blog postsStudent documentaries on display at Krannert Art Museum provide views on inequalityDec 2, 2015 10:00 am482 views A series of video and audio projects by University of Illinois students examines how those students feel about racism, sexism and wealth inequality.Marching Illini bringing in Santa at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeNov 20, 2015 10:45 am6350 views The entrance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ushers in the holiday season. And this year, the Marching Illini will be ushering in Santa Claus.Prints flocked with gunpowder to draw attention to gun violence on college campusesNov 11, 2015 2:00 pm1010 views Printmaker and University of Illinois art professor Guen Montgomery used a woodblock carving project, “National Mandate: Run, Hide, Fight,” to deal with her feelings of discomfort over Homeland Security directives on active shooter situations on college campuses.November Dance features tribute to Beverly Blossom, partnership with KAM exhibitionOct 30, 2015 1:30 pm499 views Dance at Illinois will celebrate its history of excellence in choreography and commemorate the life of Beverly Blossom with its “November Dance: Attachment” performances.University of Illinois composer chosen for Copland House residencyOct 30, 2015 9:45 am1281 views University of Illinois music professor Carlos Carrillo is one of 10 composers chosen for a Copland House Residency Award.Krannert Art Museum concert series to celebrate anniversaries of progressive music groupsOct 22, 2015 11:30 am496 views Krannert Art Museum will celebrate the contribution of Chicago musicians to progressive jazz music with upcoming performances in its Sudden Sound Concert Series.Ebert Film Festival passes go on sale Nov. 2Oct 14, 2015 9:45 am889 views Roger Ebert’s Film Festival returns for an 18th year in April, and those who want the whole experience can soon purchase festival passes.Jazz-playing robot will provide insight into how computers communicate with humansOct 14, 2015 9:30 am1292 views A University of Illinois researcher is designing a robot – actually a computer system – that will communicate with humans through jazz improvisation and provide insight into artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction.University of Illinois theatre department season based on themes of free expression, censorshipOct 13, 2015 9:45 am619 views Illinois Theatre's 2015-16 season is based on the theme “Free Expression: Censored,” and features plays that have been censored or banned.University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra to premiere music and video pieceOct 8, 2015 2:30 pm567 views The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra will premiere two works on Friday by composer Michael Udow, a U. of I. alumnus, including a composition that accompanies a film.Marching Illini preparing for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performanceOct 1, 2015 12:15 pm4736 views When the Marching Illini perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, they’ll march and play for 2 1/2 miles, in front of 3 million people lining the parade route.AmpliMy project to give a voice to those who have trouble being heardSep 15, 2015 9:45 am1891 views Alexis Wernsing, a University of Illinois student majoring in art history, has cerebral palsy, and her voice is not powerful. She is working with industrial design professor Deana McDonagh and Skot Wiedmann, a graduate of the School of Art and Design and a technician in electrical and computer engineering, who will design and build a voice amplifier called AmpliMy.Industrial designer will help make wearable health-monitoring electronics comfortable, easy to useSep 15, 2015 9:30 am916 views University of Illinois researchers are taking the skin-mounted electronics developed on campus and making a wearable health-monitoring device that could measure a person’s vital signs and provide information to help his or her doctor better monitor the patient’s health.Renowned banjo player with U. of I. roots to play ELLNORA with Punch BrothersSep 3, 2015 9:30 am1293 views When Noam Pikelny came to the University of Illinois as a student, he planned to study computer engineering. Although he’d been playing the banjo since he was a child and he deeply loved music, computer engineering seemed the more secure career path. He thought music would be a serious lifelong hobby.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to show dance films from around the worldAug 28, 2015 9:15 am162 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will screen more than two dozen films about dance over three consecutive Tuesdays in September, including the Midwest premiere of a new film about hip-hop and break dancing.Krannert Art Museum features solo show of Chicago-based sculptorAug 26, 2015 9:00 am227 views Experiencing Nnenna Okore’s abstract sculptural pieces made from burlap is not so much about looking at them as it is being surrounded by them – walking around, between and underneath them, and looking through one to the next.Illini Gadget Garage will provide a space to repair electronics on campusAug 24, 2015 9:00 am253 views The Illini Gadget Garage will open this semester. It will be a place for collaborative repair, modeled after the Campus Bike Center, only for electronics. The goal of the Gadget Garage project – part of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center – is to extend the useful life of electronic products and reduce electronic waste.Japan House to host Matsuri Festival to celebrate Japanese cultureAug 20, 2015 9:00 am924 views Japan House will host its first Matsuri festival, celebrating Japanese culture, at the end of the month. The event is free and open to the public.New art exhibitions at Krannert Art Museum open Aug. 27Aug 19, 2015 9:00 am146 views Krannert Art Museum will exhibit a wide variety of works from its permanent collection – many of which have not been displayed publicly in a long time – as the museum opens its new season Aug. 27. Four exhibitions will open that evening, including a solo exhibition by acclaimed sculptor Nnenna Okore, current work by U. of I. faculty members, and two collection-based shows. A public reception will begin at 6 p.m.U. of I. art professor curates a Barack Obama Presidential Library by the peopleJun 17, 2015 9:00 am180 views The Barack Obama Presidential Library is open in Hyde Park, Illinois. Not the official presidential library, which won’t be completed for years, but a Barack Obama Presidential Library exhibit at the Hyde Park Free Theater, a new storefront community arts center.Larry Gray, esteemed bassist and cellist and U. of I. jazz professor, touring with jazz greatsJun 17, 2015 9:00 am41 views Larry Gray is a highly regarded bassist who has played with many legends of jazz music. But playing on the “Made in Chicago” project with drummer Jack DeJohnette, with whom he is about to embark on a European tour, is “a career high.”Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces its 2015-16 seasonMay 12, 2015 9:00 am112 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015-16 season will feature international stars whose roots are in Champaign-Urbana or at the University of Illinois.Krannert Art Museum to showcase student workMay 6, 2015 9:00 am73 views Krannert Art Museum and the School of Art and Design will display the work of graduating seniors in art and design. The School of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition opens May 9, with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on display in the East and Gelvin Noel galleries through May 17.Report details episodes of racial stereotyping in the classroom, offers recommendations to combat itMay 4, 2015 9:00 am131 views Students of color at the University of Illinois say they hear racist remarks, are subjected to stereotypes, feel excluded in group projects or receive other negative messages based on race, according to a new report on race relations.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.Three Illinois professors elected to the American Academy of Arts and SciencesApr 22, 2015 9:00 am118 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Three University of Illinois professors have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the longest-standing honorary societies in the nation. Psychology professors J. Kathryn Bock and Gary S. Dell, and physics professor Taekjip Ha will join other new members in an induction ceremony in October in Cambridge, Massachusetts.ELLNORA 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.U. of I. musicians perform on new CD by composer Augusta Read ThomasApr 16, 2015 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois musicians - faculty members and students - perform works by renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas on a new CD. The music on "Astral Canticle" was recorded in December 2014 in the Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Stephen Peterson of Ithaca College appointed to lead U. of I. bands programApr 16, 2015 9:00 am101 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The longtime director of bands at Ithaca College will lead the University of Illinois concert and athletic bands, including the Marching Illini, beginning in August.U. of I. humanities research program announces fellowship awardsApr 13, 2015 9:00 am63 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Seven faculty members and seven graduate students are recipients of Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. The fellowships support research and writing on topics chosen by the fellowship recipients.Events to celebrate Tennessee Williams' work during 'Not About Nightingales' at KrannertApr 10, 2015 9:00 am31 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.U. of I. music faculty members, students to perform at downtown chamber music festivalApr 7, 2015 9:00 am69 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When jazz bassist Lawrence Gray and violinist Stefan Milenkovich perform music by Bach this weekend, it won't be a straight-up, standard interpretation of the music. The duo will improvise on a classical composition in a Friday evening concert, "Baroque-n-Roll."Floral designs on display for Krannert Art Museum fundraiserApr 1, 2015 9:00 am153 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Krannert Art Museum will soon display a different kind of artwork. Its annual Petals & Paintings exhibition takes place April 11-12, with an opening gala April 10. The exhibition will feature 21 floral designs that complement or respond to a piece of artwork in the museum.Inaugural poet Richard Blanco to visit campus for book readingMar 30, 2015 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Poet Richard Blanco - the fifth and youngest inaugural poet and the first Latino, immigrant and gay person to serve in that role - will visit the University of Illinois for a reading and book signing April 7.'Ebertfest' lineup includes film about David Foster Wallace, with Jason Segel as guestMar 25, 2015 9:00 am148 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "The End of the Tour," a new film about a journalist's five insightful days with "Infinite Jest" author David Foster Wallace, will be among the featured films at this year's Roger Ebert's Film Festival, running April 15-19 in Champaign-Urbana.U. of I. composition professor receives fellowship from American Academy of Arts and LettersMar 23, 2015 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Erin Gee, a composer known for her works that use nontraditional vocal techniques, is one of two composers to win the 2015 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gee, a University of Illinois professor of composition-theory, won the fellowship based on two new pieces that premiered in 2014.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.Multimedia show coming to Krannert Center tells story of impact of war on Marines, familiesMar 12, 2015 9:00 am47 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A multimedia production tells the story of U.S. Marines stationed in Afghanistan - not just the stresses they face from fighting a war, but also the emotional toll on their families and the struggles to readjust when veterans return home. "BASETRACK Live," a documentary theater piece about the impact of war on veterans and their families, will come to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. March 18.Symposium looks at music and the Great WarMar 2, 2015 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A two-day symposium hosted by the University of Illinois School of Music will look at creative responses to World War I, starting with the musical interpretations of the iconic poem "In Flanders Fields."Artist, alumnus William Wegman returns to KAMFeb 27, 2015 9:00 am71 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Artist William Wegman is best known for his photographs of his Weimaraners, but his work also includes painting, drawing and video. Wegman received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1967, and he'll return to campus next week to speak at Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, at 5:30 p.m. March 5.New source of horror at the Insect Fear Festival: female entomologistsFeb 19, 2015 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Whether pursuing eternal youth or manipulating insects in the lab, female entomologists are themselves a source of horror in many science fiction movies and TV shows. Their roles have shifted over the decades, however, making them a worthy focus of the 2015 Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois.New source of horror at the Insect Fear Festival: female entomologistsFeb 19, 2015 9:00 am83 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Whether pursuing eternal youth or manipulating insects in the lab, female entomologists are themselves a source of horror in many science fiction movies and TV shows. Their roles have shifted over the decades, however, making them a worthy focus of the 2015 Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois.'Freedom Sings' event on March 3 to tell the story of free speech through songFeb 16, 2015 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A musical tribute to the First Amendment is coming to the University of Illinois campus March 3.Book looks at views of those challenging reading material in schools, librariesFeb 13, 2015 9:00 am222 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.U. of I. architecture school joins new consortium on design and health researchFeb 11, 2015 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois School of Architecture is a charter member of a new research consortium of the American Institute of Architects, focusing on issues of design and health.KAM architecture exhibition highlights modernist homes, process of fabricationFeb 3, 2015 9:00 am208 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Erik Hemingway says his Urbana home, designed by the late architect John Replinger, is a well-kept secret. With its floor-to-ceiling windows across the back looking onto a golf course, a feeling of openness and spaciousness inside, and an interior courtyard, it's an example of midcentury modern architectural style.Professor of piano pedagogy wins national composition awardFeb 2, 2015 9:00 am54 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Christos Tsitsaros, a professor of piano pedagogy at the University of Illinois School of Music, has been named the 2014 Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association.U. of I. library system has unique collection of Indian comic booksJan 28, 2015 9:00 am165 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The artwork in the comic books would look familiar to any comic book fan. A well-muscled, green-skinned man and a Wonder Woman-type character square off against several figures with the faces of humans and bodies of snakes. There are explosions, a superhero climbing up the outside of a building and another breathing what appears to be green fire.Donald Mullally, public radio pioneer, dies at 77Jan 23, 2015 9:00 am35 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Donald Mullally, former general manager of WILL and National Public Radio board chairman, died Tuesday (Jan. 20) at home in Champaign. He was 77. Mullally guided NPR through its worst financial crisis and led a restructuring of the public radio system.New takes on modern design, Wegman's art are highlights at Krannert Art MuseumJan 14, 2015 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With its emphasis on function and utility, use of modern materials and manufacturing methods, and embrace of abstraction, modernist design was on the cutting edge of mid-20th century style, influencing architecture, art, the design of furniture and household objects, typography and graphic design.