blog postsArtsCampusSoundwalks in Urbana parks put participants in touch with sonic environmentsApr 26, 2017 9:45 am0 views Audio artist Eric Leonardson will lead soundwalks in two Urbana parks as part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival, to celebrate sustainable practices in the arts. The soundwalks aim to make people more aware of the sounds around them, both natural and man-made.CampusArtsActor and U. of I. alumnus Nick Offerman 2017 commencement speakerApr 25, 2017 3:30 pm1500 views Illinois alumnus and actor, humorist, author and woodworker Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson on the NBC hit comedy series "Parks and Recreation," will be the U. of I.’s commencement speaker Saturday, May 13.ArtsCampusEcology and the arts are focus of Sonified Sustainability FestivalApr 17, 2017 9:15 am238 views The Sonified Sustainability Festival, presented at the University of Illinois during Earth Week and in its second year, celebrates sustainable practices in the arts.ArtsArt and architecture faculty awarded fellowshipsApr 6, 2017 12:30 pm429 views Three University of Illinois faculty in the College of Fine and Applied Arts have been awarded prestigious academic fellowships in their fields. Anne Burkus-Chasson and Prita Meier have been appointed senior fellows at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and Paul Hardin Kapp has been awarded the 2017 James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship.ArtsCampusKrannert Art Museum to showcase art and design work by MFA studentsApr 4, 2017 9:00 am108 views Graduate students in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois will present their work at the Master of Fine Arts Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum.ArtsCampusFinal Petals & Paintings fundraiser this springMar 31, 2017 10:15 am148 views Krannert Art Museum will host its 25th – and final – Petals & Paintings fundraiser this spring, featuring floral designs created by two dozen florists and inspired by works of art on display at the museum.ArtsIllinois architecture professor’s book examines the biases in design of products and placesMar 28, 2017 10:00 am530 views University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony discusses the gender, age and body biases in product, building and fashion design in her new book, “Defined by Design.”ArtsStories of troubled youth and their families depicted in documentary-theater production “WILDERNESS”Mar 16, 2017 8:45 am241 views “WILDERNESS,” a documentary-theater piece coming to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts later this month, tells the stories of a half-dozen adolescents who are sent to a wilderness-therapy program in the desert to work through the issues that are troubling them.ArtsRobotic arm will give Illinois architecture students more fabrication optionsMar 15, 2017 8:00 am541 views The University of Illinois School of Architecture has a new fabrication tool for students to use in building objects they’ve designed. Its industrial robotic arm will allow students in its Detail and Fabrication Program to cut materials at angles and in shapes that they can’t do with the other fabrication tools.ArtsThis website is watching you. Are you OK with that?Mar 3, 2017 9:45 am1443 views “Tracing You,” an online arts project by University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser, tries to pinpoint the physical location of visitors to the website. Grosser said the project reveals a desire for surveillance.ArtsLyric Theatre’s “Viva Verdi!” to showcase highlights of Verdi’s operasFeb 22, 2017 2:00 pm217 views The production of “Viva Verdi!” by the Lyric Theatre, at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, is a tribute to Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, featuring some of his best-known arias, scenes, choruses and overtures.ArtsIllinois composer writes sesquicentennial music recognizing Carl Woese’s discovery of third domain of lifeFeb 21, 2017 9:00 am388 views Music representing one of the most important scientific discoveries made on the University of Illinois campus will be played on the historic Altgeld Chimes and the McFarland Carillon as part of the U. of I.’s sesquicentennial celebration. Composer Stephen Taylor, a professor of music composition and theory in the School of Music, created a new musical work that represents the chromosome of an organism within Archaea, or a third domain of life discovered by Illinois microbiologist Carl Woese.Life SciencesArtsIllinois alum and producer of creature films will be a special guest at this year’s Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 14, 2017 8:45 am227 views The 2017 Insect Fear Film Festival will feature a return of lava-spewing killer tarantulas in “2 Lava 2 Lantula,” along with giant subterranean beetles in “Caved In” and special guest Paul Hertzberg, a U. of I. graduate who produced the films. ArtsU. of I. composer chosen for Kronos Quartet projectFeb 13, 2017 9:15 am713 views Composer Erin Gee, a professor of composition-theory in the University of Illinois School of Music, is one of 10 composers selected to participate in Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future project in 2017.ArtsPhysical SciencesIllinois researcher generates random ‘reactions’ to consider how Facebook uses our informationFeb 9, 2017 8:30 am1496 views University of Illinois researcher Ben Grosser has created a web browser extension he calls Go Rando that randomly chooses one of Facebook’s six reactions whenever you click “like.” His intention is to obfuscate your recorded feelings to Facebook.ArtsCampusInteractive dance featuring cellphone app will be part of February Dance performancesJan 31, 2017 8:45 am143 views Audience members will use their cellphones to interact with dancers and the set during the premiere of “Critical Mass” this week at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The performances are part of February Dance: Designed Environments, presented by the University of Illinois dance department.ArtsEngineeringIllinois technician combines engineering and creativity in a DIY synthesizerJan 27, 2017 8:45 am1472 views Skot Wiedmann, an electronics technician and art instructor at the University of Illinois, built his Hyve Touch Synthesizer to inspire interdisciplinary work between engineers and musicians, and to allow people to explore music in a creative and fun way.ArtsArtist uses location, weather and other data to create sculptural landscapesJan 25, 2017 8:00 am299 views Artist Stephen Cartwright uses data he collects about himself and his environment to create sculptural landscapes.ArtsCampusKrannert Art Museum will host artist Autumn Knight for performances and art exhibitionJan 23, 2017 10:00 am257 views Krannert Art Museum will host the first solo museum presentation by performance artist Autumn Knight, who incorporates elements of theater, dance, psychology and religious studies into her work.ArtsWPA artwork, light sculpture and art related to the U of I land-grant mission featured at Krannert Art MuseumJan 19, 2017 2:00 pm203 views Krannert Art Museum will open several spring exhibitions on Jan. 26, including artwork created through the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project, objects related to the history of land-grant universities and light sculpture.ArtsHumanitiesIllinois historian’s translation of a unique medieval play to be staged on campusJan 13, 2017 3:30 pm621 views A re-creation of the oldest medieval vernacular play, in a new English translation, will be staged on the University of Illinois campus.ArtsCampusSolo exhibition at Krannert Art Museum focuses on images of the Niger DeltaNov 11, 2016 9:15 am817 views Krannert Art Museum is hosting a solo exhibition of artist Zina Saro-Wiwa’s work, primarily photography and video, showing images of the Niger Delta and its culture.ArtsCampusIllinois printmaker pursues new medium through artist residencyNov 10, 2016 10:45 am283 views University of Illinois art professor Emmy Lingscheit created a pack of coyotes, made of vitreous china, during a Kohler Arts/Industry residency. The coyote sculptures are on display through Nov. 20 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. One piece will be included in the School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum, opening Nov. 17.ArtsCampusKrannert Art Museum show will bring together medieval manuscripts owned by the U. of I.Nov 3, 2016 9:00 am885 views Medieval manuscripts will be displayed at Krannert Art Museum in an exhibition that will show how books were used and valued in the Middle Ages and since.CampusAnnouncementsArtsHumanitiesBox office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am594 views Passes for the 19th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," coming April 19-23, 2017, will go on sale Nov. 1. The passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the five-day event at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.ArtsCampusKrannert Art Museum renovations transform galleriesOct 28, 2016 8:45 am319 views Four galleries at Krannert Art Museum that hadn’t changed in more than 50 years have been renovated.ArtsCampusChoreographer Tere O’Connor to give the Center for Advanced Study Annual LectureOct 21, 2016 3:15 pm237 views Choreographer and Illinois dance professor Tere O’Connor will talk about his approach to choreography when he gives the Center for Advanced Study Annual Lecture on Oct. 25.ArtsIllinois architecture students documenting historic modern homeOct 20, 2016 8:45 am668 views Armed with tape measures and sketch pads, University of Illinois architecture students are documenting a historic modernist home in the Chicago suburbs.HumanitiesArtsPoet Janice Harrington’s new work reflects on life and art of painter Horace PippinOct 12, 2016 9:00 am495 views Poet Janice Harrington found inspiration for her latest book of poetry in the life and art of Horace Pippin. Her book is a critique of the perception of African-American folk art as primitive and a reflection on how Pippin’s experiences shaped his art.ArtsCampusSculpture of Thoreau’s cabin looks at artifice of objectsOct 5, 2016 8:30 am572 views University of Illinois art professor Conrad Bakker's interest in Henry David Thoreau, and in the artificiality of objects, led him to create a sculpture of Thoreau's cabin.ArtsBrazilian musicians to showcase different styles of music from their countrySep 28, 2016 5:00 pm195 views Two Brazilian musicians who play different instruments and represent two distinct regional musical styles will perform together for the first time on the University of Illinois campus.ArtsKrannert Art Museum assembling major exhibition on Swahili artsSep 22, 2016 10:15 am347 views An exhibition to open at Krannert Art Museum in fall 2017, “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean,” will be an unprecedented look at the arts of the Swahili coast of Africa. HumanitiesArtsReproductions of Irish cultural icons on display at Spurlock MuseumSep 20, 2016 9:15 am358 views High-quality reproductions of medieval Irish metalwork – acquired by the University of Illinois 100 years ago – are the centerpiece of a new exhibit at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures.ArtsConservation work gives old paintings a new lookSep 9, 2016 9:00 am530 views Several galleries at Krannert Art Museum reopened at the start of the fall semester, and some of the paintings hung there now have a fresher, brighter look.ArtsPhysical SciencesIllinois researcher looks at how software design controls our interactions with technologySep 8, 2016 8:00 am426 views University of Illinois professor Ben Grosser says software design is directing the way all of us move as we use our technology, yet we pay little attention to these human-tech interactions. Grosser recently made a video supercut of scenes from the Netflix series “House of Cards” showing characters in the show using technology – the first in a series of three videos for his “Touching Software” project.ArtsCampusKrannert Art Museum exhibition deals with themes of migration and bordersSep 6, 2016 9:15 am383 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum looks at stories of migration, refugees and human rights as they relate to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – a region known as the Northern Triangle.ArtsKrannert Center saving money on energy costs with switch to LED lightingSep 2, 2016 9:30 am516 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will soon see the difference in the facility’s energy bills. Every light fixture in the Foellinger Great Hall – other than those over the stage – has been changed from an incandescent to an LED light fixture. That’s well over 1,000 light bulbs.ArtsChoreographer developing new work during Krannert Center residencyAug 31, 2016 9:00 am315 views Choreographer John Heginbotham was at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts recently for a two-week residency with his New York-based company Dance Heginbotham, during which he was developing a new production that will integrate dance with the work of visual artist Maira Kalman.ArtsCampusFlatlands Dance Film Festival to feature Misty Copeland film ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ and international short filmsAug 18, 2016 8:00 am455 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will present the feature film “A Ballerina’s Tale,” about American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland, as well as short films created for Snapchat and the winners of the Flatlands film competition.ArtsCampusJapan House gears up for crowds at festival celebrating Japanese cultureAug 17, 2016 9:00 am826 views Japan House's Matsuri festival celebrating Japanese culture will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.Expert ViewpointsArtsSocial SciencesIf the Rio Olympics had a soundtrack? Samba!Jul 29, 2016 11:00 am639 views A Minute With...™ Marc Hertzman, expert on the history of sambaArtsCampusTransformation is the theme of “BEAR,” part of a lifelong project on endangered animalsJul 26, 2016 8:00 am361 views “BEAR” is the fourth performance in “The Unreliable Bestiary,” a lifelong project by University of Illinois art professor Deke Weaver to present a performance for every letter of the alphabet, each representing an endangered animal or habitat. Weaver’s project tells the stories of animals and our relationships to them.ArtsMellon grant to support efforts by Krannert Center to expose students to the artsJul 15, 2016 11:45 am814 views University of Illinois students will have opportunities to hear musical performances, meet musicians and learn more about the arts, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The four-year grant will support arts initiatives on campus by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.ArtsUniversal podium design helps keep the focus on a speaker’s messageJun 3, 2016 8:45 am826 views Podiums that don't match a speaker's proportions can undermine the speaker's message by diminishing him or her to a disembodied head. University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony helped to design a podium that can be adjusted for people of different heights and for wheelchair users.Expert ViewpointsArtsTransgender bathrooms: An architectural perspectiveMay 26, 2016 11:00 am1292 views A Minute With...™ Kathryn Anthony, an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor of architectureArtsArt and design students exhibit their work at Krannert Art MuseumMay 6, 2016 9:00 am746 views Krannert Art Museum will exhibit the work of seniors in the School of Art and Design during the final week of the school year.ArtsKrannert Center announces its 2016-17 seasonMay 5, 2016 9:45 am598 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will open its 2016-17 season with Afro-Cuban music, blues and a mixture of Bhangra, funk, rock and jazz. The variety of music at the “Opening Night Party” is matched by the variety of performers throughout the season.ArtsAllerton Park kicks off its concert series May 6May 4, 2016 12:45 pm349 views Allerton Park and Retreat Center will kick off its concert series on Friday, May 6.ArtsChoral concert will explore events of 50 years ago, issues still relevant todayApr 25, 2016 9:15 am572 views The University of Illinois School of Music is presenting a special concert April 29 featuring the musical drama “August 4, 1964,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky.ArtsStudent uses street dance to explore the intricacy of movementApr 20, 2016 10:45 am280 views Brendan Behan, a third-year MFA student in dance, used movements and choreographic styles from hip-hop and house to explore the intricacy of movement. He will perform his solo dance, “Box Cake,” at StudioDance II April 21-23 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.