Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Jaune Quick-To-See Smith 

Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum

November 2, 2012 – January 27, 2013

Keynote Address: Friday, Nov. 2, 9-10 am, Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall


The exhibition Tribal Diversity presents the works of mother and son artists, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and Neal Ambrose-Smith.   Both artists are deeply connected to their heritage, Smith creates work addressing the myths of her ancestors in the context of current issues facing American Indians while Ambrose-Smith often mixes tribal imagery and humor with current events and political issue.  Both are enrolled Salish, Cree, Shoshone and Metis members from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, Montana.  

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith will give the Keynote Lecture in conjunction with the exhibition featured in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum.



MAPC Outstanding Printmaker: James D. Butler

River Campus Art Gallery

Monday October 15- Monday November 16

Artist’s Talk: Thursday, Nov. 1, 6-7 pm, Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall

James Butler, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Illinois State University, was selected by the Mid America Print Council as this year’s Outstanding Printmaker. The Gallery will showcase an accomplished collection of his work including paintings, drawings and a variety of printmaking techniques in tandem with the 2012 MAPC conference, held this year at Southeast.  Butler has been an active practicing artist for over 40 years.  He works thematically, focusing on subjects that are part of his environment, from interior still life work to landscape imagery, quite often finding beauty in the ordinary.


  Featured Speaker: Jay Ryan, the bird machine, inc.

  Saturday, Nov. 3, 9-10 am, Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall

Jay Ryan has been making screenprinted posters in and around Chicago since 1995, first at Screwball Press, and then (since 1999) at his own shop, called The Bird Machine. Known for his muted colors, ridiculous animals, and more-or-less computer-free design technique, Jay has worked for thousands of bands, including Andrew Bird, the Melvins, Shellac, Fugazi, Flight of the Conchords, Hum, St. Vincent, Low, Mogwai, My Morning Jacket, and his own band, Dianogah, as well as clients such as Patagonia Clothing, Burton Snowboards, and the BBC.

Jay has two books collecting his best poster work, "100 Posters/134 Squirrels" (2005), and "Animals and Objects In and Out of Water" (2009). Outside of work, Jay enjoys bicycling, splitting logs for firewood, and throwing his daughter in the air.

Jay will be speaking about his own route to making posters over the last 17 years, including his design and printing processes, as well as a look at selected "good" prints and some less-than-great posters he has made.