[Meg Bero of Batavia]
The exhibit has a mix of serious material such as a painting by artist Bunky Echo-Hawk depicting students in boarding school juxtaposed with a portrait of Beaver Cleaver, as well as art that is playful, such as a fully beaded skateboard by Angela Sweberg or a tea party of charming animals in bunny slippers by Julie Buffalohead in her piece, "Pity Party."
Located in the Hill Welcome Center Entrance Gallery, the exhibit “Stitches of the Soul/Las Puntadas Del Alma: Story Quilts from The National Museum of Mexican Art" is also currently open through April 26. Since 2008, the women of the community have been meeting to quilt personal stories of family and culture, an album of their lives.
As a university art museum, the Schingoethe Center has a mission of education. The museum is known for its historic collection of American Indian artifacts, mainly donated by the museum’s founders, Martha and Herbert Schingoethe. The ethnographic collection is at the core of the Schingoethe holdings.
The Schingoethe Center of Aurora University is located at 1315 Prairie St. in Aurora. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, staying open until 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The museum is closed Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the exhibits, visit auartsandideas.com.