In addition to its print and online collections, Hewes Library is also home to unique and ever-changing art displays and exhibitions. Len G. Everett Galleries, located on the Upper Level, consist of two galleries, clearly visible from the stairs and the elevator.
In Gallery 203, Monmouth College is the proud caretaker of a distinguished collection of art and antiquities. Our Permanent Collection includes bequests of works of antiquity from the personal collection of James Christie Shields (Class of 1949), traditional woodblock prints from Takashi Komatsu (Class of 1910), works of printmaking from the Carnegie Print Collection, contemporary Japanese prints and paintings from Dorothy and James Schramm, and artwork primarily of the Pacific from W. Stewart Riley (Class of 1945). Selected works from the Permanent Collection are put on display in Gallery 203 as well as in several display cases throughout Hewes Library. A selection of permanent items on display in Hewes Library can be viewed on Art and Architecture in Illinois Libraries website.
Gallery 204 is the larger of the two galleries, making it an appropriate site for the parade of varied and far-ranging exhibitions that visit it throughout the academic year. It showcases not only student artwork, but also exhibitions of regional and national artists. Inquiries regarding the galleries should be directed to the Monmouth College Art Department at 309-457-2108.
Cultural Gems: A selection of treasures, mostly on a smaller scale, from various cultures from the many artifacts in the James Christie Shields Collection.
Portraits European and American: A selection of portraits from both Europe and America from the James Shields Collection.
Greek Italy (Magnum Grecae)
5th Century, BCE
“A pedestal from a monument or a decoration from a building, this relief shows wrestlers in three different positions as well as two warriors, one in a chariot and one on horseback. The figures are primitive—archaic or early classical. Because it came from a Roman dealer, it probably came from Greater Greece in Italy (Magnum Grecae).”
From the personal notes of James Christie Shields, MC Class of 1949, from whose collection this work comes.
Additional items on display:
“Japanese Woodcuts and Ceramics”
“Coptic Christian Art”
“Antiquities with Colors”
“Greek Marble Sculptures” (In the second floor lobby near The Canopus Stone”)
Lessons from Other Times
August 21 – September 22, 2017
Reception: August 25, 3:00-4:30, Gallery Talk: 3:30pm
Painting, the Poetry of Observation
October 2 - November 4, 2017
Reception: Saturday, October 28, 2:00-4:00, Gallery Talk: 3:00pm
Juried Student Art Exhibition
Juror: Gary Carstens, '77
November 15 – December 1, 2017
Reception: November 17, 3:00-4:30, Gallery Talk & Awards: 3:30pm
January 22 – February 23, 2018
Reception: February 23, 3:00-4:30, Gallery Talk: 3:30pm
Monmouth College Art Faculty
March 12 – April 6, 2018
Reception: March 23, 3:00-4:30, Gallery Talk: 3:30pm
Senior Art Exhibitions
April 16 – May 4, 2018