence Nance: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2013) and They Charge for the Sun (2016). Friday, March 23rd Communications 1116, 4-6PM

Spring is always a busy time in C&P.   This year we celebrate 40 years of the Big Muddy Film Festival (screenings at various venues around town) and 26 years of the Annual Department of Cinema and Photography Exhibit  at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL.

Photogenesis is proud to host Justyna Badach as Visiting Artist and juror for Lux Badach will present her series, Bachelor Portraits on February 28th, 5:30-6:45 in Communications 1116 (aka Soundstage).

Reggie Brown, SIUC alum and former Black Panther member spoke on his book, A View from the Inside: On the Front Line of Afro-American Liberation (Saluki Publications, 2017), recounting his days at SIUC and life subsequently.  Feb. 9th, Guyon Auditorium Morris library, 6-8 PM.  Our current students at WSIU River Region Evening News report here

SLEEP: The Art of Sleep an Exhibit curated by Professor Rob Spahr, including work from C&P, Psychology, Communications Studies and Microbiology will be on display in the Cinema and Photography front display and gallery space from 11.13.17 - 01.31.18.  Opening Reception: Friday 11.10.17, 5pm-7pm.


Film Fridays, November 3: Film screening,  Forbidden : Undocumented and Queer in Rural America (Moises Serrano, 2017). Communications 1116, 4-6PM. Cade Bursell

Ron Gould (B.S., 1972), now owner of  Ron Gould Studios visited campus on October 5 & 6.  Hosted by Dan Overturf, he talked about his life as a professional photographer, his art,  and critiqued student work.

Film Fridays, October 13:  Screenings of a selection of films from Radical Media Conference held in New York in summer 2017.  Communications 1116, 4-6PM.  Angela Aguayo

Call for submissions, C&P Gallery and Front Display:   The Art of Sleep:  An Exhibit, curated by Robert Spahr.  Submission deadline is October 15.

Visiting Artist, October 30: Preston Rescigno,  Photographer whose work explores the ephemeral and ethereal, using the smartphone’s ability to record moving and still images and sound.  His work deals with the traditional still image, as well as new ways images are now consumed in emerging media such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.  Communications 1116: 7PM.

Film Fridays, September 29:  Film Screenings:  Animation Shorts by the Brothers Quay.  Communications 1116, 4:00-6PM. Michele Leigh

Film Fridays, September 22: Screening My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2008) and discussion with Jennida Chase.  Communications 1116, 4:00-6PM.

Professor Dan Overturf's intensive summer class on Landscape Photography is featured in the Southern Illinoisan.

Dr. Walter Metz mentors Kennedy Joseph & Davey Peppers in developing film reviews that are braodcast over WSIU.  Listen to freshman Davey Peppers'  review of Logan (James Mangold, 2017) 

Photogenesis is proud to host Tom Guthrie as Visiting Artist and juror for Lux Guthrie's presentation, Virutal Beth and the Missing Piece is scheduled on March 30th from 4-5:15 PM in the Soundstage (Communication 1116)

The Annual Department of Cinema and Photography Exhibit (students, staff and faculty) returns to the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL. Organized thematically around “Small Town,” the Exhbit will run from February 18-April 30, 2017.  Public Reception: February 20th, 6:30 PM.

The Richard Blumenberg Screenwriting Award is calling for submissions.  Our alum jurors this year are Milcho Manchevski and Elisa Herrman. Deadline for submissions March 20, 2017.  For details contact: rwrowley@siu.edu

The Little Muddy's call is out for student work in film, video, photography.  Deadline for submission is March 29th and the screening will be on April 7th, 6:30 PM at the Guyon.

Visiting Artist, Chris Harris will screen his work on March 6, 2017 at 6:30 PM in Guyon Auditorium.  Harris' award-winning experimental films include a long take look at a post-industrial urban landscape, an optically printed and hand-processed film about black outlaws, a pinhole film about the cosmic consequences of the sun’s collapse; a macro lens close up of a child’s nightlight and a double projection film about a theme park performance of Christ’s Passion.  Harris recently completed two multi-screen HD video installations that reenact and reimagine the slave daguerreotypes commissioned by Louis Agassiz in 1850. 

His work has screened at festivals, museums and cinematheques throughout North America and Europe including the 2014 Artists' Film Biennial at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London,the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2005, 2008, 2010), the VIENNALE-Vienna International Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Leeds International Film Festival (2007, 2009), the San Francisco Cinematheque and Rencontres Internationales Paris among many others. Cosmologies of Black Cultural Production: A Conversation with Afrosurrealist Filmmaker Christopher Harris was published in the summer 2016 issue of Film Quarterly.

The 39th Big Muddy Film Festival starts with a pre-festival screening of War Films at Guyon Auditorium, 6 PM, Monday, 2/20.  Our jurors this year are:  Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat, Alrick Brown, and Ines Sommer.  The festival runs through 2/22-2/26. Click here for schedule and information 


Pollination, a show of work across two classes -- Prof. Jennida Chase’ MFA Graduate Seminar: Performance, Installation, and New Media) and Prof. Laurel Fredrickson’s Art and Design D 597C: Graduate Seminar: Performance, Installation, and New Media) on Friday, December 9th, 2016 from 6-9PM at Carbondale Community Arts located at 304 W Walnut St, Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Film Fridays will screen Gary Maddin's The Forbidden Room (2015), Friday December 2, 2016 at 4PM, Comm 1116 (Soundstage). Free and open to the Public.

Confluence:  C&P faculty and students joined three other schools: Tulane University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and The College of New Jersey during the last weekend in April at SIU for the Confluence Symposium http://art.tcnj.edu/2016/05/12/students-examine-what-being-local-means/

 Expanding Media Symposium, 2016Opening Reception, Friday, April 29th, C&P Gallery will showcase the collaborative work between SIUC, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Tulane, and The College of New Jersey. The weekend will feature 365 degree VR narrative video workshop; a workshop sound mapping Carbondale; and a Carbondale community digital archive workshop. For more information contact jchase@siu.edu.

The Big Muddy Crew Presents Little Muddy Film and Media Festival at Guyon Auditorium. From 7:00-9:00PM, Friday, April 29, 2016. The LMFF celebrates the creative works of undergraduate and graduate students. Submit your cinema and photographic work by April 15th. Read more.

Steve Nozicka (BA, 1982) shared his experiences with students and led a lighting workshop on March 5th 2016. Steve is a commercial photographer based in Chicago.

Stacy Steers will be presenting her work on Tuesday, April 12th 2016 at Guyon Auditorium. 6:30 PM. This event is funded by the Fine Arts Activity Fee.

The Annual Department of Cinema and Photography Exhibit (students, staff and faculty) at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL. The 2016 Exhibit, organized thematically around “Mythology,” will run from Feb 20th--May 1, 2016. Public Reception: February 20th, 6:30 PM.  

La Operaciaon (Ana Maria Garcia, 1982), a documentary film about the forced sterilization of women in Puerto Rico will be screened on February 19th 2016, Guyon Auditorium at 4:00PM.  

Aspen Hochhalter offered an Artist Workshop in Alternative Processes and Darkroom Lith Printing on Friday, February 12th 2016. Hochhalter will also serve as the guest juror for Lux: A fine arts photography journal published by our department.

Alma Leiva, an artist who works at the intersections of installation, performance, video and photography created the following during her visit in Spring 2015.