blog postsKrannert Art Museum features solo show of Chicago-based sculptorAug 26, 2015 9:00 am233 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 am257 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 am939 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 am185 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 am197 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 am56 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 am120 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 am82 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 am176 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 am110 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 am136 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 am77 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 am31 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 am134 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 am66 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 am35 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 am90 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 am205 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 am16 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 am162 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 am31 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 am26 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 am52 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 am20 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 am81 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 am3 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 am103 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 am19 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 am226 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 am47 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 am269 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 am62 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 am225 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 am50 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 am86 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.$2 million Mellon grant to fund three new humanities research groupsJan 9, 2015 9:00 am149 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $2,050,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create research groups in three emerging areas in the humanities.NSF grant to help with application to teach music theoryJan 5, 2015 9:00 am86 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A University of Illinois music professor who developed a computer application for teaching music theory has received a National Science Foundation grant to complete development of a prototype and test it in a classroom next fall.U. of I. employee's record label earns two Grammy nominationsDec 23, 2014 9:00 am96 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Saxophonist and band leader Isham Jones is best known for writing the melody for "It Had to Be You" and other hit songs. Although a well-known songwriter and band leader during the 1920s and '30s, Jones' early recordings are largely unknown and overlooked. Meagan Hennessey hopes that will change, with the reissuance of music Jones recorded in 1920 in Chicago with his Rainbo Orchestra.U. of I. has three of top 100 scholarly articles receiving the most attention online in 2014Dec 22, 2014 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In a review of the scholarly research that captured the most public attention online this year, three of the top 100 articles had authors from the University of Illinois.Rare Book and Manuscript Library receives grant to catalog collection of rare Italian booksDec 22, 2014 9:00 am84 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois has received a grant of nearly a half million dollars to catalog rare Italian books and make them accessible to scholars.Five Illinois scholars awarded NEH FellowshipsDec 9, 2014 9:00 am234 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Five University of Illinois scholars have received National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2015. The U. of I. is the only institution to be awarded more than three of the fellowships for the coming year.New journal looks at significance of research on the Black DeathDec 8, 2014 9:00 am370 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It was one of the most famous health issues in history. The Black Death spread from Asia throughout the Mediterranean, North Africa and Europe in the 14th century, and in just a decade it killed between 40 and 60 percent of the people living in those areas.Japan House selling gifts items at Holiday BazaarDec 5, 2014 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Holiday shoppers can find many Asian-themed items at the Japan House Pop-Up Holiday Bazaar. The bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13, through Monday, Dec. 15.U. of I. guide helps holiday shoppers choose gift books for childrenDec 1, 2014 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Christmas lists of youngsters will likely be filled with their share of video games and other electronics. But good-old-fashioned books (and e-books) hold their own as items to both give and receive, especially if they include an intriguing villain, a hen-pecked superhero or a girl who sells graves for the family cemetery business.New book explores the legacies of sculptor Lorado TaftNov 17, 2014 9:00 am46 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When art historian Allen Stuart Weller died in 1997, he left behind a rough manuscript for a biography of Lorado Taft, the Illinois sculptor who helped the city of Chicago carve its reputation as a place of beauty and grandeur.Passes for 2015 Roger Ebert's Film Festival go on sale Nov. 1Oct 13, 2014 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Film fans who want the whole experience of the 17th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, or "Ebertfest," can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.Chamber music series to blend visual arts, music at Krannert Art MuseumOct 10, 2014 9:00 am72 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.International video exhibition and Japanese vampire film coming to Krannert Art MuseumOct 8, 2014 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In the age of YouTube it's hard to imagine, but once there was a day when video was something new and rare outside of broadcast studios, and so was video art.Pygmalion Literary Festival features award-winning authorsSep 16, 2014 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Last year marked the inauguration of a new literary festival held in conjunction with the popular Pygmalion Music Festival, the annual four-day showcase of regional and national bands at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Krannert Art Museum, and a variety of local clubs. Pygmalion's bookish arm, dubbed the Pygmalion Literary Festival, returns this year Sept. 25 (Thursday) - 28 (Sunday) with a long list of writers reading at venues other than libraries or book stores.Sinfonia da Camera announces its 31st seasonSep 16, 2014 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 2014-15 season of Sinfonia da Camera - the professional chamber orchestra affiliated with Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - will feature legendary pianist Menahem Pressler; Canadian Brass horn player Bernhard Scully; Sinfonia's own music director, the internationally-known pianist Ian Hobson; and a rarely heard arrangement of Handel's "Messiah."