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Saturday, August 13, 2016 (All day)
The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, August 13

Join us for an all day Comic Con: from dungeon crawling D&Ders to Death Note loving otakus to gamers who just want one more hour of Minecraft or Super Smash Bros, and hardcore Supernatural fans who makes memes for every situation, we embrace all fandoms. So dress up in your favorite cosplay and prepare for a day full of all the pop-culture and geeky things you love.


Comic Scholar, Carol Tilley, talks Wonder Woman & other Great Women in Comics 4 p.m. Auditorium. Teen/Adult

Animator, Nina Paley, on creating animation + clips of her latest work 1 p.m. Auditorium. Adult

Comic artist, Damian Duffy, on how to turn all kinds of stuff into comics 11 a.m. Auditorium. Teen/Adult

Comic Artist Panel q-and-a on drawing and getting published. 2 p.m. Busey Reading Room. All Ages

Game makers, Volition, on making video games 1 p.m. Busey Reading Room. Teen/Adult


LARP – Medieval combat demonstration. After the demonstration there will be a chance to ask questions and try it yourself! 10 a.m. Cherry Alley. All Ages

Speed Drawing Contest – In a limited time, draw an original character or create your very own one page comic. Prizes for the winners! 3 p.m. Auditorium. All Ages

Costume Parade – What Comic Con would be complete without cosplay? Come dressed as your favorite character and strut through the library to show it off. Ends with the opportunity to parade on bikes through downtown Urbana. 5:00 p.m. meet in auditorium. All Ages

Fabulous with the Fablab – CU’s very own Fablab has crafts and tech for you to see how to build the cosplay of your dreams or just create something worthy of a hero (or villain). 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Children’s room. All Ages

Board Games – Play with the library’s collection of board games or set up your own RPG campaign with our D&D and other role playing guides. 11 a.m. -5 p.m. by Café. All Ages

Video Games – Smash Brothers and more. Replay your favorite games or discover new ones. Press Start to continue. 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Conference Room. All Ages

Offsite/Events at Large

Art Show – Come to the Art Coop in Lincoln Square Mall for a showing of local artists. Let us know which is your favorite. All Day. All Ages

Steve Bryant – Comic creator of Ghoul Scouts Night of the Unliving Undead will be signing at Action Jackson Comics. 1 p.m. All Ages

My Neighbor Totoro – Once the sun is down, the library and Urbana Love will be showing My Neighbor Totoro outside in the Busey Bank drive-through. 8:30 p.m. All Ages

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Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 8:15pm
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana is back! Join us for Volume 21, where you’ll hear eleven inspiring community members discussing an array of topics in concise talks illustrated by 20 slides displaying for 20 seconds each. It’s sure to be an informative, fast-paced, and captivating evening.

Saturday, July 30th, 2016
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Doors open at 7:45 pm, show at 8:20 pm
Admission: free
Possible Mature Content, 18+ recommended
Featuring a special PKN photo booth and music by DJ Mertz

Our Volume 21 Presenters:
Anthony Burkert | Love Should Be Benevolent
Lisa Cerezo | Random Acts of Kindness and Creativity
Austin Cyphersmith | Making New Friends
Jared Fritz | Driver’s Re-Education
Darrell Hoemann | Creative Logistics
Tom Layman | 4th of July Lamb Cakes: A Mother’s Folk Art Legacy
Cara Maurizi | Fine Arts Is So Much More Than The Fun Class
Molly M. McLay | Karaoke Saved My Life
Benjamin Moy | One Company’s Community Kindling
Erin Tarr | Girls…Choose Your Thoughts
Deke Weaver | BEAR
With emcee Kelly White, Executive Director of 40 North

Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing on Facebook!


First devised by a pair of Tokyo architects in 2003, PechaKucha Nights have become international phenomena that use a simple concept to create big community exchanges. Presenters have 20 images and 20 seconds per image to share their ideas, works, and passions for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds flat. PechaKucha Nights are held in over 900 cities worldwide.

For additional info, or if interested in presenting at a future PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana, email at

Check out the global website to get a sense of the magnitude of the event as well as our city page,

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, July 31, 2016 (All day)
S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL

Thursday 7/28 - Sunday 7/31 10-5:30
Sunday 12-4

Summer Open House - Off the Wall!
Cool off in the gallery and see Larry Kanfer’s new stunning infused aluminum original artwork collection! Visit with the artist, enjoy all the gorgeous photography, and take home your favorite off the wall! Artwork from the collections - Prairescapes, International, University of Illinois, Abstracts, and more. Perfect for home, office, and gifts!

Larry Kanfer Gallery
S. Neil, Champaign
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Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:00am
KAM Lower Level, Hood Classroom, 500 E Peabody Drive, Champaign IL

Come join us for Kids@Krannert, hands-on art activities for the entire family. Activities are design for children ages 3-8 and their parents. Enjoy art projects, family tours, demonstrations, and more from 10 am until noon. See you at the museum!Sneakers

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 5:30pm
KAM Main Level, Contemporary Gallery, 500 E Peabody Drive, Champaign IL

"Crossings and Borderlands", a Krannert Art Museum Gallery Conversation, features Faranak Miraftab, Ellen Moodie, and Junaid Rana, moderated by Amy L. Powell and Terri Weissman.

This gallery conversation is part of the "Northern Triangle" exhibition, which furthers the conversation of migration and human rights. We invite you to view and consider "Northern Triangle" and the ongoing discussion on immigration, borders, identity, and art.

This gallery conversation is free and open to the public.Air Jordan

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:00am to Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 7:00pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

“Travels: Works by Chung Chak and Travis Linville”
Exhibit: Monday, June 13–Thursday, August 4, 2016
Reception: Thursday, June 16, 5–7pm
Gallery Talk at 6:30pm
Music by Big Blue Stem
Artist Lectures:
Thursday, July 14 at 6:30pm by Chung Chak
Additional Lectures:
Wednesday, June 29 at 11am by Chris Berti and Lisa Costello
Morocco: Pattern and Embellishment
Tuesday, July 12 at 1pm by Jody Littleton
The Study Abroad Experience

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Giertz Gallery at Parkland College presents a two-person art exhibition exploring ideas and experiences surrounding travel.

“Travels: Works by Chung Chak and Travis Linville” opens Monday, June 13 and runs through Tuesday, August 4, 2016. In conjunction with the exhibit, a reception honoring the artists is scheduled for Thursday, June 16 from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.

An additional artist lecture in the gallery will feature Chung Chak on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. This evening lecture is co-sponsored by Champaign-Urbana Design Organization. This “Meet The Pros” lecture will include Chak’s versatile talents as both a photographer and a graphic designer. Other programming during this summer exhibition will feature two additional presentations that involve travel. The first presentation on Wednesday, June 29th by Chris Berti and Lisa Costello is “Morocco: Pattern and Embellishment”, that focuses on their visit to Morocco through a Title VI Grant to further internationalize the curriculum. The second presentation “The Study Abroad Experience” will be by Jody Littleton on Tuesday, July 12 at 1pm. Littleton, an associate professor of speech and the Study Abroad Coordinator for Parkland College, will discuss study abroad and it’s relevance for career building and personal growth. The exhibit, reception and lectures are free and open to the public.

Chung Chak, originally born in Hong Kong, has been teaching at The College of New Jersey since 2001 as an associate professor of graphic design. In 1991, he received a BFA in graphic design from SUNY New Paltz, in 1995 he received his MFA in graphic design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has had many solo exhibitions all over the country.

“As an image-maker formally trained as a designer, I have found my voice… I view my imagery as timeless visual poetry with psychological impact where viewers can no longer remain passive. Conceptualizing and resolving a solution is as rewarding as the seeing the result.”
“I have always felt that we have very little control of our lives. Therefore I enjoy the process of photomontage because I can randomly connect unrelated persons, events, and environments. Although my subjects may never have the chance to meet in reality, they are permanently bound within my artwork. By taking this approach, I find myself in absolute power to control and design.”
Travis Linville, of Elgin, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University in 1999, and a Master of Fine Arts from Clemson University in 2003. He has been teaching photography and other art courses at the college level since 2000, arriving at ECC in 2009.
“Though this collection of photographs is less characteristic of my typical personal work, it gave me the opportunity to practice photography in a different style,” said Linville. “As an educator, I am also a perpetual student and regularly seek ways to work outside my comfort zone. In this way, I expand my knowledge of my chosen field both technically and creatively and can bring those experiences back to the classroom.”
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College reduced summer hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 4:00pm
Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL 61801

The IMC Gallery is excited to announce 'Art Under Pressure' a group exhibition featuring Student Artists from Centennial High School. The show features a broad range of works including painting, jewlery, sculpture, and many other media.

Carolyn Cai
Brenda Gonzalez Salinas
Pascale Grant
Nellie Haug
Amy Janson
Veronica Miller
Adriana Ortiz
Avalon Ruby
Hannah Schriefer

Join us at the IMC Gallery from 4-6 on Sunday May 15 for the Opening Reception
The Artists will be present and light refreshments will be served.

Exhibition Duration
May 15-22

IMC Gallery is paid for in part by the Urbana Arts GrantAir Jordan

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:00am to Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Parkland College Graphic Design: Student Juried Exhibition
May 9 through May 28, Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
Reception: Wednesday, May 11, 5-7 p.m. in the Gallery Lounge, with Award Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and Music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble
Gallery Talk: “The State of Contemporary Illustration” by Liza Wynette immediately following the Award Ceremony

The Parkland College Graphic Design: Student Juried Exhibition will be on display at the Giertz Gallery Monday, May 9 through Saturday, May 28. A reception honoring the students will be held Wednesday, May 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge with an awards ceremony scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and a Gallery Talk scheduled immediately following.

As with all events in the handicapped-accessible gallery, the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The juried exhibit highlights work completed by students in the current academic year, beginning with summer 2015. Parkland Graphic Design and Interactive Design faculty jury the show and select the most imaginative, inspiring, distinctive, innovative, unusual and memorable pieces for display in the gallery. Then local industry professionals are invited to judge the show and select the awards. This year’s judges are Kelly White, Executive Director of 40 North, and Matt Wiley, Graphic Designer at Taylor Studios.

Works in the exhibit showcase creative solutions to design problems presented to students in Parkland’s Graphic Design, Interactive Design and Illustration studio classes. Expect to see traditional print media, motion graphics, logos, branding, packaging, menus, books, publications, posters, brochures, websites, video and illustration.

“Parkland’s Graphic Design and Interactive Design programs are rooted in solving real-world visual communication problems,” said Graphic Design Program Director Paul Young. “This year's exhibition is no exception. Students are taught that design needs to fulfill a function instead of just looking pretty. And they soon figure out that the best and most memorable designs have a great concept behind them and communicate the client’s message in a creative manner.”

During the May 11 reception, an awards ceremony honoring 2016 Graphic Design student achievements will take place at 6:30 p.m. “A number of these awards that we will be giving out were donated by local businesses, clients and supporters of Parkland's Graphic Design curriculum, said Young. “We really appreciate the generous support from the people at Surface 51, The Robeson Family, [co][lab], Studio 2D, Six Demon Studio, Wesley Food Pantry and the Champaign-Urbana Design Org (CUDO). Other awards are provided by the Parkland Foundation, Parkland faculty and administration.

Immediately after the awards ceremony, Illustration instructor Liza Wynette will give a special presentation titled "The State of Contemporary Illustration." Her gallery talk will feature recent student and professional art commissioned for editorial, advertising, and other commercial applications. "Illustration is one of those professions that walk the line between fine art and commercial art," says Liza Wynette. "Both types of art need to be aesthetically beautiful, creative, and communicate a concept visually. The only real difference between fine and commercial art is its function. Where fine artists can ask questions, commercial artists have to answer them.

Parkland College is one of the few community colleges in the US that offers a series of professional illustration courses. Students who take these hands-on studio art courses leave the class with functional commercial art samples for their portfolio.

Giertz Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday noon to 2 p.m. To find the Gallery when classes are in session, use 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.

This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. For more information, call Giertz Gallery Office at 217/351-2485 or visit

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana

Japan House welcomes Dr. Jennifer McDowell for her presentation on Kokeshi Dolls at 1:00 pm. Dr. McDowell is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on material culture, folk art, disaster, and tourism in Japan. At 11:00 am, watch members of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Association present the traditional tea ceremony game of kagetsu. Take part in a tea ceremony at 10:15 am, 12:00 pm, 2:15 pm and 3:00 pm with the group at a discounted rate of $5.00 per person. Tomonokai members are free! Enjoy a free tour of the gardens by the designer and donor of the gardens himself, Mr. Jim Bier at noon and 2:00 pm.『アディダス』に分類された記事一覧

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
University YMCA 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Art @ the Y presents
Photographs by Erich Adickes, and Partnering Community Gardens


APRIL 28, 2016 | 5:00PM-7:00pm
Gallery Talk at 5:30pm

University YMCA
1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL 61820

On view in Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA from April 28, 2016 through August 2016.

Growing Community, framed in the context of Sola Gratia Farm, Prosperity Gardens, and Randolph Community Garden, highlights some of the community bridges and partnerships that grow out of the local foods movement. Featuring the work of local photographer Erich Adickes, this collection of photographs tells the stories of people and of communities fighting back against hunger by bringing healthy food close to home.

Background: Nearly fifty million Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. According to feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap project, Champaign County suffers from a 16.7% food insecurity rate, higher than the food insecurity rate in Cook County. One of the problems contributing to hunger and obesity in our communities is poor access to healthy, affordable foods. The farm and gardens featured in this exhibiton demonstrate some of the ways people are working together to bridge the meal gap.

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