The Library at Lincoln Land Community College will host a display featuring six pieces of original artwork by the late Springfield artist, Lillian Scalzo, beginning Sept. 30. 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.
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.”
The display of new items from the Trutter Collection coincides with the opening of a new exhibit at the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum on Sept. 30 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. “Trutter: Black and White” features black and white photographs of architectural projects of Phil Trutter and his associates during his 26-year career. Photographs were taken by seven members of the Springfield Camera Club. The exhibit will also feature black and white items from the Trutters worldwide travels.
For more information on the Trutter Museum, call (217) 786-2217.