LIGHTBOX is a collaboration between 40 North and Weiskamp Screen Printing that rotates site-specific installation art in Weiskamp's highly visible retail window space facing Neil Street. This program seeks to provide an opportunity for Champaign County artists to transform the space for a period of three months.
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Melonie's practice is based in photography and sculpture. In this installation, she has used fabric, furniture, and origami to create a surreal domestic environment that uses repetition and pattern to reference time and memory. Melonie has a degree from the University of Colorado Denver and has exhibited nationally. She lives here in Champaign, IL.
Laura Wennstrom (Spring 2015)
Laura Wennstrom holds an MFA in New Media from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015). 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 work represents the intersection of my life with the people I encounter while honoring their experiences and trying to make sense of my own.”