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Graduate students' exhibition to open Friday at I-space


Melissa Mitchell, arts writer
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Six graduate-student artists will exhibit their work July 12 through Aug. 10 at the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The show, titled "Location, Location, Location," will feature installation work, sculpture, photography, painting and multi-media works by the students, who are enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program in the university’s School of Art and Design.

Participating artists are Anna Callahan, Joe Ford, Kariann Fuqua, Nathan Keay, Nick Schanz and Catherine Wiesener. Graham Stewart, the resident director for the university’s study abroad program in art and design in the United Kingdom, is the exhibition’s curator.

Stewart described the exhibition as a selection from a group of otherwise disparate artists. The artists, he said, have "developed their practice around what might be called ‘positive engagement,’ where most of the inventive processes of art-making have been removed from the relative isolation of the studio and relocated to various more active social situations within the public domain." Their shared objective, he said, is "to make work which is seamlessly connected to given recognizable locales and populations."

An opening reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. July 12 at the gallery, 230 S. Superior St., Chicago.

I space gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.