blog postsJapan House open house set for Oct. 25Oct 15, 2003 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Martial arts demonstrations are among the highlights of the annual fall open house at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Japan House on Oct. 25.Book explores musical life in America in first 50 years after independenceNov 7, 2003 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Just as contemporary American-made music enjoys great popularity in Europe today, music by European composers and performers was all the rage in America during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. According to musicologist Nicholas Temperley, musicians with significant mastery of the British or European musical idiom were highly sought after in America.Zimmerman Foundation's gift to benefit music school, Krannert CenterNov 11, 2003 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Music education and performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will receive a significant boost from a $2.65 million gift to the School of Music and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts from the Vernon K. and Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Foundation.David Weightman named director of School of Art and DesignNov 13, 2003 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - David Weightman today was named the director of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Weightman's appointment, effective Dec. 16, was approved by the university's board of trustees at its meeting in Urbana.Design center to open doors to public Dec. 16 in UrbanaDec 11, 2003 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students and faculty in architecture, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are taking their knowledge of good urban design to the streets - or more precisely, to 112 W. Main St. in downtown Urbana. That's the new home of Civitas: the University of Illinois Community Design Center, an innovative town-gown enterprise that opens its doors to the public from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 16).Architecture students honored for excellenceJan 6, 2004 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Eleven undergraduate students in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture were honored for scholastic excellence during the 2003 fall semester. A total of $1,500 in fellowships, scholarships and prizes was presented.Exhibition highlights work of seven transnational artistsJan 22, 2004 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Throughout history, various cultures have been lumped together into the broad categories "East" and "West" in order to distinguish an "us" from a "them," according to art historian David O'Brien. This habit continues today, he says, "but at the expense of cross-cultural understanding, and despite the fact that the lives of many people now cross the East/West divide."Two new I space exhibitions focus on architectureJan 28, 2004 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two new exhibitions focusing on architecture are on view Feb. 6 through 28 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:Former Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice to talk about working with the masterJan 29, 2004 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A former apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright will present an anecdotal account of his experiences working alongside the celebrated architect during a public talk Feb. 2 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Theatrical quilt sewn from seldom-seen Tennessee Williams worksFeb 2, 2004 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - From the recent Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" to next summer's Kennedy Center festival featuring "Cat," "Streetcar Named Desire," "The Glass Menagerie" and other works, 20th century American playwright Tennessee Williams has once again become a hot property.American Liszt Society to meet at Illinois March 4-6Feb 12, 2004 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Opportunities for "listening to Liszt" will be many and varied next month at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as the School of Music plays host to the 2004 conference of the American Liszt Society March 4-6.Planning Institute to focus on 'innovative community planning'Feb 13, 2004 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The latest, greatest ideas for building better communities will be showcased March 4-5 at the 2004 Planning Institute, hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign department of urban and regional planning.Colloquium to honor emeritus landscape architecture professorFeb 13, 2004 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Robert Riley, a professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be recognized for his contributions to the department, the university and to the study of the cultural landscape during a colloquium Feb. 27.Fourth annual ARUPLA open house showcases design workFeb 26, 2004 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A birdhouse design competition for local high school students has been added to the activities at the fourth annual Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Open House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Landscapes take center stage in two new exhibitions at I spaceFeb 27, 2004 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Landscapes - with a twist - are the focus of two new, but very different, exhibitions on view March 5 through 27 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.U. of I. junior honored as finalist in Metropolitan Opera auditionsMar 23, 2004 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adelaide Muir, a junior in vocal performance in the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was among seven singers selected as finalists in the 2004 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.Annual spring open house at Japan House set for April 17Mar 29, 2004 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A variety of traditional Japanese arts will be demonstrated and displayed April 17 at the annual spring open house at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Japan House.Philosophers' new book reflects on Wagner's 'Ring' cycleApr 7, 2004 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In today's landscape of popular culture - in which Michael Jackson and sister Janet, Britney Spears, and cast members from the latest reality-TV show are the gods and goddesses of the moment - the name Richard Wagner appears on few billboards or marquees.Book on Christo and Jeanne-Claude focuses on new 'Gates' projectApr 12, 2004 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than a quarter of a century after they first proposed outfitting New York's Central Park with 1,000 fluttering, saffron-colored fabric panels, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude will at last see an even grander, larger-scale version of their dream realized next February.Irish diplomat to be guest speaker on European Union Day at IllinoisApr 12, 2004 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Noel Fahey, the ambassador of Ireland to the United States, will be the guest speaker at this year's European Union Day at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on April 20.Course shows benefits of cooperative efforts among architects, plannersApr 20, 2004 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although they typically function independently from each other, architects, landscape architects and urban planners sometimes cross paths while engaged in community development or urban renewal projects.Three projects curated by Chicago arts consultant on view at I space galleryApr 22, 2004 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three projects curated by Chicago arts consultant Lela Hersh will be exhibited April 30 through June 12 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:Former varsity athletes in adapted sports to be honoredApr 26, 2004 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 80 athletes who participated in adapted varsity sports at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign between 1948 and 1976 will finally receive varsity letters this spring.Senior in music at U. of I. wins piano prize in national competitionApr 30, 2004 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kris Becker, a senior in the University of Illinois School of Music, has won the piano prize in the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, sponsored by the Yamaha Corporation of America.Study group questions effectiveness of proposed missile-defense systemMay 3, 2004 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As the U.S. Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency ramps up efforts to have the first phase of a multiyear, multibillion-dollar "layered" national defense system in place by September - as mandated by President Bush - the agency's fast-tracked plans have been hitting a few speed bumps.School of Architecture honors excellenceJun 15, 2004 9:00 am159 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One hundred twenty-one undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were honored for scholastic excellence during the 2004 spring semester. A total of $329,395 in prizes was awarded.Concert choir to perform in 9/11 observance on U. of I. campusAug 26, 2004 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Concert Choir will present a 9/11 observance performance, beginning promptly at 7:46 a.m. on that date, in Smith Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana.Faculty art displayed through Oct. 3Sep 2, 2004 9:00 am5 views The Krannert Art Museum opened its fall season with a back-to-school special this year: the School of Art and Design’s annual Faculty Art Exhibition.Two exhibitions at I Space showcase sculpture, painting and photographySep 3, 2004 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two new exhibitions will be on view Sept. 10 through Oct. 9 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Japan House to host annual fall open house on Oct. 23Oct 7, 2004 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Japan House, an educational and cultural center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will host its annual fall open house on Oct. 23.Works by two Central Illinois-based artists to be featured at I spaceOct 11, 2004 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Central Illinois-based artists Roger Blakley and Harold Boyd will exhibit their latest work in two new shows on view Oct. 15 through Nov. 20 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Works by self-taught artists featured in Krannert Art Museum exhibitionOct 21, 2004 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new exhibition originating at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Krannert Art Museum seeks to reintroduce the public to the work of self-taught African-American artists Bill Traylor and William Edmondson by emancipating them from their "outsider" status and placing their art back in the context in which it was first discovered and acknowledged more than a half century ago.Chicago architectural firm's work to be featured in I space exhibitionNov 23, 2004 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The work of Chicago architectural firm Brininstool + Lynch will be featured in a new exhibition at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Memorial to World War II veterans to be dedicated Dec. 4 in Springfield, IllinoisNov 24, 2004 9:00 am159 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill., has memorials dedicated to Illinois citizens who served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Incredibly, there was no similar monument honoring the contributions of the state's 987,000 World War II veterans.Exhibition features inventive art created from the mundaneJan 20, 2005 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Ordinary materials - from paper cups and pencil stubs to tires, twist ties and playing cards - are transformed into extraordinary art in a new exhibition at the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum.Architecture professor using four stories' worth of windows to display artJan 26, 2005 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - James Warfield is giving new meaning to the phrase "picture window."Architectural work featured in new exhibitions at U. of I. gallery in ChicagoJan 26, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Work by architects and architecture students will be featured in three exhibitions Feb. 4-26 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Architecture students honored for academic excellenceJan 28, 2005 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Eight undergraduate students in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture were honored for scholastic excellence during the 2004 fall semester. A total of $1,050 in fellowships, scholarships and prizes was presented.Co-creator of PBS documentary on American art to preview film locallyFeb 1, 2005 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Local audiences will get the chance to preview a PBS documentary co-created by art historian Jonathan Fineberg during a campus screening on Feb. 9.International activities on U. of I. campus and in community to be focus of eventFeb 8, 2005 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A 10-day "celebration of all things international" is being planned Feb. 25 through March 6 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Designing for healthy lifestyle to be topic of this year's U. of I. Planning InstituteFeb 8, 2005 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "Community Design for Healthy Lifestyles" is the theme of the 2005 Planning Institute set for March 3-4 at the University of Illinois.Director of U. of I.'s Japan House to take paper cranes to Japan on peace tourFeb 16, 2005 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When Japan House director Kimiko Gunji embarks on a tour of Japan next month, she'll be doing more than just chaperoning a group of tourists. She'll be directing a personally planned peace mission.UI opera director and world-renowned alum collaborateFeb 17, 2005 9:00 am46 views If ever there were a pair of creative collaborators who could be accused of having way too much fun working together, it would have to be Eduardo Diazmuñoz and Jerry Hadley.'Protracted Symposium' mixes talking, walking and investigation of placesFeb 18, 2005 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kinesiologists regard walking as a good starter activity for couch potatoes just easing into an exercise regimen. For others, walking is simply a logical means of getting from Point A to Point B.New I space exhibitions feature sculpture, drawings and installation workFeb 24, 2005 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sculpture, drawings and installation work will be on view in two new exhibitions March 4 through April 2 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Photos celebrating architectural works worldwide to be on display at U. of I.Feb 28, 2005 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Photographs by James Warfield, the ACSA Distinguished Professor in Architecture Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be on view March 14 through April 8 at the U. of I.Design conference at Illinois focuses on nexus of design, business, technologyMar 17, 2005 9:00 am22 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While filling the tea kettle in the morning, most people probably don't give a whole lot of thought to the shape or style of the kettle, let alone ponder why the handle on the tap is angled just so.George Inness' landscapes reveal more than portrayal of nature, author saysMar 24, 2005 9:00 am182 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To the casual 21st-century observer, 19th-century landscape paintings - with their pastoral scenes and idyllic, panoramic vistas - may appear to be little more than "pretty pictures" of bygone times.U. of I. Concert Jazz Band named top big band at Texas Jazz FestivalApr 6, 2005 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band won top honors and the prestigious Gene Hall Award for best big band at this year's University of North Texas Jazz Festival last weekend in Addison, Texas.European modernism and information society focus of U. of I. conferenceApr 18, 2005 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Scholars representing disciplines as diverse as architecture, urban planning, science, technology, cultural studies and library and information science - will gather May 6-8 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a conference on "European Modernism and the Information Society: Informing the Present, Understanding the Past."