blog postsReproductions of Irish cultural icons on display at Spurlock MuseumSep 20, 2016 9:15 am485 views High-quality reproductions of medieval Irish metalwork – acquired by the University of Illinois 100 years ago – are the centerpiece of a new exhibit at Spurlock Museum of World Cultures.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to feature Misty Copeland film ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ and international short filmsAug 18, 2016 8:00 am480 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival will present the feature film “A Ballerina’s Tale,” about American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland, as well as short films created for Snapchat and the winners of the Flatlands film competition.Portrayals of doctors in comics have become more realistic, nuancedFeb 20, 2018 8:45 am475 views Depictions of medical doctors in comics have become less stereotypical and more realistic, says Carol Tilley, a University of Illinois professor of information sciences and a comics historian and scholar.Summer concerts by string musicians part of music workshop at IllinoisJul 20, 2018 9:15 am465 views Several world-class string musicians will perform at the University of Illinois as part of a summer string workshop.Krannert Art Museum programs to bring art and students togetherAug 15, 2018 8:00 am458 views Krannert Art Museum aims to attract more students with new programs that include social activities, internships and free student memberships.Illinois researcher looks at how software design controls our interactions with technologySep 8, 2016 8:00 am453 views University of Illinois professor Ben Grosser says software design is directing the way all of us move as we use our technology, yet we pay little attention to these human-tech interactions. Grosser recently made a video supercut of scenes from the Netflix series “House of Cards” showing characters in the show using technology – the first in a series of three videos for his “Touching Software” project.Krannert Art Museum assembling major exhibition on Swahili artsSep 22, 2016 10:15 am450 views An exhibition to open at Krannert Art Museum in fall 2017, “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean,” will be an unprecedented look at the arts of the Swahili coast of Africa. Contemporary comics: More than superheroesApr 5, 2016 9:15 am445 views A Minute With...™ Carol Tilley, professor and one of six judges of the Will Eisner Comic Industry AwardsIllinois composer writes sesquicentennial music recognizing Carl Woese’s discovery of third domain of lifeFeb 21, 2017 9:00 am444 views Music representing one of the most important scientific discoveries made on the University of Illinois campus will be played on the historic Altgeld Chimes and the McFarland Carillon as part of the U. of I.’s sesquicentennial celebration. Composer Stephen Taylor, a professor of music composition and theory in the School of Music, created a new musical work that represents the chromosome of an organism within Archaea, or a third domain of life discovered by Illinois microbiologist Carl Woese.Krannert Art Museum’s $10 million campaign supports acquisitions of work by female artistsJul 25, 2018 9:45 am432 views Krannert Art Museum has expanded its collection by acquiring more works by female artists of the 20th century, with the support of a recently concluded five-year, $10 million fundraising initiative.Japan House open house to feature the art of making Japanese sweetsMar 24, 2011 9:00 am431 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Japan House will celebrate the change of seasons with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9 (Saturday) that will feature the art of making traditional Japanese sweets, known as wagashi. ‘Gathering’ concert series features new music to celebrate sesquicentennialMar 29, 2018 9:00 am423 views The University of Illinois Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers will perform a new composition written to celebrate the U. of I.’s sesquicentennial in April concerts at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and at Urbana’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Krannert Center’s new assisted listening system to benefit patrons with hearing lossSep 19, 2018 10:30 am422 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has a new assisted listening system to help patrons with hearing impairment enjoy performances.Allerton Music Barn Festival to feature music of Dizzy Gillespie, contemporary Broadway showSep 26, 2017 8:00 am419 views This fall’s Allerton Barn Music Festival will feature a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie and a production of the contemporary Broadway musical “[title of show].”Transformation is the theme of “BEAR,” part of a lifelong project on endangered animalsJul 26, 2016 8:00 am414 views “BEAR” is the fourth performance in “The Unreliable Bestiary,” a lifelong project by University of Illinois art professor Deke Weaver to present a performance for every letter of the alphabet, each representing an endangered animal or habitat. Weaver’s project tells the stories of animals and our relationships to them.Illinois music school, Krannert Center celebrating Thelonious MonkNov 10, 2017 11:30 am409 views The University of Illinois School of Music and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Thelonious Monk’s birth by staging performances of Monk’s music and looking at his impact through a graduate seminar.Illinois music ensemble, professors part of Vienna’s music scene this springMay 26, 2017 10:00 am402 views The University of Illinois is well-represented in Vienna's music scene this spring by the Chamber Singers choir on a 12-day European tour, as well as music professor and pianist William Kinderman and theatre professor Katherine Syer.Ex-director of U. of I. Japan House to be honored by government of JapanJun 1, 2012 9:00 am401 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.February brings a variety of world music performances to campusFeb 8, 2016 8:45 am384 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.Krannert Art Museum show celebrates work of seniors in art and designMay 7, 2018 10:30 am382 views An exhibition at Krannert Art Museum will celebrate the work of graduating Illinois seniors in art and design.MFA Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum to feature work by art and design graduate studentsApr 19, 2018 2:15 pm379 views Krannert Art Museum will feature the work of graduate students in art and design in its MFA Exhibition, opening April 21.Stories of troubled youth and their families depicted in documentary-theater production “WILDERNESS”Mar 16, 2017 8:45 am377 views “WILDERNESS,” a documentary-theater piece coming to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts later this month, tells the stories of a half-dozen adolescents who are sent to a wilderness-therapy program in the desert to work through the issues that are troubling them.WPA artwork, light sculpture and art related to the U of I land-grant mission featured at Krannert Art MuseumJan 19, 2017 2:00 pm365 views Krannert Art Museum will open several spring exhibitions on Jan. 26, including artwork created through the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project, objects related to the history of land-grant universities and light sculpture.Krannert Art Museum exhibition celebrates early images of nature, female artistsAug 9, 2017 9:15 am365 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum celebrates images of nature, with an emphasis on female artists.From Chicago art to Chinese ceramics, Krannert Art Museum tells stories through its collectionsSep 17, 2018 8:30 am359 views Krannert Art Museum exhibitions highlight Chicago art and blue and white ceramics from its collection.New journal looks at significance of research on the Black DeathDec 8, 2014 9:00 am357 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.Allerton Park kicks off its concert series May 6May 4, 2016 12:45 pm354 views Allerton Park and Retreat Center will kick off its concert series on Friday, May 6.Choreographer developing new work during Krannert Center residencyAug 31, 2016 9:00 am347 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.Krannert Art Museum renovations transform galleriesOct 28, 2016 8:45 am345 views Four galleries at Krannert Art Museum that hadn’t changed in more than 50 years have been renovated.Krannert Art Museum exhibitions rethink colonial narratives, cultural heritageJan 23, 2018 8:15 am341 views Krannert Art Museum will open two exhibitions on Jan. 25: Artist Allan deSouza looks at the legacy of colonial imperialism, and Palestinian artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme will have the U.S. premiere of their work, which offers new narratives from the Middle East.U. of I. faculty will discuss concepts of time over wine at Krannert Art Museum symposiumFeb 17, 2016 12:45 pm332 views University of Illinois faculty will spend an evening drinking wine and discussing the nature of time at Krannert Art Museum. The conversation constitutes a performance, “Time Symposium,” that will be staged by Raqs Media Collective, artists from India.Krannert Center residency offers choreographer resources to develop opera productionsAug 23, 2017 9:00 am326 views Choreographer and visual artist Jonah Bokaer recently spent a two-week residency at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as he develops two opera productions. He was participating in Krannert Center's Intensive Development Lab, a program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that offers artists space and resources to develop a new work.Dance, architecture students collaborate on sustainable dance spaceMay 11, 2009 9:00 am319 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students in the School of Architecture and the department of dance at the University of Illinois worked together to design and build a much-needed graduate dance rehearsal space on the second level of the East Art Annex 2 in Urbana.Krannert Art Museum’s collection of African pots on display this springJan 20, 2016 1:15 pm315 views Krannert Art Museum will display most of its collection of African vessels in a spring exhibition titled “Spheres of Influence,” which opens Jan. 28.Creative architectural projects subject of two new I space exhibitionsJan 26, 2006 9:00 am312 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Innovative architectural projects will be featured in two new exhibitions on view Feb. 3-25 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Illinois printmaker pursues new medium through artist residencyNov 10, 2016 10:45 am310 views University of Illinois art professor Emmy Lingscheit created a pack of coyotes, made of vitreous china, during a Kohler Arts/Industry residency. The coyote sculptures are on display through Nov. 20 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. One piece will be included in the School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum, opening Nov. 17.Student uses street dance to explore the intricacy of movementApr 20, 2016 10:45 am301 views Brendan Behan, a third-year MFA student in dance, used movements and choreographic styles from hip-hop and house to explore the intricacy of movement. He will perform his solo dance, “Box Cake,” at StudioDance II April 21-23 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.New practice area for Marching Illini neatly solves multiple problemsOct 15, 2013 9:00 am297 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois Marching Illini provides the soundtrack for a long list of cherished football traditions. Gridiron games wouldn't be nearly as much fun without the band leading the players out of the tunnel, playing "Imperial March" from "Star Wars" on third downs, and of course "Oskee Wow Wow" after every touchdown. But the band is about to abandon one lesser-known custom that dates back several generations - and everybody is happy to see this one go.Industrial design: Illinois' long history with the art of the inevitableJul 18, 2013 9:00 am291 views Toward the end of her freshman year at the U. of I., Michelle Kwak found herself floundering. Having aced all her advanced placement classes at Lemont High School (in suburban Chicago), she was caught off-guard by the rigors of her engineering courses, and turned to one of her deans for guidance. He knew that Kwak considered art her main hobby, and suggested that she check out industrial design - a program she had never heard of.Ecology and the arts are focus of Sonified Sustainability FestivalApr 17, 2017 9:15 am290 views The Sonified Sustainability Festival, presented at the University of Illinois during Earth Week and in its second year, celebrates sustainable practices in the arts.Krannert Art Museum will host artist Autumn Knight for performances and art exhibitionJan 23, 2017 10:00 am287 views Krannert Art Museum will host the first solo museum presentation by performance artist Autumn Knight, who incorporates elements of theater, dance, psychology and religious studies into her work.Lyric Theatre’s “Viva Verdi!” to showcase highlights of Verdi’s operasFeb 22, 2017 2:00 pm287 views The production of “Viva Verdi!” by the Lyric Theatre, at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, is a tribute to Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, featuring some of his best-known arias, scenes, choruses and overtures.Alma Mater sculpture restoration more extensive than originally thoughtMar 4, 2013 9:00 am277 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Because deterioration to the Alma Mater sculpture is more extensive than an initial inspection of the exterior indicated, the restoration of the 5-ton bronze statue is going to cost more and take longer.Art exhibition encourages discussions about revolution during Russian Revolution centennialAug 29, 2017 8:45 am274 views An exhibition at Krannert Art Museum uses the centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and contemporary artworks to spark conversations about the broader concept of revolution.Illinois alum and producer of creature films will be a special guest at this year’s Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 14, 2017 8:45 am261 views The 2017 Insect Fear Film Festival will feature a return of lava-spewing killer tarantulas in “2 Lava 2 Lantula,” along with giant subterranean beetles in “Caved In” and special guest Paul Hertzberg, a U. of I. graduate who produced the films. 600-year-old tradition of Japanese Noh theater to be performed at U. of I.Mar 17, 2011 9:00 am261 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Champaign-Urbana audiences will have the rare opportunity to experience the 600-year-old Japanese theater art called Noh when the Kashu-juku Noh Theater troupe from Kyoto, Japan, performs March 29 (Tuesday) at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.KAM architecture exhibition highlights modernist homes, process of fabricationFeb 3, 2015 9:00 am260 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.Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces performers for 2017-18 seasonMay 2, 2017 2:00 pm257 views The 2017-18 season for Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will include a 15th anniversary celebration of Jupiter String Quartet, dance traditions from around the world, joint programming with Japan House, classical and chamber music artists, and a concert in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.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.Architecture professor wins two international design competitionsSep 21, 2012 9:00 am257 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It started as a mess of paper towels pinned around a foam core frame and plopped onto the table in Kevin Erickson's office. Erickson, a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois, used scissors to cut a couple of holes in the towels and decided he liked this organic, gourd-shaped assemblage. With time and "development" - a word Erickson uses frequently - that paper towel model grew into a construction that claimed first prize in an international design competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba.