visual arts

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:00pm to Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 5:00pm
Indi Go Artist Co-op 9 E. University Ave. Downtown Champaign, IL

11 am – 5 pm Saturdays
1 – 5 pm Sundays
6 – 8 pm Monday – Friday

Free and open to the public

Artists accepted into into the 2015 Exhibition: http://abouthatch.org/hatch-2015-art-exhibition/

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Indi Go Artist Co-op 9 E. University Ave. Downtown Champaign, IL

Open to the public, $5 suggested donation

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.

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