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Krannert Art Museum to open faculty exhibition Jan. 26; launch noontime lectures Jan. 30

Melissa Mitchell , News Bureau arts writer
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The diverse talents of faculty artists at the University of Illinois will be showcased in the annual School of Art and Design Faculty Art Exhibition Jan. 26 through Feb. 24 at the Krannert Art Museum.

One of the oldest annual faculty exhibitions in the country, the show includes the latest work by painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, designers, as well as artists working with glass, computers and mixed media. The show’s opening reception, from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 26, is free and open to the public.

"Seduction of Paint: Jerry Savage Painting, 1995-2001" also opens Jan. 26, and is on view through March 17. In this body of work, Savage returns to the charged imagery of his earlier career, presenting intensely private visions fueled by sweeping brush strokes and vivid colors.

A third new exhibition, "Featured Works: Authenticity," opens Feb. 1 and runs through March 10. The exhibition draws on the knowledge of guest curators David O’Brien, UI professor of art history, and Sarah Wisseman, director of the UI’s Program on Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials. The exhibition explores questions involving attribution and authenticity of two prominent works from the museum’s permanent collection.

Coinciding with the exhibition are two lectures. Wisseman will present "Science in Krannert Art Museum" at noon on Feb. 19 in Room 4269 of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 405 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana. In her talk, Wisseman will illustrate how modern instrumental techniques can be used to investigate the technology and authenticity of ancient objects. O’Brien will give a gallery talk at the museum at 5:30 p.m. on March 6.

Other activities at the museum this winter include a new Wednesday noontime lecture series called Midweek ArtSpeak. The talks, on topics planned to correspond with current exhibitions, will be presented by UI faculty, museum staff members and docents, and graduate students. Presentations and speakers include:

orange dot Jan. 30, Melissa Pokorny, sculpture.
orange dot Feb. 6, Nan Goggin, narrative media.
orange dot Feb. 13, Conrad Bakker, painting.
orange dot Feb. 20, Bill Carlson, glass and sculpture.
orange dot Feb. 27, Jerry Savage, painting.

The Krannert Art Museum is located on the UI campus at 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, one block east of Memorial Stadium. The museum is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; until 8 p.m. on Wednesday; and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A donation of $3 is suggested.