Remembering Lincoln's Time

The Prairie Art Alliance will be hosting a series of events in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Lincolns death and funeral. Come experience art inspired by Lincoln's time.


All events are free and open to the public.


Special Events:


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015 - 6:00 p.m. 

at the Prairie Art Alliance Gallery in the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  

Seating is limited to 75. Please arrive early to secure a seat.


It was a simpler time. Live music was arguably the most commonly embraced performing art. There was no recorded sound, so families and friends regularly sang and played their favorite music together. As the Civil War began, musicians and their songs quickly found a place near and on the battlefields. Christian McWhirter tells stories of the importance of music and the fondness people felt for tunes that seemed to express their feelings amidst the dramatic events of the day. 


SPEAKER: Christian McWhirter is the author of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War. His writings have appeared in several publications, including the New York Times and the Civil War Monitor. He is an assistant editor for The Papers of Abraham Lincoln here in Springfield and serves as editor for the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association. He also maintains a blog, Civil War Pop. 



MUSICIANS: Wild Columbine features Megan Turner on Violin, Sally McDaniel Smith on Flute and Whistle, and Bill Furry on Mandolin and Guitar. Wild Columbine has been playing together in different incarnations for about six years. Their repertoire includes 19th century American dance music, folk songs and ballads, Celtic melodies, and contemporary music from the British Isles. 



Gallery exhibitions:  

In Lincoln's Time 

Featuring the work of the Prairie Art Alliance Artists 

Exhibition Preview:  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Exhibition:                 May 1 - June 18, 2015

Reception:                Saturday, May 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm


In observance of the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln's Funeral, Prairie Art Alliance artist members have been encouraged to take inspiration from the life and times of our 16th president and his impact today. Come visit the exhibition to see our artists take on this theme.


Natural Inspirations 

Featuring Hugh Henderson (ceramics) and Lonnie Douglas Cain (Oil and Acrylic)

This exhibition will feature the works of Prairie Art Alliance members Hugh Henderson and Lonnie Douglas Cain. The gallery will showcase the art of the Prairie Art Alliance Members in painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and more. 


Exhibition:                  May 1 - June 18, 2015

Exhibition Preview:   Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Reception:                  Saturday, May 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm





Opening reception for "In Lincoln's Time" and "Natural Inspirations" May 2 at Prairie Art Alliance Gallery


The Prairie Art Alliance Gallery will celebrate its latest exhibition "In Lincoln's Time" and featured artist exhibit, "Natural Inspirations" on Saturday, May 2, with a reception from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the H.D. Smith Gallery located inside the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South 6th St. The public is invited to attend this free reception, sponsored by Elaine Birtch, Delinda Chapman, and Don and Sheri Ramsey.

The evening begins with Art Talks featuring Lonnie Douglas Cain and Hugh Henderson from 5:30 - 6 p.m. in the LRS Theatre. These informal interviews provide interesting insight about the artists and their work. 


The "In Lincoln's Time" and "Natural Inspirations" exhibits, on display through June 18, feature artwork by Lonnie Douglas Cain (Oil and Acyrlic) and Hugh Henderson (Ceramics). The gallery also showcases paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and more from its 85 juried artist members. 


 Prairie Art Alliance Gallery in the Hoogland is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 - 7 p.m., with extended hours through intermission of all LRS Theatre shows. For more information, call (217) 544-2787 or visit



About the Prairie Art Alliance 

The Prairie Art Alliance is a non-profit organization in Springfield, Illinois committed to fostering community awareness and participation in the visual arts. Its mission is to serve the public through exhibits, classes and community outreach programming, and to encourage the development of member artists. It began in 1979 as an artists' support group called the Women's Art Alliance. In 1995 the name was changed to the Prairie Art Alliance to reflect the admission of male artists and Associate Members. Since 2004, the vibrant organization has been based in the Hoogland Center for the Arts, where it showcases member artwork in the H.D. Smith Gallery and conducts classes for artists and the public in its classroom studio, as well as outreach classes in the community. For more information visit

Media Contact
Corrin McWhirter
Gallery Director