visual arts

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 6:00pm
IMC Gallery

Featuring Artists:

Amy Wang
Catherine Norcott
Jesen Tanadi
Katie Zazenski
Site Li
Travis Hocutt

Plato’s theory of pure forms introduces the idea that every object is related to an ideal version of itself through degrees of purity or perfection. Pure forms do not exist physically in our reality. All objects are related to their pure form. Geometric forms are a perfect instance of this concept in that the idea a perfect geometric form is vital our basic understanding of mathematics. However, in its translation from the conceptual to the physical the geometric form can never be perfect, it is only a referent to the perfect, or understood form. Even as such, geometric forms pervade the world of the scientific; existing to comprise the machinery and instruments which allow us to expand our knowledge and understanding.

Artworks occupy a similar conceptual space, where it is understood that they exist both as physical objects but also as references to a deeper meaning. This collection of works from the collection of Travis Hocutt, hopes to illuminate the ossilation of a work between object and conceptual place-holder.

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 6:00pm
Insitute 4 Creativity, 111 S. Walnut St (2nd floor), Champaign, IL

Join us for a Friday the 13th Happy Hour with an Opening Reception for a photography exhibit by talented naturalist and photographer Lance Merry (www. lancemerry.com).

Enjoy a photographic journey examining natural treasures off the beaten path. Within this 30+ image exhibit, you can dive underwater to witness fish interactions rarely seen, wade through bogs to see the best of orchid flora, and discover the complicated lives of salamanders. The exhibit will run through the end of the month.

Free admission. All ages.
Beverages will be available for donation.

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 7:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Join the Spurlock Museum staff for an evening of refreshments and gallery exploration in celebration of our spring Campbell Gallery exhibit. A performance of Indian music will be performed by Manny Bedi (tabla) and Gurinder Negi (acoustic guitar). Time: 7:00-9:00 PM. Cost: Free Admission

Exhibit Description:
Quiltmaking is an integral and vital part of South Asian culture. Much the same as here in the West, quilts serve both functional and symbolic purposes. They provide warmth as well as a comfortable place to sit; and they also commemorate special occasions and tell the stories of the lives of their makers. The seams that bring together different pieces of fabric in a quilt also represent the seams that bring together this vast region—its people, its cultures, and its shared tradition of extraordinary textiles. This exhibition is made possible through funding from the Robert and Ardis James Foundation and the Nebraska Humanities Council & Nebraska Cultural Endowment. The Spurlock Museum’s changing exhibits are made possible through a gift from Allan C. and Marlene S. Campbell and supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
The exhibit will be on display Tuesday, February 17–Saturday, August 1. The exhibit is open Museum hours: Tuesdays 12-5, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9-5, Saturdays 10-4, and Sundays 12-4.

Friday, April 10, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, August 1, 2015 (All day)
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Quiltmaking is an integral and vital part of South Asian culture. Much the same as here in the West, quilts serve both functional and symbolic purposes. They provide warmth as well as a comfortable place to sit; and they also commemorate special occasions and tell the stories of the lives of their makers. The seams that bring together different pieces of fabric in a quilt also represent the seams that bring together this vast region—its people, its cultures, and its shared tradition of extraordinary textiles. This exhibition is made possible through funding from the Robert and Ardis James Foundation and the Nebraska Humanities Council & Nebraska Cultural Endowment. The Spurlock Museum’s changing exhibits are made possible through a gift from Allan C. and Marlene S. Campbell and supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
The exhibit will be on display Tuesday, February 17–Saturday, August 1. The exhibit is open Museum hours: Tuesdays 12-5, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9-5, Saturdays 10-4, and Sundays 12-4.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 1:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

The Museum is collaborating with the UIUC Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) and Asian American Cultural Center for a family Museum event to celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day. Gallery activity areas include a Chinese painting demonstration, a station where children can have their name written in Chinese and Japanese, and a station where children can create their own papercuts and see Chinese papercuts on display. The Museum will offer Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day crafts for visitors of all ages in the Zahn Learning Center. Admission is free. 1:00-4:00 pm.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:30pm
Champaign Public Library

David and Roberta deliver a visual presentation based on their work that describes how the pieces they make are fueled by passion. Their home is a design lab of sorts where they surround themselves with objects and still lifes that they find inspirational and motivating. Their house is an idea source; over the years, it has evolved and one has informed the other. They will show how their work has changed in tandem.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 5:00pm
University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL 61820

Art Opening 5 to 7pm. Assemblage and Photography by Durango Mendoza at the University WMCA as an Art at the Y exhibition.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 5:00pm
Murphy Gallery at University YMCA (1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL)

Show Opening:
When: Thursday, January 22 from 5pm to 7pm
Where: Murphy Gallery at University YMCA (1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL)

IN CAHOOTS
The Capture of Choice , Change & Coincidence

Assemblage & Photography by Durango Mendoza

Humans and what they make, and what nature makes, coexist in the world, giving rise to the term “juxtapose” to describe these close and contrasting relationships. Through a slow dance process of choice and change, what humans do may be captured and formed into new entities that owe their uniqueness to their new mix. These new relationships reveal and highlight the memories of each entity because their new configurations raise questions about the what and why of their original states. My work in photography and assemblage examines how humanity and what it makes can interact or collide with nature and confirm or jostle our perceptions.

*Durango Mendoza is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. He has a BA in English Creative Writing from the U of MO, attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and earned an M.Ed in Interdisciplinary Art Education from Columbia College, Chicago. He has participated in several group and individual exhibits in Illinois and Oklahoma. His works are in a variety of collections.

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:00am to Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 7:00pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Presently Absent: Paintings by Tom Berenz
Monday, February 9 – Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Reception: Thursday, February 12, 6–8 p.m.; Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. by Tom Berenz
Music by The Parkland Guitar Ensemble
Additional Artist Lecture: Thursday, February 12 at 1:15pm in the gallery.
“Presently Absent” solo art exhibit opens Feb. 9

CHAMPAIGN – Starting Feb. 9, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College will host a solo exhibition of paintings by Tom Berenz,
An artist reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 with a gallery talk by Berenz at 7 p.m. and music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble. The artist will provide an additional lecture in The Giertz Gallery at Parkland College on Thursday, February 12 at 1:15pm.
Tom Berenz is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Berenz has an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA from Northern Illinois University, and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Berenz blurs the lines between realism and abstraction, beauty and horror, devastation and the sublime. He uses the disaster motif as a metaphor to create conversations about personal, sociopolitical, environmental and ideological issues. The choice of images is always changing, but always returns to a pile. His paintings depict the still after a disaster, the quiet resulting from devastation.
Parkland Art Gallery’s spring hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Saturday, noon–2 p.m. The gallery will be closed February 26 for Professional Development Day, March 23-28 for Spring Holiday.
To find the gallery when classes are in session, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through any door and follow the ramps uphill to the highest point of the first floor, where the gallery is located. The gallery windows overlook the outdoor fountain area.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/351-2505.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
The Virginia Theatre

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 - 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Seating: Reserved Seating

Tickets: $18 - $45 (VIP)

The world’s #1 name in comedy is coming to C/U! Central Illinois gets in on the laughter as The Second City takes on all the news that’s fits to twist. The biggest headlines! The hot-button issues! And it’s all served up with a side of that famous Chicago-style improv. Don’t miss your chance to see the superstars of tomorrow live on stage now — when The Second City Hits Home!

When The Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959, no one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world. The Broadway success of Mike Nichols and Elaine May – members of The Second City's predecessor, The Compass Players – put attention on the fledgling company. Soon, alumni of The Second City – such as Alan Arkin, Robert Klein, David Steinberg and Fred Willard – began to cement the theatre's reputation for developing the finest comedic voices of each and every generation. With the debut of NBC's Saturday Night Live, populated by Second City Alums John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner, the theatre became internationally known for its ever increasing roster of comedy superstars. Since then, The Second City (and its Canadian sister-theatre) has launched the careers of Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and many, many more.

For more, and to purchase tickets: http://www.thevirginia.org/shows/comedy/128-the-second-city-hits-home

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