Solar Eclipse April 8, 2024

Chase the eclipse with Artspace 304

Over the coming year, we will have exciting programs and projects for you to participate in and interact with as a family, with friends, and on your own. Don’t waste a day of this life-changing event. 

Solar Eclipse Related Events

Passing into Shadow

Artspace 304 partnered with SIU Professors Antonio Martinez and Bob Baer to create a 3-dimensional work of art celebrating the 2024 Eclipse, entitled Passing into Shadow. This multi-month, multicultural, multidisciplinary public arts and science project is open to the public from January 25 through April 13, 2024. The installation is made possible by a significant gift from the Simons Foundation. Underwriting by Banterra Bank supports Eclipse-related programming.

The fascinating exhibit pays homage to the imaginative narratives our ancestors created when solar eclipse phenomena confounded their understanding of the natural world. Martinez’s installation includes a sampling of these cultural narratives and images, combined with high-tech photography and scientific facts, which, taken together, demonstrate the event’s significant influence on communities, beliefs, and individuals. Backed by Baer’s scientific background, Martinez uses a series of glass plates to show the solar corona in 3D, as it exists in space rather than the 2D depictions typically seen. Multiple “grottos” contain images and folklore of eclipses from past eras.

Solar Eclipse Weekend Hours:

Saturday 4/6 & Sunday 4/7, 10am – 4pm

Celestial Contrasts

The award-winning Antigone Music Collective brings its talents to the Artspace 304 Gallery on February 17th, alongside Passing into Shadow, the mesmerizing solar eclipse exhibit. Join us at 7pm for Celestial Contrasts. Appearing in different combinations, the four musicians perform works by Alban Berg, Isang Yun, Pauline Oliveros, and Bela Bartok. Antigone Music Collective is a nonprofit organization based in Cincinnati, whose mission is to bring accessible modern music to audiences.

Everything Under the Solar Eclipse at The Corridor Gallery

Everything Under the Solar Eclipse is on view at The Corridor Gallery this March and April. This exhibition showcases artwork inspired by the total solar eclipse coming to Carbondale on April 8. We have 19 Southern Illinois artists exhibiting artwork with pieces from drawing to photography to painting. 

Participating artists: Suzanne Asaturian, Emily Yates, Lisa Tolnai, Hilary Chandler, Heather M. O’Brien – Takahashi, Andi Bloom, Valerie Fry, Calvin Mennyweathers, Kristin Jones, Sam Stace, Dillon Morton, Lauren Clark, Eyde Arndell, Carson Cates, Richard Craven, John Zeman, Meagan Majors, Madalyn Parrish, Connie Farhang

The Corridor Gallery is located in the Carbondale Civic Center. View the exhibition Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 5pm. To purchase artwork, please contact Artspace 304 at or call 618.457.5100

Everything Under the Solar Eclipse is part of Artspace 304’s Total Eclipse of the Art: 2024 Solar Eclipse Programming. These programs are underwritten by our Premier Sponsor Banterra Bank.

Arts Amaze Pre-Conference Reception: A Conversation with Ra Joy

Join Artspace 304 in welcoming Ra Joy, NEA’s Chief of Staff and long-time arts advocate. In town as the Keynote Speaker of the March 9th Arts Amaze SI Regional Conference, Mr. Joy will be joined by John Shaw, Director of Paul Simon Public Policy Institute to record a “conversation” about the arts and humanities and their importance to society, the economy and our humanity. An SIUC alum, Ra Joy is passionate about strengthening rural economies and celebrating their diversity and he maintains that the arts need to be a civic priority. 


The reception goes from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. The conversation will take place early in the evening, leaving time for Q&A, refreshments, and an experience of the highly praised Passing into Shadow, solar eclipse installation. There is no fee, but space is limited, so RSVP is required. 

For those who want to attend Arts Amaze, more information and a link to RSVP can be found at

Deep Space by Kevin Morefield

Join us at Artspace 304, Saturday, April 6 at 2pm, for a solar eclipse and photography lecture titled, “Deep Space” by Astrophotographer Kevin Morefield. A Murphysboro native, Kevin currently lives and works on the west coast. Kevin’s photography reflects what he calls: “The Blurring of Art and Science.” He states: “Much remains to be learned about the Universe, in fact, nearly everything. But also there is beauty. Between the learning and the aesthetic is where lies my interest.”

This event if free and open to the public. Please park in the First Christian Church parking lot, located on W Monroe St and S University Ave. Artspace 304 is open extended hours this Solar Eclipse Weekend: Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.


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