The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum at is celebrating the opening of a new exhibit, “Reflection,” on Friday, April 6. The opening reception is being held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. The public is invited for refreshments, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

“Reflection” is the ninth exhibit in the museum and will feature the talent of 16 alumni of the LLCC Art program, their continued connection to the college and the faculty that inspired them.

The alumni with art featured in the exhibit and their hometowns are Carrie Beard, Springfield; Denise Blakeman, Taylorville; Sharon Carter, Springfield; Ashley Dickey, Chatham; Adam Dupuis, Chatham; Jessica Gottstein, Springfield; Amanda Greive, Edinburg; Bryon Hartley, Chatham; Kyle Kirkpatrick, Rochester; Nino LoGrasso, Springfield; Brittney Leach, Athens; Lindsey Marr, Jacksonville; Maggie Michael, Nokomis; Jeff Miller, Beardstown; Jordan Minder, Rochester; and John Romang, Rochester.

The artwork covers a variety of media, including oil and ink on panel, oil on canvas, silk screen, ceramic, glass, photography, video and a three-dimensional working arcade game.  Many pieces of the artwork will be for sale.  The exhibit will run through May 18.

A sample of artwork the museum’s namesake, Phil Trutter, will also be on display.  The Springfield architect had a lifelong interest in art and took art classes at LLCC in his 70s.  Mr. and Mrs. Trutter’s collection of art and artifacts from their worldwide travels was donated to the college in 2000.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call at 217.786.2217 or e-mail llccfoundation@llcc.edu.  The Trutter Museum's formal hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or anytime by appointment.  It is located in the Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.

The Trutter Story

From the 1940s to the 1970s, Springfield natives Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter, traveled the world.  From the hundreds of countries and principalities they visited around the globe, they began collecting a vast array of art, artifacts and cultural items of interest.

After Mrs. Trutter’s death in 1977, Phil continued collecting items and further nurtured his love of learning by taking art classes at Lincoln Land Community College.  A friendship between a member of the college’s art faculty and Phil lead to his vision for a museum that would share the couple’s affection for learning and travel.

Upon Phil’s passing in 2000, the family bequeathed much of the collection to Lincoln Land Community College along with a generous stipend to establish the museum on the college’s Springfield campus. The Trutter Museum opened in 2004 and is administered by the LLCC Foundation as a unique and treasured legacy left to benefit students, faculty and the community.

Lillian Scalzo artwork on display in LLCC Library

18 items donated to Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum collection

The Library at Lincoln Land Community College is hosting a display featuring six pieces of original artwork by the late Springfield artist, Lillian Scalzo. The display is open to the public on the first floor of the library, located in Sangamon Hall.  Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

These works are among 18 items recently donated to the collection at the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum by Denise Eilers of Davenport, Iowa, including original artwork and copper enameled items.

Miss Scalzo, a longtime friend of Eilers’ family, spent her life devoted to art. She taught and was involved in the development of the art department at Springfield Junior College from 1929 until it was discontinued during World War II, then went on to illustrate medical pamphlets for the State Department of Health. She began teaching painting in 1936 at the Springfield Art Association and continued through much of her life. The Springfield Art Association was a shared interest between Eilers’ parents, Paul and Minnette Fuhrmann, and the Trutters. “From the time we were children, my brothers and I knew the Scalzo and Trutter names. The painting ‘Mother and Child,’ featured in this display, hung in our home as long as I can remember. Because of my family’s connection with both Lillian and the Trutters, the LLCC museum seemed like the perfect place to donate and preserve the work of such a talented lady.”

For more on Lillian Scalzo, click here.

~ Trutter Museum Hours ~

Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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