blog postsELLNORA Guitar Festival to showcase diverse styles of guitar musicApr 20, 2015 9:00 am72 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The spectrum of music at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival this fall will range from traditional Mexican guitar to southern rock, and from jazz to classical guitar. And the diversity is not just in the style of music, but the instruments as well. The guitar festival also features banjo, sarod, Hawaiian slack key guitar and pipa, a four-stringed Chinese lute.Emeritus music professor Bruno Nettl honored as distinguished humanistOct 4, 2012 9:00 am91 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bruno Nettl, a professor emeritus of music and of anthropology at the University of Illinois, has been awarded the Charles Homer Haskins Prize, presented annually to a distinguished humanist by the American Council of Learned Societies. This honor includes a cash award and asks the recipient to deliver the Haskins Prize Lecture reflecting on "a lifetime of work as a scholar and an institution builder" at the Council of Learned Societies' annual meeting in May 2014.Energy design assistance center shines new light on energy efficient bulbsApr 4, 2012 2:15 pm51 views How many gardeners does it take to change a light bulb? Three – one to change it and two to argue about whether this is the right time of year to plant new bulbs.Energy-efficiency expert offers ideas for a greener futureJun 3, 2008 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Bill Rose is no Johnny-come-lately to the green revolution. He's no Pollyanna either.Ensemble uses multimedia technologies in performances at I spaceJan 7, 2008 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A University of Illinois ensemble that uses diverse multimedia technologies - including wii controllers functioning as instruments - to create hybrid works that combine elements of dance, music, film and visual art will perform Jan. 19 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.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."Events to celebrate Tennessee Williams' work during 'Not About Nightingales' at KrannertApr 10, 2015 9:00 am33 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Several special events will look at the early work of Tennessee Williams in conjunction with a production of Williams' "Not About Nightingales" at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Events to examine use of films to develop, justify nuclear weaponsFeb 14, 2011 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Marilyn Monroe is poolside in a lawn chair, wearing a bathing suit and sipping a cocktail. She sets her drink down, turns toward the camera, and says, "I always hated careless men." Thus ends an obscure Air Force training film, one of several that conclude with the actress encouraging military recruits to keep working, and to keep their work under wraps.E-waste design competition at Illinois expanding to international eventJan 6, 2010 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Of the millions of cutting-edge electronic gadgets exchanged as gifts this holiday season, many soon will become expensive dust collectors as the pace of technological change renders cell phones, computers and other electronic components obsolete almost as quickly as eager consumers can unwrap and learn how to use them.Excerpts from Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts to be performed April 3Mar 25, 2011 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band and an interfaith community choir will present excerpts from Duke Ellington's three Sacred Concerts on April 3 (Sunday) at 4 p.m. in the Music Building auditorium, 1114 W. Nevada St., Urbana.Ex-director of U. of I. Japan House to be honored by government of JapanJun 1, 2012 9:00 am299 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kimiko Gunji, a professor emeritus of Japanese arts and culture and the former director of Japan House at the University of Illinois, will receive the Order of the Rising Sun from the government of Japan on Wednesday (June 6) at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.Exhaustive computer research project shows shift in English languageMay 15, 2013 9:00 am152 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois English professor Ted Underwood recently wrapped up a research project involving more than 4,200 books. Since that work revealed dramatic shifts in the English language between the 18th and 19th centuries, he's now expanding his research to include more than 470,000 books - almost every English language book written during that era and preserved in a university library.Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum showcases African artAug 24, 2001 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. African masks, woodcarvings, beadwork, and bronze and terra cotta pieces are among the art and artifacts on view through Nov. 4 in a new exhibition at the University of Illinois Krannert Art Museum.Exhibition at U. of I. Chicago art gallery focuses on inmates' inventionsDec 8, 2005 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After an extensive tour throughout Europe and the United States, the exhibition "Prisoners' Inventions" will return to Chicago for a homecoming show Dec. 9 through Jan. 28 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Exhibition at U. of I. features works by conceptual mixed media artistOct 11, 2010 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On Oct. 29, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion will debut "The Strange Life of Objects: The Art of Annette Lemieux," a mid-career retrospective of work by the conceptual mixed media artist. A public reception to celebrate the exhibition opening - which will begin with a gallery conversation with Lemieux - will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 28.Exhibition examines 'performance and surveillance' in video artOct 14, 2005 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To observers of cultural phenomena, the dawn of the 21st century may not necessarily be the best or worst of times. But it could be among the most culturally confused and conflicted eras to emerge in recent history, considering society's mass-fascination with reality TV programs and Web cams, on one hand; and, on the other, its ever-present obsession with security, fueled by global fears of terrorism.Exhibition explores 'argument' between abstraction and representationFeb 6, 2009 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new exhibition of drawings, paintings and collages will be on view Feb. 13 through March 14 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Exhibition features inventive art created from the mundaneJan 20, 2005 9:00 am17 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.Exhibition focus: Influential cultural role of visual arts in Middle AgesNov 1, 2010 9:00 am59 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The first major exhibition on the visualization of history in medieval French manuscripts, to be held at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, is being co-curated by a faculty member of the University of Illinois.Exhibition highlights students' design efforts to address disability issuesMay 1, 2008 9:00 am45 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When University of Illinois sophomore Stephen Diebold signed up for Deana McDonagh's industrial design studio course, he figured he might get experience designing a prototype for a lamp or some other common consumer product.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."Exhibition of Spanish Civil War-era print culture is first of its kindMar 14, 2007 9:00 am38 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Armed with Internet access, soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are blogging their war stories - and digital images - back home and beyond.Exhibition of works by 16 artists explores origins, motivations of powerOct 12, 2009 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Unofficially sanctioned corporate malfeasance, pre-emptive wars, torture, misinformation, government-sponsored spying and other routine assaults on civil liberties. None of the above paints a pretty picture of life in the 21st century.Exhibition of works by U. of I. graduates shows commitment to fieldworkJun 29, 2009 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Works by the latest group of students receiving master of fine arts degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be on display July 10 through Aug. 8 in "Fieldwork," an exhibition at I space, the university's Chicago art gallery. Exhibition on child art inaugurates U. of I., Phillips collaborationMay 31, 2006 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., begins in June with a book and exhibition that examine children's creativity, art and "giftedness."Exhibition on Swahili arts will feature objects shown in the U.S. for first timeAug 25, 2017 8:30 am709 views The first major traveling exhibition in the U.S. on the arts of the Swahili coast of Africa will premiere at Krannert Art Museum this fall. “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” will include objects loaned from the National Museums of Kenya and the Bait Al Zubair Museum in Oman that will be exhibited for the first time in the U.S.Exhibitions at I space focus on Japanese architecture, human existenceAug 22, 2008 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two new exhibitions will be on view Sept. 5 through Oct. 4 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:Exhibitions of mixed-media works on view at I space in ChicagoSep 5, 2002 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Myths, metaphors and invented narratives abound in the mixed-media works of Claire Wolf Krantz and Les Christensen, on view Sept. 6 through Oct. 12 in two new exhibitions at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Exhibitions, performances to fete Krannert Art Museum anniversaryJan 19, 2011 9:00 am56 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In March 1950, Look magazine published a two-page photo spread about the University of Illinois' third annual contemporary arts festival. The headline read "Corn Country Campus Puts on Biggest U.S.A. Arts Festival," and the caption under pictures of abstract paintings explained that this artwork would spark "heated back-country discussion." Despite the cultural jabs, the article went on to describe the event as "the biggest, most ambitious program of its kind on any U.S. campus." In addition to the photos of paintings, one image showed the student orchestra rehearsing under the baton of famed composer Igor Stravinsky. Other guest artists included composer John Cage, choreographers Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham and writer Dylan Thomas.Exhibition turns spotlight on minority comics artistsOct 14, 2008 9:00 am48 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To some, an art museum may seem like an odd place to display comics.Expert on Islam to deliver annual Thulin lecture April 14Mar 29, 2011 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - John L. Esposito, the author of more than 30 books on the politics of Islam, will speak on "The Future of Islam and Muslim-West Relations" at the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at the University of Illinois.Experts examine rebuilding in New Orleans since Hurricane KatrinaJul 21, 2010 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As residents of the Gulf Coast in the U.S. brace themselves for what is expected to be another active hurricane season, the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina looms on Aug. 29, a grim reminder of the suffering wrought when people are unprepared for nature's worst.Faculty art and four war-themed exhibitions open at Krannert Art MuseumAug 15, 2014 9:00 am67 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An exhibition of new works by the University of Illinois School of Art and Design faculty will open Aug. 28 (Thursday) at Krannert Art Museum, along with four war-themed exhibitions, one of which is related to the centenary of World War I. A public reception, with cash bar, will be held 5-7 p.m., and the museum will remain open until 9 p.m.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.Faculty art, Lorena Johnson exhibitions to open Nov. 16 at KAMOct 28, 2002 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The most brilliant display of fall color to be found this season may be indoors - at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Krannert Art Museum.Faculty art on display through Sept. 26Sep 2, 2010 9:00 am4 views “The School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition” continues through Sept. 26 in the UI's Krannert Art Museum.Faculty art on display through Sept. 27Sep 17, 2009 9:00 am14 views “The School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition” continues through Sept. 27 in the UI’s Krannert Art Museum. Fall lineup of speakers announced for 2013 MillerComm seriesSep 5, 2013 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The fall 2013 Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm lectures begin Sept. 18 (Wednesday) with Gunther Schuller - musician, composer, conductor, educator, historian and publisher. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award and three Grammy awards. Schuller, a George A. Miller Visiting Artist, has composed more than 180 works covering genres from symphonic to operatic to jazz, founded publishing and recording companies, and served as the president of the New England Conservatory for a decade. Instead of giving a lecture, Schuller will be interviewed at 7:30 p.m. by University of Illinois French horn professor Bernhard Scully, who is performing Schuller's Quintet for Horn and Strings the next night (Sept. 19) at the Allerton Music Barn Festival in Monticello, Ill.Famed composer Gunther Schuller among guest artists at music festivalJul 9, 2013 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In an effort to make a good thing even better, the perennially popular Allerton Music Barn Festival has been moved from its traditional Labor Day weekend slot to Sept. 19-22 (Thursday through Sunday). Jeffrey Magee, the director of the University of Illinois School of Music, said the shift is mainly an effort to avoid uncomfortable temperatures in the restored 19th-century Dutch hay barn, which is well-ventilated, though not air-conditioned.Famed director kicks off MillerComm lecture series at IllinoisJan 9, 2012 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Francesca Zambello has directed stage productions everywhere from New York's Metropolitan Opera and Broadway to the Paris Opera, the Bolshoi, Covent Garden and Disneyland. On Jan. 19 (Thursday), she will speak at the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois on "What is American Opera Today?"Featured open house talk at U. of I.'s Japan House will focus on Edo cultureOct 10, 2007 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A presentation on Edo culture by a visiting speaker will be among the highlights at the annual fall open house at the Japan House at the University of Illinois from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20.February brings a variety of world music performances to campusFeb 8, 2016 8:45 am383 views Fans of world music have a smorgasbord of events to choose from this month, including Slavic folk music performances, a percussionist playing handmade instruments and a conference devoted to Afro-Brazilian dance and music.February Dance to reflect recent crisis responsesJan 26, 2018 9:00 am476 views February Dance, presented by the University of Illinois dance department, will include performances that explore responses to crisis, look at protest in an airport setting and celebrate the music of Tom Petty.Festival to feature music on instruments made from found materialsApr 12, 2016 9:15 am488 views The Sonified Sustainability Festival will celebrate sustainable practices in the arts with a concert by musicians playing instruments made from recycled or repurposed materials.Fifteen students travel to China for new four-week programMay 4, 2000 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- For many Americans, learning to manipulate a pair of chopsticks at the local Chinese restaurant is often their first and last lesson in Chinese culture.Film chronicles backlash to Indian law designed to help womenApr 8, 2011 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Rini Bhattacharya Mehta's first effort at filmmaking was inspired by the "moment of shock" she felt when she stumbled upon the backlash against the Indian law designed to help women.Film festival to showcase new wave of Greek moviesFeb 14, 2012 9:00 am92 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The best-known Greek-themed movie in recent memory had the words "big" and "fat" in the title, a $5 million filming budget and was shot in North America. These days, despite an economic crisis that has made the country a regular staple of the news, the film industry in Greece is experiencing such a surprising revitalization that Greek movies made on Spartan budgets are winning prizes and critical acclaim at international festivals.Filmmaking in spotlight in new exhibitions at I space galleryMay 10, 2007 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The art of filmmaking will be featured directly and indirectly in two new exhibitions opening May 11 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:Films to be shown at Illinois focus on post-quake massacre in 1923 JapanOct 24, 2013 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In 1923, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook Tokyo and Yokohoma, essentially leveling Japan's two largest cities and causing more than 100,000 deaths. The subsequent aftershocks, fires and ensuing panic bred rumors that "malcontent Koreans" living in Japan were setting the fires, poisoning water wells and plotting a revolution. To prevent this alleged uprising, vigilantes aided by police and the military massacred more than 6,000 Koreans.Final Petals & Paintings fundraiser this springMar 31, 2017 10:15 am173 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.