The Big Picture: Large-Scale Paintings from the 70's, 80's and 90's


9/28/2017 - 11/12/2017, Mon-Sat: 9am-4:30pm, Sun: Noon-4:30pm

$5: Adults 19-64. Free: Members, youth, seniors, veterans

217-558-6696 or 217-782-7386

Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706



When paintings are larger than life size, as opposed to the domestic intimacy generally found in small-scale works, they can dominate a space; they can be awe-inspiring, epic, imposing, and heroic or even evoke a sense of grandeur. These paintings are especially well-suited to the blank backdrops of large gallery walls. Drawn primarily from the ISM Illinois Legacy Collection, this exhibition is a look back at the variety of creative and innovative ways some of Illinois’ finest painters employed large-scale painting during the last quarter of the 20th century.