blog postsArtist-in-residence encouraging students to re-imagine 'stock' photosMar 1, 2011 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The first time Ben Aqua was offered the chance to sell one of his photographs as a "stock" illustration, he wasn't sure whether to be flattered or insulted. After all, in the publishing trade, the term "stock photography" has traditionally referred not to fine art but rather to generic images that can be used to illustrate "soft" news articles, such as stories about lifestyle trends, season events, or health advice. Aqua, a photographer and new media artist, has participated in exhibitions in Paris, Los Angeles, Dallas and Philadelphia. Did he really want to sell his artistic photographs to illustrate a lifestyle story in a German fashion magazine?Artist in-residence helping to create new theatrical workMay 1, 2015 9:00 am102 views Lisa Gaye Dixon moves deliberately across the floor of the rehearsal stage, throwing her arms wide, hunching her shoulders and extending her hand from her forehead like a feather. Her expression is sometimes questioning, sometimes intense. Her costume includes a floor-length skirt supported by a crinoline underneath and a white ruff around her neck, echoing a picture of a black Elizabeth I on a board at the edge of the stage.Artists, critics, curators converge in fall lecture seriesSep 12, 2003 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Eight innovative artists, critics and curators whose work defies categorization will visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this fall as participants in a lecture series titled "REAL LIFE: Expanding Economies of Cultural Production."Artist's future forest anything but a tranquil woodsDec 3, 2007 9:00 am103 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mutant monkeys and bunnies and fungi ... oh my!Artist uses location, weather and other data to create sculptural landscapesJan 25, 2017 8:00 am423 views Artist Stephen Cartwright uses data he collects about himself and his environment to create sculptural landscapes.Arts festival to examine human interaction with natural worldFeb 22, 2010 9:00 am40 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Public parking lots, flying carp and the mysteries of crop circles will be among the environmental themes explored in an upcoming arts festival that focuses on how we shape the land and how it shapes us.Arturo Sandoval concert moves to Krannert Center tonightApr 13, 2011 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Arturo Sandoval concert scheduled for Friday night has been moved from the Allerton Music Barn in Monticello to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana because of hot weather.AsiaFest to celebrate all Asian and Pacific Island cultures on SaturdayApr 29, 2013 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Japan House has always celebrated Children's Day (formerly known as Boys' Day), but this year, it has joined with the Asian American Cultural Center to host AsiaFest, a celebration of all Asian and Pacific Island cultures.Authority on fellow Swiss artist Paul Klee named director of Krannert Art MuseumMar 30, 2000 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An internationally known authority on the work of Swiss artist Paul Klee has been named director of the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, pending approval of the UI Board of Trustees at its April 12-13 meeting in Chicago.Balkan relief benefit concert set for Feb. 22Feb 7, 2000 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For centuries, ethnic, religious and political differences have divided the various groups of people who inhabit the Balkans, yet many of the Balkan people remain linked by shared aspects of musical heritage. That heritage will be celebrated during the Balkan Relief Benefit Concert Feb. 22 at the University of Illinois.BAM! WAP! KA-POW! Library prof bops doc who K.O.'d comic book industryFeb 11, 2013 9:00 am1415 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Behavioral problems among teenagers and preteens can be blamed on the violence, sex and gore portrayed in the media marketed to them - that was the topic of televised public hearings held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954 to address the scourge of comic books. The hearings, which resulted in the decimation of what was an enormous comic book industry, had been inspired in large part by the book "Seduction of the Innocent," by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, based on his own case studies.Best recent African films to be shown during U. of I.-sponsored festivalFeb 4, 2008 9:00 am0 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Champaign-Urbana audiences will have a rare opportunity to screen a half dozen of the best films originating from the African continent in the past few years.BFA exhibition to showcase art and design student work at Krannert Art MuseumMay 4, 2017 9:30 am433 views The School of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition at Krannert Art Museum allows seniors to show the best of their work.Black women in Africa and African diaspora topic of conferenceApr 28, 2000 9:00 am80 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - An upcoming conference at the University of Illinois will focus on a variety of topics pertaining to black women in Africa and the African diaspora.Blind U. of I. staff member creates Braille diploma for recent graduateAug 19, 2008 9:00 am132 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Christie Lynn Gilson recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a doctorate in special education. Because she is legally blind, she wouldn't have been able to read her own diploma without the assistance of some dedicated university staff members.Bond ... James Bond ... turns 60 and is to be celebrated at IllinoisMar 25, 2013 9:00 am156 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning." That's the opening line of "Casino Royale," the novel that introduced secret agent James Bond to the world, launching a franchise of books and blockbuster movies that continues to this day. April 13 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of "Casino Royale," and the University of Illinois will recognize the event with a collaborative celebration hosted by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Spurlock Museum, and the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.Book celebrates planning, building of University of Illinois campusJun 22, 2017 10:45 am4225 views A new book, “An Illini Place – Building the University of Illinois Campus,” covers the history of the planning and building of the University of Illinois campus and why the campus looks the way it does.Book Corner: Historian traces the making of samba in BrazilMar 19, 2015 9:00 am22 views The U.S. and Brazil have a few things in common. Both are continent-spanning nations that began as European colonies. Both have a history of African slavery. And both developed iconic music with strong roots in their respective black communities.Book Corner: Images capture vernacular architecture and its inhabitantsFeb 5, 2009 9:00 am3 views Architecture professor and world traveler extraordinaire James Warfield returned briefly to the Illinois campus in January following the opening of his “Roads Less Traveled” photography exhibition in Shanghai. He stuck around long enough to unpack his suitcase, do laundry and re-pack before embarking on his next journey: a return trip to Rajasthan, India.Book Corner: Photographer Berenice Abbott profiled in author's first bookApr 7, 2011 9:00 am22 views Terri Weissman's first book has generated considerable buzz for the undervalued photographer it profiles. "The Realisms of Berenice Abbott: Documentary Photography and Political Action" was published in January as the winner of the 2010 Phillips Book Prize. It has been excerpted in Scope, the new magazine started by former Gravitas editor Ian Garrick Mason, and also in Berfrois, a scholarly news aggregation website.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.Book illuminates previously unexplored aspects of Gustav MahlerNov 1, 2010 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A century after composer-conductor Gustav Mahler's death, his music is perhaps more popular today than it was during the half century that he lived. After his death in 1911, Mahler was nearly forgotten, until conductor Leonard Bernstein's performances of his work beginning in the mid-1960s sparked a renewed interest in Mahler, propelling the Czech-born composer from virtual obscurity to the cultural-icon status that he has today. The sesquicentennial of Mahler's birth has been marked during 2010 with a flurry of memorial concerts and releases of recordings of his music; the commemorations will continue in 2011, marking the centenary of his death.Book looks at transnational labor force and how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:15 am695 views Many immigrants coming to the U.S. for factory jobs are taking advantage of opportunities in small towns like Beardstown, rather than big cities. In her new book, “Global Heartland,” published this month by Indiana University Press, University of Illinois urban and regional planning professor Faranak Miraftab looks at how this workforce is produced for the global labor market, how the workers maintain their lives and families on low-wage jobs, and how they’ve transformed the places they now call home.Book looks at views of those challenging reading material in schools, librariesFeb 13, 2015 9:00 am223 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While it may be tempting to dismiss as a censor anyone who wants to restrict access to a book, such individuals understand that books are powerful and have the potential to change lives, said Emily Knox, who recently wrote about the people who raise challenges to reading material.Book on Christo and Jeanne-Claude focuses on new 'Gates' projectApr 12, 2004 9:00 am8 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.Box office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am607 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.Brazilian musicians to showcase different styles of music from their countrySep 28, 2016 5:00 pm220 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.Bronze Tablet will honor 195 graduatesJun 14, 2000 9:00 am188 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- One hundred ninety-five names will appear on the newest Bronze Tablet being placed in the University of Illinois Library this fall.Carr visiting author series to showcase two acclaimed poetsJan 29, 2013 9:00 am18 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Kathleen Graber - a former high school English teacher who was inspired to write poetry after taking students on a field trip - will read from her critically acclaimed collections at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 (Wednesday) at the Illini Union Bookstore.Cellist Tomeka Reid and her jazz quartet to play at Krannert Art MuseumFeb 26, 2016 9:00 am575 views Tomeka Reid, who did her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois, will play a Sudden Sound concert on March 3 at Krannert Art Museum with her band, Tomeka Reid Quartet. Cellofest brings two renowned musicians to campusOct 15, 2003 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Halloween weekend will feature a mix of musical tricks and treats for students and fans of cello music attending the University of Illinois School of Music's Cellofest, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.Chamber music series to blend visual arts, music at Krannert Art MuseumOct 10, 2014 9:00 am59 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Works by Mozart and Mendelssohn as well as arrangements by jazz pianist Chick Corea and Stephen Sondheim will be performed this fall as part of a new chamber music series at Krannert Art Museum.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.Chicago stage production just the ticket for senior project in theaterMay 9, 2011 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois senior Alissa Norby did something completely different for her senior project in theater: She produced a sold-out concert in Chicago starring the Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley.Choral concert will explore events of 50 years ago, issues still relevant todayApr 25, 2016 9:15 am587 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.Choreographer developing new work during Krannert Center residencyAug 31, 2016 9:00 am336 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.Choreographer Tere O’Connor to give the Center for Advanced Study Annual LectureOct 21, 2016 3:15 pm247 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.Choreographer wrestles with notions of masculinity in new dance-theater workNov 28, 2017 8:00 am190 views The latest work by dancer-choreographer Cynthia Oliver looks for an expansive view of black masculinity. “Virago-Man Dem” considers male behaviors within Caribbean and African-American cultures, and how black men find themselves restricted by societal codes and taboos.Citizen's Police Academy is looking for applicantsJul 24, 2000 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- If you've ever wondered what it's like to cruise the streets in a police patrol car or see the inside of the Champaign County jail, you can do both by enrolling in the next session of the Champaign County Citizen Police Academy.Class demonstrates the rehabilitative powers of danceMay 6, 2010 9:00 am6 views Urbana resident Tauby Shimkin, 77, was able to walk without a cane for the first time in six years shortly after beginning a UI program aimed at helping people with disorders such as hers.Classics professor translating massive mythology treatise into EnglishNov 8, 2011 9:00 am52 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The lineage of every Greek god and every Roman god, along with the complex connections among them, was first spelled out in a set of 15 books written more than 600 years ago. Called Genealogia deorum gentilium, the massive compendium of more than 700 deities was assembled at the request of King Hugh IV of Cyprus by the Italian poet and scholar Giovanni Boccaccio.Co-creator of PBS documentary on American art to preview film locallyFeb 1, 2005 9:00 am15 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.Collaborative center to make it easier to access knowledge on computersMay 16, 2011 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - A new research center created by the University of Illinois and Indiana University, along with HathiTrust Digital Repository, will develop software to foster computer access to the growing digital record of knowledge.Collaborative journal to be first focused on pre-modern Chinese cultureNov 12, 2012 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Zong-qi Cai, a professor of East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Illinois, has created a unique scholarly journal in partnership with Peking University in Beijing and Duke University Press. Titled the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, this biannual publication will be funded by Peking University during its first five years. It's the only journal wholly dedicated to the study of pre-modern Chinese culture, and the first instance of a Chinese university becoming directly involved with English-language scholarship outside of China, Cai said.Collection edited by U. of I. scholar focuses on poetry by American IndiansFeb 28, 2011 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A few years ago, Robert Dale Parker was in a basement library reading microfilm he had ordered from the Library of Congress when he found a trove of poems written by an Ojibwe Indian. The fact that the poems were literate and lyrical pleased Parker, a literary critic, but the fact that they were from 1815 made him ecstatic.Colloquium to honor emeritus landscape architecture professorFeb 13, 2004 9:00 am45 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.Composer George Enescu to be celebrated with symposium Oct. 20-22Oct 10, 2000 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Fifty years after Romanian composer George Enescu's last residency at the University of Illinois, the campus is celebrating the anniversary with a three-day symposium Oct. 20-22.Composer George Walker to be on hand for Sinfonia world premiereOct 2, 2012 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Composer George Walker will join Sinfonia da Camera on Saturday (Oct. 6) for the world premiere of his "Movements" for cello and orchestra, featuring Dimitry Kouzov, professor of cello at the University of Illinois. Tenor Albert Rudolph Lee will join Sinfonia to perform Walker's "Lilacs" for voice and orchestra, a piece commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for which Walker was awarded the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for composition.Conceptual art on auction site calls attention to culture of consumptionOct 16, 2006 9:00 am10 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Type the key words "pink Melmac" into the search window on ebay.com and you're likely to find a few dozen matches. At any given time, such a search yields gravy boats, butter dishes, cups, saucers, plates and just about every other type of item manufactured and marketed in the 1950s as part of the now-retro Melmac brand of dinnerware.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.