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Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 1:00pm to Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 12:45pm
Anita Purves Nature Center

Saturday, Sep 17, from 1-3pm
Anita Purves Nature Center, 1505 N. Broadway, Urbana
Ages 15 and up

Program leader: Cora Hays, Biological Illustrator

Plants are our diverse and ever-present companions. We eat them, breathe with them, wear them and admire them. What
better way to become familiar with these beautiful and varied heliophites than to learn to draw and paint them? Learn a number
of techniques for drawing and painting plants in a realistic style. Bring a pencil and a sketchbook. Come prepared to spend time
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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 10:00am to Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 1:45pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Faculty Art Exhibition at Giertz Gallery Sept. 1
Works by 14 artists; gallery talk at 6pm by Denise Seif, music at reception by the Sam Peters Trio, Thursday Sept. 1, 5–7 p.m.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Giertz Gallery at Parkland College is proud to present the 2016 Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, opening Monday, Aug. 22.

An annual showcase of art created by faculty, the exhibition runs through Sept. 17 and features sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, photography, metals, ceramics, and graphic design. Exhibiting faculty members include Louis Ballard, Chris Berti, Lisa Costello, Bryan Heaton, Melinda McIntosh, Laura O’Donnell, Denise Seif, Peggy Shaw, Sheila Schneider, Joan Stolz, Matthew Watt, Kelly White, Liza Wynette, and Paul Young.

An opening reception for the artists will take place Thursday Sept. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include a gallery talk by Seif and music by the Sam Peters Trio.

During her gallery talk at 6 p.m., Seif, Art History and Metalsmithing Faculty and Program Director for the Art Department at Parkland College, will discuss her work in the exhibition. “The work in this year's faculty exhibition is a continuation of my explorations in metals,” Seif says. “I tend to have a couple of directions in my work, one that is formal, often with inspirations from nature and my observations and a second that is more personal and influenced by family and circumstances. Sometimes these two directions overlap as is true with this year's work. The Micro Series initially started with thinking about growing cultures in petri dishes with my Dad, and then doing this over the summer with my daughter. The petri dish influenced the circle format and the scale for many of the pieces in this series.”

Additionally, Peggy Shaw, 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award recipient and Associate Professor of Photography, will give an Artist Lecture about her work on Wednesday, September 7 at high noon in the gallery. Shaw teaches Digital Photography, Darkroom Photography, Video Production and Photography Portfolio classes in the Art and Design Program. Shaw received her Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her photography has been shown nationally and has won numerous awards in both photography and video, including fellowships from both the Illinois Arts Council and Arts Midwest/National Education Association Regional.

The Art and Design Faculty Exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Fall gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. The gallery will be closed Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day. 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.

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.Alle Artikel

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 7:00pm to Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 8:45pm
Gallery 217 | 9 E University Avenue, Champaign

Featuring local artists Hugh Bridgeford and Kelly Hieronymus

August 5 - 28, 2016

Hugh Bridgeford is well known for his moonshine jugs which embody a rebelious spirit. 

Kelly Hieronymus paints in a variety of media and is inspired by aerial views.

Opening reception for the artists will be August 5th from 6-8pm.

Gallery Talk with the artists will take place on August 17th from 7-8:30pm.

Planning on going to the reception? 
Don't forget to RSVP on Gallery 217's Facebook page:

More information about gallery hours and the Gallery 217 Artist Talk will be posted on the our website and social media. 

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Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
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 - 12:00am to Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 11:45pm
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 to Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 9:45am
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.

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Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:00am to Friday, August 5, 2016 - 6:45pm
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 to Monday, May 16, 2016 - 3:45pm
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

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