blog postsBook by Illinois music professor looks at how Brazilian forro music, environment are connectedDec 3, 2018 8:45 am270 views Illinois ethnomusicologist Michael Silvers writes in his new book about forro music of Brazil and its connections to the environment, drought and politics.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.Krannert Center for the Performing Arts announces performers for 2017-18 seasonMay 2, 2017 2:00 pm269 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.Illinois alum and producer of creature films will be a special guest at this year’s Insect Fear Film FestivalFeb 14, 2017 8:45 am265 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. Architecture professor wins two international design competitionsSep 21, 2012 9:00 am264 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.‘Flag Bomb,’ other art pieces use images of Americana to examine ideas of patriotismJan 27, 2016 9:30 am258 views Chris Kienke’s artwork uses images of Americana such as flags, fireworks, hot rods, car culture, the open road and guns to examine ideas of patriotism and how we define ourselves as Americans.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.George Inness' landscapes reveal more than portrayal of nature, author saysMar 24, 2005 9:00 am255 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To the casual 21st-century observer, 19th-century landscape paintings - with their pastoral scenes and idyllic, panoramic vistas - may appear to be little more than "pretty pictures" of bygone times.'Days of Heaven,' Tilda Swinton and Jack Black all part of 2013 'Ebertfest'Mar 22, 2013 9:00 am254 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Terrence Malick's 1978 film "Days of Heaven" won an Oscar for best cinematography, and Roger Ebert likely found that no surprise. It is "above all one of the most beautiful films ever made," Ebert said in a 1997 review.Choreographer Tere O’Connor to give the Center for Advanced Study Annual LectureOct 21, 2016 3:15 pm254 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.Final Petals & Paintings fundraiser this springMar 31, 2017 10:15 am253 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.Interactive app makes teaching music theory possible onlineAug 6, 2013 9:00 am248 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois music professor Heinrich Taube has developed a computer application that could change the way music theory is taught. Called Harmonia, the program allows teachers to create an endless variety of composition or analysis assignments, provides students with immediate feedback, and performs instant harmonic analysis of complex compositions. It is the first app created at the U. of I. to appear in Apple's iTunes store for computer applications, and could pave the way for teaching music theory online.Choreographer wrestles with notions of masculinity in new dance-theater workNov 28, 2017 8:00 am248 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.Design professors use native fibers, farm waste to make sustainable paperJan 30, 2014 9:00 am241 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While most artists aspire to have their best work hung on the walls of galleries and museums, two professors in the University of Illinois School of Art and Design have a different dream: They hope their work might provide corrugated cardboard, laminated building materials, or maybe the insulation hidden behind the art gallery walls. Eric Benson, a professor of graphic design, and Steve Kostell, a professor of art and design, are collaborators in Fresh Press - a research project focused on using indigenous fibers and agricultural waste to make environmentally friendly paper products.Brazilian musicians to showcase different styles of music from their countrySep 28, 2016 5:00 pm240 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.Art and music harmonize at Art Remastered performances at Krannert Art MuseumFeb 12, 2018 8:00 am239 views Krannert Art Museum will host Art Remastered, a performance by six local musicians who composed new music in response to a piece of art at the museum.New book is first to focus on controversial artist Suzanne LacyMar 15, 2010 9:00 am235 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The work of controversial artist Suzanne Lacy defies simple categorization. Sometimes described as performance art, feminist art or political art, it encompasses all those categories but fits neatly into none of them.Interactive dance featuring cellphone app will be part of February Dance performancesJan 31, 2017 8:45 am234 views Audience members will use their cellphones to interact with dancers and the set during the premiere of “Critical Mass” this week at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The performances are part of February Dance: Designed Environments, presented by the University of Illinois dance department.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.Krannert 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.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. 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.Guerrilla Girls invade Krannert Art Museum in JanuaryJan 14, 2014 9:00 am223 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond" is one of four new exhibitions opening Jan. 23 at the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum. Featuring major works from international projects by the anonymous feminist collective that has been urging museums toward equality for almost 30 years, the expansive, multimedia "Not Ready" exhibition will include iconic pieces from the group's 1980s and '90s activism as well as behind-the-scenes photos, love letters and hate mail.Illinois art history professor was one of the 'Monuments Men'Feb 7, 2014 9:00 am219 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - "The Monuments Men" - the movie written by and starring George Clooney and opening today (Feb. 7) - is based on the true story of a platoon of art historians recruited to rescue masterpieces stolen by the Nazis in World War II. One of those Monuments Men was Edwin Carter Rae, who taught art history at the University of Illinois both before and after his service with the U.S. Army. New teaching tools aid visually impaired students in learning mathMar 15, 2010 9:00 am216 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mastering mathematics can be daunting for many children, but researchers have found that children with visual impairments face disproportionate challenges learning math, and by the time they reach the college level, they are significantly under-represented in science, technology, mathematics and engineering disciplines.Krannert Art Museum to offer short films, panel discussion for World AIDS DayNov 27, 2018 10:45 am214 views Krannert Art Museum will screen short films about AIDS activism – the only downstate Illinois venue to show the films – for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.Professors, partners share passion for Argentine tangoMar 12, 2012 9:00 am213 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Ask Claire Barker how she became a tango dancer and she tells a story that begins when she became a nun. Barker - a professor of internal medicine at the University of Illinois - had a friend who was staging a production of "The Sound of Music" at a local theater and needed more holy sisters for the abbey scenes. Barker auditioned, and was cast not only as a nun but also as a dancer in the ballroom scene. Dance coaches for the production noticed Barker's knack for the Viennese waltz and encouraged her to continue dancing. She enrolled at the Regent Ballroom in Savoy, Ill., and soon fell in love with the Argentine tango. For the past five years, she has been hosting monthly "milongas" (tango dance parties) at the Channing-Murray Foundation on the Illinois campus.Soundwalks in Urbana parks put participants in touch with sonic environmentsApr 26, 2017 9:45 am213 views Audio artist Eric Leonardson will lead soundwalks in two Urbana parks as part of the Sonified Sustainability Festival, to celebrate sustainable practices in the arts. The soundwalks aim to make people more aware of the sounds around them, both natural and man-made.Artists at Krannert Art Museum want you to use your ears as well as your eyesApr 3, 2018 8:00 am208 views Artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme want you to listen to, and not just look at, their work on view at Krannert Art Museum.November Dance features dance exchange program pieceNov 6, 2017 9:30 am208 views The November Dance performance will feature a work by Latvian choreographer Olga Zitluhina, created during a cultural exchange with the University of Illinois dance department.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.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.Bond ... James Bond ... turns 60 and is to be celebrated at IllinoisMar 25, 2013 9:00 am192 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.Dancer-choreographer ups the tempo with new book and dance collageDec 10, 2009 9:00 am189 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Keeping pace with dancer-choreographer Cynthia Oliver is always a challenge. The woman knows how to move.School of Architecture honors excellenceJun 15, 2004 9:00 am188 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One hundred twenty-one undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were honored for scholastic excellence during the 2004 spring semester. A total of $329,395 in prizes was awarded.Faculty artists engage the contemporary world with exhibition at Krannert Art MuseumOct 31, 2018 3:15 pm188 views University of Illinois art and design faculty members show their work at Krannert Art Museum.Krannert Art Museum to screen short films on World AIDS DayNov 27, 2017 9:45 am188 views Krannert Art Museum will show seven short films about the impact of the AIDS crisis in black communities as part of Day With(out) Art. It is the first year the museum is hosting the film program in recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.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.Memorial to World War II veterans to be dedicated Dec. 4 in Springfield, IllinoisNov 24, 2004 9:00 am183 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill., has memorials dedicated to Illinois citizens who served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Incredibly, there was no similar monument honoring the contributions of the state's 987,000 World War II veterans.Marching Illini chosen to appear in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2015May 2, 2014 9:00 am177 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - More than 350 University of Illinois students got their 2015 holiday plans disrupted today - in the best possible way. The Marching Illini learned the band is one of 10 chosen to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 26, 2015, beating out more than 175 applicants from around the country. The parade, a tradition since 1924, now draws more than 3.5 million live spectators and an estimated 50 million TV viewers.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.Blind U. of I. staff member creates Braille diploma for recent graduateAug 19, 2008 9:00 am171 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.New book tells the story of a little-known volcano's global impactMar 20, 2014 9:00 am170 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The 200th anniversary of the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history will be marked by the publication of a new book by University of Illinois professor Gillen D'Arcy Wood. If you think the title character might be Vesuvius, or Krakatoa, or maybe Pinatubo, you're wrong. Wood's focus is Tambora - a mountain in the Indonesian archipelago that erupted so violently in April of 1815 that today, it is ranked as "super colossal" on the scientific Volcanic Explosivity Index. And the explosion was only the first dose of Tambora's destructive power.Exhaustive computer research project shows shift in English languageMay 15, 2013 9:00 am170 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.School of Architecture honors 97 students for excellenceJun 14, 2000 9:00 am169 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Ninety-seven undergraduate and graduate students in the University of Illinois School of Architecture were honored for scholastic excellence during the 2000 spring semester.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to show dance films from around the worldAug 28, 2015 9:15 am166 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 to showcase art and design work by MFA studentsApr 4, 2017 9:00 am165 views Graduate students in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois will present their work at the Master of Fine Arts Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum.Robert B. Graves named dean of U. of I. College of Fine and Applied ArtsMar 8, 2007 9:00 am162 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Robert B. Graves, the interim dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, has been selected to be the college's permanent dean, pending approval of the U. of I. Board of Trustees. The board will formally consider the appointment at its March 13 meeting in Urbana. The appointment is effective March 16.'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.Education Justice Project wins prize for innovative prison ESL classMay 17, 2013 9:00 am151 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Students in the University of Illinois Education Justice Project have received the Arcus Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. The students' project, Language Partners, was one of three entries honored last week from among 188 submitted by organizations in 23 nations. The $30,000 award will be split with two other social justice organizations.