Artists Speak at Sunday Afternoon at the Museum

December 18, 2019

The Ella Elizabeth Hise Museum of Regional Art located at Southeastern Illinois College kicked off December with another Sunday Afternoon at the Museum.

On Dec. 1, over 20 guests joined two artists featured in the inaugural exhibit at the museum, Art of our Region: 1930s to 2019. DeSande R and Najjar Abdul-Musawwir spoke about their works and their creative processes.

DeSande R’s had three pieces in the opening show, Self-Portrait in Black Hat and Dreamer, which are both oil painting and Nina Simone which is a linoleum block print.

Abdul-Musawwir’s work, Prestigious Object is a mixed media piece.

Three new shows will begin Jan. 21. The Jesse Rouse Exhibit will be located in the main gallery of the museum while “Inspirations”, a comprehensive look at the work completed by the SIC Senior Adult Class, will be located in the west gallery of the museum. Both shows end on Feb. 23. “Inspired by Art and Nature” by Marie Samuel will take place in the George T. Dennis Visual and Performing Arts Center Gallery and will run through March 27.

The next Sunday Afternoon at the Museum will be held Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. and will host the receptions for all three shows. Jesse Rouse, an artist from the “Inspirations” exhibit and Marie Samuel will be speaking during the event.

The Ella Elizabeth Hise Museum of Regional Art was made possible by a generous gift from retired Air Force Col. William C. Hise and his brother, the late Air Force Brig. Gen. James C. Hise, who wished to honor their late sister Ella Elizabeth Hise, who was a pioneer in art education in Illinois and began her career in Harrisburg Public School. The Museum, located on the sound side of campus, contains three spacious galleries, as well as a beautiful front entrance foyer, classroom/reception area and professional workspace. The mission of the museum is to honor Ella Elizabeth Hise and foster an appreciation for visual arts works, exhibits, programs, and cultural partnerships that celebrate southern Illinois and surrounding region.

Hours of operation for the Ella Elizabeth Hise Museum of Regional Art while SIC is in session are Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., the first Sunday of the month, 1-4 p.m., by appointment and during special events. For more information call 618-252-5400 ext. 2599, email or visit