“Illinois in Art and Literature, 1818 to 2017” to be presented Sunday

Illinois 200: Bicentennial eventJoin LLCC’s Academy of Lifelong Learning this Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. for  “Illinois in Art and Literature, 1818 to 2017” presented by Laura Mueller. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Mueller, an art historian and educator, will offer a wide-ranging, slide-illustrated presentation surveying depictions of Illinois and its people in art and literature. It will include examples representing many points in time between 1818 and the present, indicating the countless ways in which Illinois has been represented artistically throughout its history as a state. The presentation will emphasize works of visual and literary art by Illinoisans but will also incorporate works by artists and authors from elsewhere that illuminate significant aspects of life in our state.

Mueller is a teacher and artist who completed a bachelor’s degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago but also pursued graduate study in comparative literature at the University of Chicago. For 29 years, she worked as a lecturer and later as a drawing teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, while she has also taught the humanities and English literature at various colleges.