Posted by Jim Haverstick on October 11, 2017

A collection of artwork exemplifying the many facets of East Asian art will be on display from Thursday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Dec. 8 at the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville.

A public reception featuring artist talks will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.

“This exhibition offers area residents a unique opportunity to see East Asian art and culture,” said Schmidt Curator Nicole Dutton. “They will not only see the beauty of this ancient culture, but form and function as well.”

Richard Sprengeler, a St. Louis area commercial photographer since 1984, transitioned into his current specialty, architectural photography, in 2000. His collection, “China: Past and Present,” showcases the ever-changing architecture of China from ancient temples to modern office buildings.

The Songchun Guild of South Korea shares works of Korean and Chinese calligraphy that honor this highly valued tradition. The exhibition is titled “Traditional Aesthetic and Spiritual Practice: Calligraphy of the Songchun Guild in South Korea.”

“Orientalia: The Art and Influence of East Asia” will feature East Asian artifacts that present decorative, domestic and spiritual items in various mediums and forms from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Museum Collection.

For more information about these exhibitions, The Schmidt, the art center’s calendar of events and arts education programs, visit or call 618-222-5ART (5278).