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Fiber Arts Club exhibit their parade puppets at The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

What do puppets, museums and Illinois School students have in common?  

The 2017 - 2018 Fiber Arts Club has been given the great honor to exhibit their parade puppets at The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. Students created the puppets during a year long in-depth collaboration with the Matteson Public Library.  These talented young artists marched in the Village of Matteson’s Memorial Day Parade proudly displaying two seven foot puppets--a knight in shining armor and a princess with flowing brown braids.

The exhibition, entitled “Living Objects: African American Puppets,” runs from

Oct. 25, 2018 through April 7, 2019.  It features the history of African Americans and the roles that puppetry played in society from slavery to the present.  The opportunity to participate in this historical storytelling is an accolade which will cement these young artists in the world of art history long after the exhibition ends.      

BIMP is a public museum located at and operated by the University of Connecticut.  It houses one of the three largest and most prestigious puppetry collections in the United States. Its permanent collection has over 2,500 marionettes, glove puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppets, body puppets and stage materials from across the world.


The students’ hard work and dedication has brought them to a new level of excellence.  Congratulations!