Masks of Transformation Conference

Oct 5-8, 2005

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

We are pleased to announce the Conference Schedule and Registration Information for the international and interdisciplinary Masks of Transformation Conference being held at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from October 5-8, 2005.

On-Line Registration and Schedule Information is available at

We believe the exciting Conference Schedule will provide a wonderful diversity of papers, posters, workshops, performances, exhibitions and mask related events for everyone to enjoy. We have mask makers, vendors, performers and scholars from Nigeria, Sweden, Israel, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, Iceland, Hungary, Greece, Bali, the United Kingdom, and many parts of the United States and Canada coming to share their talents, knowledge and insights with us.

One of our scheduled activities is a tour of the Behind the Mask: Art, Culture & History Exhibition at our University Museum featuring a variety of cultural, historical and artistic masks from around the world. The Contemporary Mask Maker section of this exhibit features the work of over 35 exciting mask makers working in a variety of mediums including wood, leather, paper, plastics, fibers, metal, clay and mixed media. There will be several other Mask and Mask related exhibitions sponsored by local arts organizations, departments and student groups for us to enjoy.

The evenings will be filled with a series of contemporary and cultural mask performances including Ojetunje Ojeyemi performing a Nigerian Ancestor Masquerade, Native American mask performance troupes the Big Sky Collective and the First Salmon Ceremony, and solo performances by Larry Hunt, Torbjorn Alstrom and Rob Faust.

There will be opportunities for everyone to don their favorite masks and join in scheduled performances including the Open Mask Cabaret hosted by Bruce Marrs, our annual Arts in Celebration Festival and a Masquerade Ball featuring a Fashion Show of Masks. Masks will be required to enter the Ball so everyone should pack their favorite mask and costume for this evening of masked entertainment.

Please feel free to forward this information to anyone else you know who may be interested in masks. We look forward to seeing you all in October!

Ronald Naversen
Hilary Chandler
Segun Ojewuyi
Mask Conference Coordinators