visual arts

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Champaign-Urbana is facing a crisis in housing for low-income families and the under-sheltered. To bring this issue into sharper focus, the University Y's Art @ the Y program, in collaboration with the School of Art + Design and the School of Social Work, initiated BED SHOE HOME, a community-based art action organized by internationally renowned artist Jane Gilmor. Gilmor was in residence in CU for a month this fall working in community organizations serving homeless: the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Courage Connection, and the Phoenix Center.AIR JORDAN

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:00am to Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Award-winning Parkland College Alumna Presents Solo Exhibit

Home: Works by Alicia Henry
Exhibit: Monday, Feb. 13–Tuesday, March 28, Giertz Gallery
Reception: Thursday, Feb. 16, 5–7 p.m., with gallery talk by Henry at 6 p.m. and music by Nathaniel and Friends
Additional artist lecture: Henry, Thursday, Feb. 16, 1:15 p.m., Harold and Jean Miner Theatre

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A solo exhibition of artwork by award-winning Parkland College alumna Alicia Henry will feature at the college's Giertz Gallery starting Feb. 13.

"Home: Works by Alicia Henry" will run in the gallery through March 28. An artist's reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a gallery talk by Henry at 6 p.m. and music by Nathaniel and Friends. The same day, Henry will provide an additional lecture at 1:15 p.m. in Parkland’s Harold and Jean Miner Theatre.

The exhibition, lectures, and reception are free and open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.

Gallery Director Lisa Costello said Henry’s exhibit is a long-awaited event.

"We are delighted to have this Guggenheim Award-winning artist return home from Nashville to exhibit her work and share her experiences with our students and community," Costello remarked. "Hosting it this year, in celebration with Parkland College’s 50th anniversary, makes it an ideal time."

This exhibition includes work that explores issues of loss. Henry is interested in how cultural, gender, racial, and social differences affect both individual and group responses to loss. Using abstracted human figures, both in isolation or in interaction with others, Henry goes beyond mere representation of the figure and presents a psychological interpretation of her ideas.

Henry is an associate professor and the discipline coordinator in the Department of Arts and Language at Fisk. She received her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA at Yale University School of Art. In addition to attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she has received numerous awards, grants, and residencies, including a Ford Foundation Fellowship; a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant; Art in General, MacDowell Art Colony, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown residencies; and, most recently, the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Henry's works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in private and public collections.
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Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Do you wish you had a cool, artful backpack? Bring a clean one and Juana will help you turn your backpack into a work of art. Art supplies will be provided.
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Saturday, January 28, 2017 (All day)
Unity High School

The 11th annual All Out A Cappella concert will be held Saturday, January 28 at Unity High School auditorium in Tolono. There will be performances at 5 and 8 p.m. Both shows feature No Comment, Xtension Chords, Rip Chords, and Unseen from the University of Illinois; Clef Hangers and The Outlandish from Illinois State University; and Surreal Sound from Unity High School. Unseen and The Outlandish are both new groups that will be featured in this year’s show.

The evening will provide entertainment for the entire family. General admission tickets to each show are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Doors open at 4:30 for the 5 p.m. concert and 7:30 for the 8 p.m. concert. The event is sponsored by Unity Music Boosters with all proceeds going toward enhancing music in Unit 7 schools. Tickets may be purchased from Unity High School choral students and at the High School office, or ordered online at Additional questions can be directed to 217-239-1914.
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Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00am
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

This is your opportunity to learn one of the world’s oldest skills, spinning yarn. Join members of the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild as you learn the wonders of the drop spindle. Fee: $15 (includes the cost of the spindle and fibers). Bring a friend and save money while you double the fun. Admission for 2 is $25. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.  The workshop will be held from 10 AM to noon. Contact Kim Sheahan at 217-244-3355 or
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Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

Looking for a way to show your affection that won’t cost a fortune or require reservations? Join the Spurlock staff as we celebrate love around the world. Make a handmade card for your loved one, take a tour of love-related artifacts in the galleries, and listen to multicultural love stories. This event, held from 1-4 PM, is planned for an adult audience. Admission: $2 per craft.


Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Follow in the footsteps of Empress Hsi Ling Shi, credited in Chinese legend with the discovery of silk reeling, and learn the ancient art of how to reel thread from silk cocoons. The basics of silk reeling will be covered. Cocoons for reeling will be provided. Silk reeling equipment will be provided and will also be available for purchase. Students will go home with one spool of raw silk thread and one spool of degummed flat silk thread (suitable for embroidery). Itomakis (antique Japanese silk bobbins) will be available for purchase. Skill level of students: Beginning. Space is very limited, and pre-registration is required. Contact Kim Sheahan to reserve your place (217-244-3355 or The workshop is from 12-4 PM.

Workshop fee: $50/person (includes 80 silk cocoons, plastic spools, and degumming materials)
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Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
Children's Services (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Has the cold weather kept you stuck inside? Come to the Library to make an art spinner, a moving and changing work of art that is also a fun toy.

For children in elementary school and their families.
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Monday, January 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Come to this evening story time with stories, songs, and a craft!

For children ages 3-6 and their families.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 5:00pm
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center Art Gallery

Emergence: Touching the Infinite Source of Being.
Abstract Botanical Photography by Lynn Anderson

Artist Reception Dec. 10th 2016 5-7pm

IMC Gallery 1st Floor
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
202 S. Broadway Ave. • Urbana, IL 61801 • 217.344.8820
Sponsored in part by City of Urbana Public Arts Grantnike


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