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The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum at Lincoln Land Community College invites the public to the new exhibit “L. Philip Trutter: A Retrospect of Art and Architecture, 1913-2000.” The museum is located in the Trutter Center on the LLCC campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
The museum is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (when the college is in session) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment by calling 786-4510.
The anniversary exhibit, commemorating what would have been Mr. Trutter’s 100th birthday last month, includes historical photos of his architecture projects in addition to his personal architectural tools. Other display items include Mr. Trutter’s own artwork, representing nine different art mediums including his one-of-a-kind handmade puzzles for which he was known, plus interview excerpts featuring his thoughts on growing up in Springfield, his art and architecture.
“Mr. Trutter was a lifelong learner, and we are pleased to feature this special exhibit recognizing his 100th birthday as well as his commitment to education, architecture and the community,” said Karen Sanders, executive director of the LLCC Foundation.
A graduate of Springfield High School, Springfield Junior College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mr. Trutter was the architect for Springfield’s Municipal Building, Capital Airport, Griffin High School, all city middle schools along with several area schools, and the Hope School (now Hope Institute for Children and Families) campus, for which he was known nationally. Mr. Trutter was a lifelong friend of LLCC, having taken several art classes from Professor Jack Madura. His wife, Mary Kathryn Whilms Trutter, or “Kitty” as she was known, was also a graduate of Springfield High School, as well as from Monticello College and the University of Iowa.
The Springfield natives travelled the world from the late 1940s through the mid-1970s. Mrs. Trutter passed away in 1977. The Trutter Collection, including more than 3,000 artifacts and cultural items, the largest foreign coin collection locally, slides and photos, family archival papers, films and artwork, was bequeathed to the college following Mr. Trutter’s death in December 2000. In addition, Mr. Trutter donated $1.5-million to LLCC to establish and maintain the museum, as well as several scholarships.
Co-curators of the exhibit are Christine Ramirez-Campbell, Trutter Museum coordinator, and Irene Boyer, registrar for decorative arts at the Illinois State Museum. The retrospective exhibit will be on display through July 2015.