visual arts

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Urbana Free Library Lewis Auditorium

Anne Newman returns with her magical puppets and captivating storytelling for this special First Fridays event. Come see this amazing performance of Jack and the Beanstalk, the suspenseful and fun tale of a poor boy and a mysterious beanstalk!

For all ages.

The Library will be open until 8:00 p.m. for this Imbibe Urbana event.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 5:30pm
500 E. Peabody Dr, Krannert Art Museum (Lower Level Room 62), Champaign 61820

Scholar Lecture by Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil titled “Jewish and Indigenous Looted Treasures: Comparing Legal and Ethical Approaches to Provenance Research and Restitution."

Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil is Co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for Lawyers Commitee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, a legal consultant for JFK Law Corporation, and president of CHDR Consulting, Inc.

Sponsored in part by the Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artist Fund/College of Fine + Applied Arts, School of Art + Design Visitors Committee, and Krannert Art Museum.

Please visit http://www.kam.illinois.edu for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Larry Kanfer Gallery, South Neil St. Champaign

Winter Wonderland at the Larry Kanfer Gallery Holiday Open House November 16th – 19th.
Warm up with hot apple cider as you appreciate the vibrant infused aluminum Prairiescapes and downtown artwork!

Special Open House Hours: Thu–Sat 10:00-5:30, Sun 12-4
Now open Sundays through the holidays.

Larry Kanfer Gallery
South Neil St, Champaign
217-398-2000 gallery@kanfer.com

www.kanfer.com

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:30pm, Friday, November 17, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:30pm, Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:30pm
Larry Kanfer Gallery, South Neil Street, Champaign

Winter Wonderland at the Larry Kanfer Gallery Holiday Open House November 16th – 19th.
Warm up with hot apple cider as you appreciate the vibrant infused aluminum Prairiescapes and downtown artwork!

Special Open House Hours: Thu–Sat 10:00-5:30, Sun 12-4
Now open Sundays through the holidays.

Larry Kanfer Gallery
South Neil St, Champaign
217-398-2000 gallery@kanfer.com

www.kanfer.com

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Foellinger Auditorium (on the U of I quad)

A part of the world-wide Bahá’i Light of Unity Festival, this concert of original music will feature vocalist Wendy Marck and a composition for narrators and chamber orchestra that recounts the story of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’i Faith. It was composed and will be directed by University of Illinois School of Music graduate Dr. Halim Beere.

This event is free of charge and is open to the public.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm
Staerkel Planetarium - Parkland College - 2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign

A part of the world-wide Bahá’i Light of Unity Festival, this event features a talk by Steve Sarowitz, tech entrepreneur (founder of Paylocity), philanthropist, and Executive Producer of the important new documentary film about the Báb, the Prophet Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. Mr. Sarowitz will show clips from his film on the planetarium dome as he tells the dynamic story of the making of the film and shares his motivation for its creation. The entire film will be aired on ABC in May. A full-dome sky show will precede the talk.

This event is free of charge and is open to the public.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 2:00pm
Bahá’i Center - 807 E. Green Street, Urbana

A part of the world-wide Bahá’i Light of Unity Festival, this family-oriented afternoon will feature story-telling about the birth and life of the Founder of the Bahá’i Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, with lots of fun, games and crafts--something for every child and every child at heart. A nursery with care givers and activities for small children will be provided.

This event is free of charge and is open to the public.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 10:00am to Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 12:00pm
2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 618121

Monday, September 25–Saturday, November 4, 2017
Reception: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm, with live music by Ms. M and the Jokers
Gallery Talk at 6:30 pm by Rob Millard-Mendez
Artist demonstration/lecture by Millard-Mendez on Thursday, September 28, 1:15 pm, Room C191
"Stepping the Mast: Rob Millard-Mendez" opens Sept. 25 and runs through Nov. 4. An artist reception will be held Sept. 28, 5:30–7:30 p.m., in the gallery lounge featuring a gallery talk by artist Rob Millard-Mendez at 6:30 p.m. and music by Ms. M and the Jokers.
An additional artist lecture and demonstration by Millard-Mendez will take place at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 28 in Room C191 (Art and Design annex).
Millard-Mendez is currently chair of the Art and Design Department at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. As a woodworker and sculptor, his work often employs high craft but is also process-oriented and rich with historical references and personal narratives. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and his BFA from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
In his artist statement, Millard-Mendez shares the inspiration and goals for his artworks:
"The objects I make reflect the sensibilities of a person steeped in New England practicality who (for better or worse) ended up learning about things like art history, existentialist philosophy, and post-structuralist theory," he said. "Many of my sculptures are based on themes from classical mythology viewed through the lens of contemporary events. I have a strong interest in how my themes surface and re-surface throughout human history in many varied (but related) guises. I very much enjoy how masks and figurative sculptures are used in disparate cultures to play out everyday dramas that echo age-old narratives.
"It is my hope that my works will, in some small way, enrich the viewer and make him or her see the world as slightly more tragic or laughable (or possibly both at the same time)."
Giertz Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday noon to 2 p.m. 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 door X7, turn left, 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.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Champaign Public Library

Young artists are invited to a special before-hours collage workshop at the Champaign Public Library with Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator, Javaka Steptoe. This event requires pre-registration and is limited to kids in grades 2-5. Registration can be completed at champaign.org/events, over the phone 217-403-2030, or in person at the Champaign Public Library or Douglass Branch Library. Made possible with support from the Library Friends.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 2:00pm
Champaign Public Library

Join us at the Champaign Public Library for an afternoon with author and artist Javaka Steptoe, who is this year's winner of the highest honor for children's picture books - the Caldecott Medal. He will talk about his recent book, "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat" which also won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. A book signing will follow.

Doors open at 1:30 pm for refreshments and book sales. Jane Addams Book Shop will be on site selling Javaka Steptoe's books.

Part of The Pygmalion Festival and the Great Authors at the Library series. Made possible with support from the Library Friends.

For more information visit champaign.org/events

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