Boneyard Arts Festival

Mark your calendars, the 13th Annual Boneyard Art Festival will be April 9-12, 2015!

Thank you, Champaign County for another amazing Boneyard Arts Festival! 

2014 Signature Image 
After evaluating over 95 outstanding submissions, a panel of local arts professionals selected Laura Wennstrom’s "Reticulation" (felt, thread, nylon string, light) as the signature image of the 2014 Boneyard Arts Festival!

Laura Wennstrom is an MFA candidate in New Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from North Park University in Chicago in 2009. Laura has worked with children in underserved neighborhoods across the Midwest and in rural Ecuador teaching art, reading, and special education. She has developed and implemented art curriculum for after school programs for students in pre-kindergarten through high school seniors. In addition, Laura has created several public murals in collaboration with children and adults from local communities.

“In the process of making art, I am interested in gathering those materials and objects – the cast off, the forgotten, the incidental, the profound – and through combining and layering, I find new ways to tell stories. My art represents the intersection of my life with the people I have worked with while honoring their experiences and trying to make sense of my own. I will continue creating work that speaks to the socio-economic, racial, and educational disparities that occur in our communities.”

"Reticulation is a network, a web, and lace, all at once. Reticulation is environmental, cellular, and architectural. The piece began as a very personal way of sorting out my emotional position in the world: as a person of privilege, turning my experience into a physical thing using a physical process. It exists as a meditative, psychological experience that creates a sacred space like a cathedral; with onlookers even finding references to Mexican Day of the Dead paper cut lanterns. Reticulation exists in some ways as a safety net, or emotional holding space. It also references traditional women’s work and the basic biological structures of humanity."

The judging panel for the Boneyard signature image consisted of Jason Patterson, local artist; Rehema Barber, Visiting Coordinator at Figure One; Leif Olson local artist and 2013 Signature Artist; Ralph Roether, graphic designer at Horizon Hobby and local artist; Gail Rost, General Manager of I.D.E.A. Store.

About Boneyard

Presented annually every spring by 40 North | 88 West, the Boneyard Arts Festival is a four-day event showcasing the broad range of creative activity flourishing in our community. Its goal is to bring together local artists, businesses and organizations for a special event showcasing the art of Champaign County.

More than a traditional arts walk, the Boneyard is a unique countywide celebration that takes place in a wide variety of venues (over 100!) -- both traditional (theaters, cafes, galleries & museums) and non-traditional (salons & retail stores) -- and features the work of literally hundreds of artists. Sculptors, weavers, painters, photographers and other visual artists join musicians, actors, dancers, poets and performers of all kinds in sharing their creativity throughout Champaign, Urbana, U of I Campus, Rantoul, Homer, Mahomet, St. Joseph and Sidney.

The festival stimulates cultural, economic, social and educational growth by providing an opportunity for people of every age, background and interest to participate.

*provide opportunities for artists of all disciplines, media and levels of expertise to share and sell their work with the greater community and its visitors
*demonstrate the value of collaboration among individuals, organizations and businesses
*illuminate the economic impact of the arts on local business
*demonstrate the effectiveness of utilizing art to increase foot traffic in and around participating venues, as well as to enhance the environment in public and private spaces
*promote the cultural vibrancy of our community -- a great place to live and visit * bring students, residents and visitors together through the arts
*provide an occasion, through the arts, to both express and reflect upon who and what we are as individuals and as a community
*celebrate the many unique cultural traditions within Champaign County

Kelly White
Executive Director

Amanda Baker
Programs & Events Coordinator

Cynthia Johnson
Boneyard Arts Festival Chair