visual arts

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
2109 S Griffith Dr, Champaign

Saturday, November 14, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, November 15, 2015 (All day)
Urbana Civic Center 108 E Water St Urbana

Contact Information: Beverly Fagan
217-367-9546
bevfagan@msn.com

Craft League of Champaign-Urbana
http://www.craftleagueofcu.org/artfair.html

33rd Annual Art Fair, Craft League of Champaign-Urbana

Urbana, Illinois--November 14 & 15, 2015-- An Art Fair featuring the work of 34 artists exhibiting new, original works in ceramics, jewelry, fiber, batik, photography, glass, woodworking, drawing, painting, printmaking, basketry, bookbinding, leather and mixed media will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15 at the Urbana Civic Center in Urbana.

The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana will present its 33rd Annual Juried Art Fair, one of the fall’s most anticipated events. Admission is free.
Numerous artists, local and from afar, in more than a dozen art disciplines applied for the juried show. Exhibitors and attendees come from as far as 100 miles away, and attendance continues to increase every year.
The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana was founded in 1982 to promote awareness of fine art in the Champaign-Urbana area. The art fair has been an annual event of the CLCU for 30 years. In the first years, it was held in empty storefronts and church basements; it has been at the Civic Center in Urbana since 1986.

"We are very excited about the mix of work we have this fall. The art fair is a great opportunity to support the arts and to buy locally," said artist Beverly Fagan, speaking for the Craft League.

The Urbana Civic Center is located at 108 E. Water St., Urbana. Hours will be 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Saturday and 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., on Sunday. Admission is free.

The Craft League website is: http://www.craftleagueofcu.org/ .

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Images are available at: http://www.craftleagueofcu.org/artfair.html

Friday, November 6, 2015 (All day) to Friday, December 18, 2015 (All day)
Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA 1001 S. Wright, Champaign

Linocuts and quilts by Elzbieta (Elka) Kazmierczak, MFA, PhD

Elka Kazmierczak is a printmaker, book artist, expressive arts instructor, and survivor of domestic violence. A fellow of the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, she immigrated from Poland in 1990, later receiving an MFA, MA, and PhD at the University of Illinois. Behind Closed Doors–No More presents an emotional journey from victim of domestic violence to advocate against gender-based violence. It includes the artist’s personal story and stories of women and girls interviewed by the artist. This exhibition shows the value of art as a means for speaking out against taboos: a means for healing and empowerment.

On view in Murphy Gallery through December 2015. Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public.

Additional supporters of this exhibition include: Diversity and Social Justice Education , RACES–Rape, Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services, University of Illinois Women’s Resources Center, YWCA of the University of Illinois

Website: universityymca.org/art

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Art @ the Y presents:
Behind Closed Doors–No More
Linocuts and quilts by Elzbieta (Elka) Kazmierczak, MFA, PhD

Art @ the Y Opening Reception: Thursday, November 5, 2015
from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Located at: Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA
1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820

On view through December 2015

Elka Kazmierczak is a printmaker, book artist, expressive arts instructor, and survivor of domestic violence. A fellow of the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art, she immigrated from Poland in 1990, later receiving an MFA, MA, and PhD at the University of Illinois. Behind Closed Doors–No More presents an emotional journey from victim of domestic violence to advocate against gender-based violence. It includes the artist’s personal story and stories of women and girls interviewed by the artist. This exhibition shows the value of art as a means for speaking out against taboos: a means for healing and empowerment.

Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St, Champaign, IL. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit: universityymca.org/art
Questions? Contact Ann Rasmus at ann@universityymca.org or at 217-337-1500.

Murphy Gallery Hours: Mondays-Thursdays: 9am to 9pm
Fridays from 9am to 5pm

Nearby Bus Stops: Wright & Chalmers, Transit Plaza, Armory & Wright

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
Indi Go Gallery at Lolas Brush

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 6:30pm
Krannert Art Museum East Gallery, 500 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign

Krannert Art Museum
Gallery Conversation: Attachment
Thursday, October 1, 5:30pm

Join in the conversation about the Krannert Art Museum exhibition "Attachment". This event will feature Brett Kaplan, professor of Comparative & World Literature, director of Jewish Studies, and a Conrad Humanities Scholar; Melissa Pokorny, associate professor of Sculpture; and François Proulx, assistant professor of French; moderated by exhibition curators Amy L. Powell and Allyson Purpura

"Attachment" is a thematic exhibition from the museum’s permanent collection that considers the material and affective bonds between artist and subject, artwork and viewer, museum and object. Organized under five themes—appendages, supports, shadow bodies, accumulations, and refusals—the exhibition examines critical scenes of attachment to encompass material, affective, bodily, psychoanalytic, cultural, political, and institutional frames of reference.

Exhibiting artists include: Berenice Abbott, Conrad Bakker, Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, Michael Ray Charles, Carl Chiarenza, Willie Cole, Isabelle Cornaro, Walker Evans, Vernon Fisher, Frank Gallo, Jess, Vera Klement, Annette Lemieux, Danny Lyon, Bea Nettles, Melissa Pokorny, Fritz Scholder, Laurie Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Hedda Sterne, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, and Purvis Young; along with selections from the museum’s African, Asian, ancient Peruvian, and decorative arts collections, including Marcel Proust’s 18th-century settee.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 6:00pm
Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL 61801

Come check out the latest exhibition at the IMC Gallery! Co-Curated by Artist in Residence Travis Hocutt and Comics Scholar Carol Tiley.

Renegades: Storytelling in Two Dimensions

Featuring works by local comics artists:

Show Duration September 18th-October 1st
Closing Reception October 1st

Damian Duffy: http://damianduffy.net/
Nina Paley: http://blog.ninapaley.com/
Grant Thomas: http://www.grantthomasonline.com/

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202 S. Broadway
Urbana IL
61801

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 5:00pm

Ornithology: Works by Barbara Kendrick and Monique Luchetti
Exhibit: Monday, September 28– Saturday, November 7
Reception: Thursday, October 1, 5–7 p.m.
Gallery Talk by Kendrick and Luchetti at 6:30 p.m.
Music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble
Additional lectures:
Barbara Kendrick, Wednesday, September 30, 1:15 p.m.
Monique Luchetti, Thursday, October 1, 1:15 p.m.

Additional programming related to the exhibition:
Parkland College Sustainability Program activities
Nature visit from the Anita Purvis Nature Center

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College presents a two-person art exhibition exploring ideas about humans’ daily interaction with wildlife and our impact on nature.

“Ornithology: Works by Barbara Kendrick and Monique Luchetti” opens Monday, September 28 and runs through Saturday, November 7, 2015. In conjunction with the exhibit, a reception honoring the artists is scheduled for Thursday, October 1 from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring a gallery talk by Kendrick and Luchetti at 6:30 p.m.

Additional exhibit lectures in the gallery include a presentation by Kendrick on September 30 and one by Luchetti on October 1, both at 1:15 p.m. The exhibit, reception and lectures are free and open to the public.

Kendrick and Luchetti have a fascination and sympathy with birds, but their work is divergent in concepts, material, and process. Although the artists take different approaches in their body of work, they both use images of birds to speak to the ways our lives are inextricably tied together, interdependent and bound to the earth for survival.

“We are alive in a world where the distinction between what we know to be human and what we believe to be animal is shrinking,” the artists said about their exhibit.

Kendrick, a retired professor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, admires birds’ ability to survive and adapt to new, sometimes hostile environments. The way they build nests in the alphabet of signs on storefronts, or gather cigarette butts to line their nests, informs her collages. As she makes her work, she tries to match her own sense of improvisation with that of the birds. Each collage opens up new questions about our connection to the way the birds live in our world.

Luchetti, a Brooklyn-based studio artist, sifts through museums’ ornithology collections as if they were cemeteries, gleaning the identities of the birds for her drawings, preserved and tagged by humans for further study. Her drawings are a meditation of loss and remembering and on the contradiction inherent in humans: racing to collect, classify, and catalog species while continuing to haplessly destroy the same species through climate change and the devastation of the planet’s forests and oceans.

In addition to the artist lectures, and in tandem with Parkland College’s Sustainable Campus Committee, Giertz Gallery will host a program titled “Owls and Avian Adaptations” on Tuesday, October 20 from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in the gallery lounge. Savannah Donovan from the Urbana Park District’s Anita Purves Nature Center will introduce audiences to Quasi, the Eastern screech owl. Donovan will reveal the amazing adaptations that allow owls to thrive in darkness. Other avian specimens will be on hand for comparison.

(October is Campus Sustainability Month, and Parkland’s Sustainable Campus Committee will be hosting several other activities and events throughout the month at Parkland. Please visit the Parkland College website for more information.)

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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 X-7, 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.

Programs at the gallery are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Parkland College is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution; for accommodation, call 217/351-2505.

For more information on the exhibit, please call the gallery office at 217/351-2485 or visit www.parkland.edu/gallery.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Urbana Civic Center

Join us at the first ever Urbana Art Expo, a one-day fine art exhibition and sale, and show your support for local art! This event is free and open to the public.

This year, 23 local and regional artists are participating: Langston Allston, Roberta Bennett, Don Briskin, Allen Creamean, Beth Darling, Fred Delcomyn, Heather Dent, Kathryn Fitzgerald, Caroline Goldsmith, Travis Hocutt, Suzanne Keith Loechl, Sam Logan, Maria Ludeke, Karissa McDermott, Christina Nordholm, Ellie Pinzarrone, Erica Robertson, Carolina Rodriguez, Lynn Hawkinson Smith, Michael Owen Thomas, Jana Uebele, Sendra Uebele, and Nathan Westerman.

The Urbana Art Expo is presented by the Urbana Public Arts Program in collaboration with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council, and is supported by the Urbana Park District and the Champaign Park District. For more information, visit www.urbanaartexpo.com.

Friday, August 28, 2015 - 5:00pm
Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL 61801

The IMC Gallery is excited to collaborate with the Arts of Life to present a group show curated by artist Tim Stone, of the Chicago Studio. The Arts of Life is a studio based community for adults with developmental disabilities.

Intrigued reflects both the maker and viewer in their approach to artwork. During the creative process, artists experience fascination, maybe even fixation, on a particular idea or image. After hours of making and re-making, their idea becomes a reality of paper, paint, collage, and canvas. Once completed, they often hope to share that feeling with viewers through their art; to inspire that same curiosity.

Works selected for this show represent a wide variety of creative practices and styles. Its makers are part of an artist collective that promotes the exchange of skills and concepts. The Arts of Life creates a space where the unique identity of each member is integrated and included in the whole.

Speaking from diverse creative and personal perspectives, Intrigued aspires to captivate and connect with viewers on many levels.

Closing Reception with the artists:
Friday, August 28th 5-7pm

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