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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:00pm to Friday, July 17, 2015 - 7:45pm
111 Walnut St (2nd Floor), Champaign, IL

Institute 4 Creativity will be hosting a joint screening of Dither: The DIY Sound and Walls of Sound by local film makers Sam Geneser and David Gracon.

Dither (2013/38 min.) — A short form documentary project on do it yourself music; heightening our sense of community and stimulating positive social change.

Walls of Sound (2012/63 min.) — A Look Inside the House of Records is a feature length documentary video that explores the House of Records, a brick and mortar independent record store based in Eugene, Oregon. Read the full description at

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 7:30pm
Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL 61801

Exploring African American History, In Illinois & Throughout The United States.

With writer Brian Dolinar, editor of ‘The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers,’ and artist Jason Patterson, who's work
in portraiture highlights cultural and political significance within the African American narrative.

Lectures: Saturday, July 18th, 7:30pm at the IMC Gallery
202 S Broadway Ave, Urbana, IL
Art work on display through July 31st

Monday, August 24, 2015 - 10:00am to Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 1:45pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

2015 Parkland Art and Design Faculty Exhibition
Monday, August 24 – Saturday, September 19, 2015
Reception: Thursday, September 3, 5-7 p.m.
Talk by Craig McMonigal at 6:30 p.m.
Music by Matthew Watt & Matthew Hurt

Participating artists:
Louis Ballard
Chris Berti
Lisa Costello
Melinda McIntosh
Craig McMonigal
Laura O’Donnell
Kristina Reese
Denise Seif
Peggy Shaw
Joan Stolz
Matthew Watt
Kelly White
Paul Young

Contemporary works in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, photography, metalsmithing, and drawing will be shown —from both new and returning faculty. This highly anticipated exhibition not only allows Parkland students to see the work of faculty in the Art and Design and Graphic Design departments, but also provides the college an opportunity to share with the community the work of some of the talented faculty. The public is invited for refreshments during an exhibit reception on Thursday, September 3rd from 5 to 7 pm with music by Matthew Watt and Matthew Hurt. At the artists’ reception, mingle with the art faculty and learn what has inspired their work.

Craig McMonigal, who will be retiring in January, will be giving a gallery talk about his work in the exhibition during the reception at 6:30 pm. Craig McMonigal, a Parkland instructor in photography, won the 2015 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Award for Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member. McMonigal is a 21-year faculty member who has been praised by colleagues for his commitment to the college, the program, and the students. One Art and Design colleague says McMonigal is “eager to accept new responsibilities, helping the Art and Design program, and the photography degree within the Communication program, to grow by actively supporting assessment and the development of new curriculum.” Described as an integral part of Parkland’s Art and Design program, McMonigal developed new courses in photography, implemented innovative techniques, and worked to help create the Associate in Applied Science in Photography program. McMonigal is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education and has served as the Parkland representative on the Illinois Higher Education Art Association.

Image Info: Craig McMonigal, Untitled/Viewer/Voyeur Series, 2014, 20x15, Digital Print

Giertz Gallery
Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61821-1899
Gallery Office 217/ 351-2485

Fall Gallery Hours:
Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, noon-2 p.m.
Closed September 7 for Labor Day

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

To find the gallery, we suggest using the M6 parking lot on the north corner of the campus. Enter through any door 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.

Parkland is a section 504/ADA-compliant institution. For accommodation, call 217/351-2505.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:00am to Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 11:45pm
2503 South Neil Street Champaign IL

Off the Wall Event - Larry Kanfer gallery
See Larry Kanfer’s new Vintage photography collection, get a sneak peak of the 2016 calendars, talk with the artist and take home your favorites. Artwork from all the collections – Prairiescapes, International, University of Illinois, Abstracts and more will be available. Get your Larry Kanfer artwork off the walls before they’re gone! Thursday 7/17 – Saturday 7/18, 10am – 5:30pm, Sunday 7/19, 12pm – 4pm.

Larry Kanfer Gallery
2503 S Neil, Champaign
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Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 5:00pm to Monday, July 20, 2015 - 7:45pm
Arboretum - 2001 S Lincoln Ave

Le Jardin Music Festival - A celebration of Champaign Urbana's culture and creativity.

Performers include:
UIUC Opera & Dance Students
Le Chateau de la Voix Orchestra
Sketch Artists & Painters
Guest Instrumentalists
Spoken Word


Free Admission

Bring food, beverage, blankets, chairs, and join in a wonderful summer evening of inspired presentations by Champaign-Urbana finest artists. 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 8:45pm, Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 6:00pm to Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 8:45pm
Big Grove Tavern

Start your week with an explosive evening of great food and fabulous painting! Lola's Brush & Big Grove Tavern are partnering up to bring you a fun evening of painting, sipping & laughing! Everything you'll need for painting is provided by Lola's Brush. Tasty appetizers from our Chefs are INCLUDED in the ticket price! An explosive drink special from our head bartenders will be offered!

The featured painting is of a beautiful firework display, just in time to celebrate the birth of our nation!

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This event is great for everyone who is looking for a fun night out. Perfect for Girls Night or Date Night! No painting experience necessary!
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Monday, June 15, 2015 - 12:00am to Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 11:45pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Reception: Thursday, June 18, 6–8 p.m., gallery lounge, Gallery Talk by Aron Packer at 7 p.m. Live Jazz Music by Sam Peters

Art work by local artists featured in an exhibition at Giertz Gallery at Parkland College in collaboration with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council, will be held June 15 through August 6 at the Giertz Gallery. This juried art exhibition features works selected by Aron Packer from Packer –Schopf Gallery.

Giertz Gallery at Parkland College, in collaboration with 40 North: Champaign County Arts Council, presents Around the Block: Artists from Our Neighborhood, an exciting and ambitious contemporary exhibition of regional artists. Aron Packer served as juror for this exhibition. He has been living and working with contemporary and folk art in Chicago for more than 25 years. He is the director of Packer Schopf Gallery located in the thriving West Loop gallery district in Chicago. Over the years, his curatorial focus has shifted from folk art to contemporary art; as a result, he curates shows of what he considers to be compelling, with a wide range of material and content. This exhibit is comprised of works of art submitted by artists from our community and reflects the caliber of creative flourish that is present in mid- central Illinois. After selecting the work, he was impressed by the broad range of work submitted. He reflected, “Being judgmental is tough...yet at the same time... it's a joy to dissect and choose work for a show. I still love doing it after many years of being a curator and gallerist. In this situation, I don't have control over who enters, so it's always a mystery and pleasure to scroll through the entries to see what is next!”

Participating Artists include Anna Barnes, Sandra Batzli, Gary Beaumont, Roberta Bennett, Jess Beyler, Harry Breen, Cynthia Carlson, Nicholas Cragoe, Beth Darling, Glen Davies, Heather Dent, Carmen Egolf, Pamela Ek, Barbara England, Lisa Marye Evans, Deborah Fell, Hannah Fiske, Tina Giamberdino, Richard Gouinlock, Sara Jahn, Doug Johnson, Judy Jones, Jan Kappes, Jeanette Kavanaugh, Rick Larimore, Taekyeom Lee, Suzanne Keith Loechl, Casey Lowry, Paula McCarty, Stacy McDade, Barbara McDonnell, Sophie McMahan, Melissa Mitchell, Pat Monigold, Melonie Mulkey, David Nolan, Sally Nolan, Anjali Palekar, Jason Patterson, Shannon Batman Percoco, Ellie Pinzarrone, Dot Replinger, Shane Rodems, Michael Schwegmann, Andrea Shields, David Smith, Lynn Hawkinson Smith, Billie Theide, Michael Thomas, Rimas VisGirda, Bryan Warsaw, Rosalind Weinberg, Nathan Westerman, Catherine Wiesener, Charles Wisseman, and Sarah Wisseman.

All events in the handicapped-accessible gallery are free and open to the public. Summer gallery hours are Monday–Thursday from 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

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Friday, June 5, 2015 - 6:00pm to Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 5:45pm
Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL 61801

The IMC Gallery is excited to announce the opening reception of Jamie Lovell's "The Human Endeavor". Lovell's work ranges from paintings, to wall mounted fiber assemblage pieces.
The reception is free and is open to people of all ages.
Join us this Friday from 6-8!
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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 12:00am to Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 11:45pm
Figure One - 116 N Walnut St, Champaign

Timeshare is a group exhibition curated and organized by the Figure One staff, featuring locally and nationally recognized  artists. The selected artists represent a wide array of emerging and mid-career professionals whose work addresses themes of memory, image, and form. This unique showcase also reflects the diverse creative interests and influences of the Figure One staff, which is mostly comprised of graduate students and artists fom the School of Art + Design.

Exhibition Artists:
Langston Allston
Gary Beaumont
Bill Berger
Jordan Clark
Mel Cook
Megan Diddie
Evin Dubois
Jess Kiel-Wornson
Katie Latona 

Exhibition Opening and Reception: Friday, May 29, 6-8pm
Art 21 Matinee: Saturday June 6, 2p
Curators's Talk: Friday, June 12, 6pm
Chapter One, Figure One Book Club: 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton: Thursday, June 18, 6pm
Artist's Talk: Friday, June 19, 6pm 

Gallery hours:
Tues-Thur: 11am-7pm
Fri-Sat: 1-9pm
Sun-Mon: closed

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Friday, June 5, 2015 - 7:00pm to Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 8:45pm
Soma Ultralounge

Framing the Spectrum is a photography art show celebrating the transgender and gender spectrum in our community. Local photographers Mayhem Images and Peggy Paceley Photography conducted photo shoots with local transgender, genderqueer, agender, bigender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming folks across the lifespan from the Champaign County Area.

The photography will be on display at Soma Ultralounge in downtown Champaign on June 5th from 7-9 pm. There will be free food and a cash bar. We will be raffling off photoshoots with our photographers as well. All proceeds will go to supporting the UP Center.


Suggested door donation: $5

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