blog postsKrannert Art Museum to unveil rare panoramic paintingMar 1, 2016 9:15 am845 views Krannert Art Museum will unveil March 9 a portion of a rare panoramic painting in the museum’s permanent collection. The painting – which dates to the 1870s and is 525 feet long – is one of fewer than two dozen surviving examples in the world of moving panoramas.Previously unknown Sandburg poem focuses on power of the gunJan 18, 2013 9:00 am839 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In an apparently unpublished and previously unknown poem, Carl Sandburg addressed the topic of guns. Titled "A Revolver," the short piece was discovered last week among Sandburg's archives, housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Illinois design students create virtual reality scenarios for those soon to be released from prisonMay 22, 2018 8:00 am824 views University of Illinois design students created immersive reality scenarios to help people who are soon to be released from prison learn how to meet certain challenges.Ebert Symposium to feature IMAX film, astronaut videographer, storytelling with dataSep 13, 2018 10:15 am818 views The first Roger Ebert Symposium will explore the cinematic presentation of science with help from an IMAX film shot from space, a former astronaut and a diverse group of academics and experts.Insects explode onscreen at this year’s Insect Fear Film Festival – and in real lifeFeb 22, 2016 11:45 am791 views Insects that explode or start fires are a great plot device in a horror film, but they also have (almost) real-life counterparts. "Exploding Arthropods” is the theme for the 2016 Insect Fear Film Festival on Feb. 27 at the University of Illinois.U. of I. composer chosen for Kronos Quartet projectFeb 13, 2017 9:15 am788 views Composer Erin Gee, a professor of composition-theory in the University of Illinois School of Music, is one of 10 composers selected to participate in Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future project in 2017.Illinois architecture students documenting historic modern homeOct 20, 2016 8:45 am788 views Armed with tape measures and sketch pads, University of Illinois architecture students are documenting a historic modernist home in the Chicago suburbs.Those who perform in Foellinger Great Hall say ‘hear, here!’Jul 19, 2012 2:15 pm773 views The sound was softer than a whisper, the aural equivalent of a tiny speck of dust on the lush soundscape of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “O canto do cysne negro.” It was loud enough, however, to catch the ear of flutist Jonathan Keeble as he listened to a recording of what would become the title track of the Aletheia Duo’s new CD, “Song of the Black Swan.”Ann Yeung, Aletheia harpist, heard it too.Art and design students exhibit their work at Krannert Art MuseumMay 6, 2016 9:00 am766 views Krannert Art Museum will exhibit the work of seniors in the School of Art and Design during the final week of the school year.Illinois lecturer receives Eisner Award for ‘Kindred’ graphic novel adaptationJul 31, 2018 9:15 am762 views University of Illinois lecturer and alumnus Damian Duffy won an Eisner Award for the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s science fiction novel “Kindred” that he created with U. of I. alumnus John Jennings.Robotic arm will give Illinois architecture students more fabrication optionsMar 15, 2017 8:00 am761 views The University of Illinois School of Architecture has a new fabrication tool for students to use in building objects they’ve designed. Its industrial robotic arm will allow students in its Detail and Fabrication Program to cut materials at angles and in shapes that they can’t do with the other fabrication tools.Illinois choreographer Abby Zbikowski garnering attention, honorsAug 16, 2017 8:45 am747 views The highly physical choreography of University of Illinois dance professor Abby Zbikowski has earned her a 2017 Juried Bessie Award and recognition in the dance world.Book looks at transnational labor force and how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:15 am746 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.Illinois historian’s translation of a unique medieval play to be staged on campusJan 13, 2017 3:30 pm715 views A re-creation of the oldest medieval vernacular play, in a new English translation, will be staged on the University of Illinois campus.U. of I. Symphony Orchestra concert to celebrate Mozart’s birthdayJan 18, 2018 9:45 am704 views The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra will perform some of Mozart’s best-loved works and less familiar pieces in celebration of the composer’s Jan. 27 birthday.University of Illinois theatre department season based on themes of free expression, censorshipOct 13, 2015 9:45 am696 views Illinois Theatre's 2015-16 season is based on the theme “Free Expression: Censored,” and features plays that have been censored or banned.Prominent Japanese cultural figures to visit University of Illinois’ Japan HouseOct 12, 2017 9:30 am692 views Japan House at the University of Illinois will host two prominent cultural figures from Japan this month -- Senko Ikenobo, the first female headmaster designate of the Ikenobo Ikebana School of Floral Art, and bamboo artist Noboru Fujinuma, a Living National Treasure of Japan.Summer Band Twilight Concerts a 107-year tradition at IllinoisJun 22, 2017 10:15 am690 views For more than 100 years, the University of Illinois Summer Band has performed free Twilight Concerts on the Main Quad.What can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?Jul 31, 2017 6:00 am681 views Lynne M. Thomas, the incoming head of the Illinois' Rare Book and Manuscript Library, says one thing has been consistent about 'Doctor Who' – it keeps changing with the timesConservation work gives old paintings a new lookSep 9, 2016 9:00 am680 views Several galleries at Krannert Art Museum reopened at the start of the fall semester, and some of the paintings hung there now have a fresher, brighter look.Krannert Center announces its 2016-17 seasonMay 5, 2016 9:45 am674 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will open its 2016-17 season with Afro-Cuban music, blues and a mixture of Bhangra, funk, rock and jazz. The variety of music at the “Opening Night Party” is matched by the variety of performers throughout the season.If the Rio Olympics had a soundtrack? Samba!Jul 29, 2016 11:00 am671 views A Minute With...™ Marc Hertzman, expert on the history of sambaSculpture of Thoreau’s cabin looks at artifice of objectsOct 5, 2016 8:30 am651 views University of Illinois art professor Conrad Bakker's interest in Henry David Thoreau, and in the artificiality of objects, led him to create a sculpture of Thoreau's cabin.Illinois architecture professor’s book examines the biases in design of products and placesMar 28, 2017 10:00 am645 views University of Illinois architecture professor Kathryn Anthony discusses the gender, age and body biases in product, building and fashion design in her new book, “Defined by Design.”Dance professor uses cellphone app to bring audience into theatrical performancesApr 6, 2016 9:45 am643 views The first message an audience member receives before a theatrical or music performance or dance is to turn off cellphones and refrain from texting or taking photos. John Toenjes, music director for the University of Illinois dance department, is telling audiences the opposite: Leave your phones on, and use them to interact with and enhance what you are seeing onstage.Illinois theatre department, alumni celebrating program’s 50th anniversaryMar 1, 2018 8:45 am641 views The University of Illinois theatre department is celebrating its 50th anniversary with events March 3-5.Krannert Art Museum opens exhibitions on indigo, Japanese art, faculty workAug 16, 2012 9:00 am639 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Art patrons will have the opportunity to stomp stalks of indigo - the plant that produces the famous blue dye - at "Fields of Indigo," an installation by textile artist Rowland Ricketts in collaboration with sound designer Norbert Heber, opening Aug. 31 at Krannert Art Museum.‘Illinois Artists’ documentary showcases talented faculty members, students and alumniAug 16, 2018 8:30 am638 views A pioneering ballerina, a groundbreaking theater company and nationally known jazz musicians are featured in a new program on the Big Ten Network. “Illinois Artists” captures University of Illinois performing arts professors, students and alumni performing in New York, Chicago and Urbana. The 30-minute documentary premieres Aug. 21 at 11 p.m. CT on BTN.Illinois campus explores legacy of the Russian Revolution in its centennial yearAug 29, 2017 9:15 am632 views The Russian Revolution marks its centennial this year and the University of Illinois, a leading center of Slavic studies, is exploring the revolution’s legacy through a series of fall events.Poet Janice Harrington’s new work reflects on life and art of painter Horace PippinOct 12, 2016 9:00 am628 views Poet Janice Harrington found inspiration for her latest book of poetry in the life and art of Horace Pippin. Her book is a critique of the perception of African-American folk art as primitive and a reflection on how Pippin’s experiences shaped his art.MFA Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum features student work in the artsApr 6, 2016 2:30 pm625 views The School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition will show the culmination of three years of work by 10 graduate students in art and design. The MFA Exhibition opens at Krannert Art Museum with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 9.Box office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am612 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.Art and architecture faculty awarded fellowshipsApr 6, 2017 12:30 pm606 views Three University of Illinois faculty in the College of Fine and Applied Arts have been awarded prestigious academic fellowships in their fields. Anne Burkus-Chasson and Prita Meier have been appointed senior fellows at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and Paul Hardin Kapp has been awarded the 2017 James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship.Choral concert will explore events of 50 years ago, issues still relevant todayApr 25, 2016 9:15 am599 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.Artist uses location, weather and other data to create sculptural landscapesJan 25, 2017 8:00 am589 views Artist Stephen Cartwright uses data he collects about himself and his environment to create sculptural landscapes.University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra to premiere music and video pieceOct 8, 2015 2:30 pm589 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.Cellist Tomeka Reid and her jazz quartet to play at Krannert Art MuseumFeb 26, 2016 9:00 am581 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. Krannert Center saving money on energy costs with switch to LED lightingSep 2, 2016 9:30 am573 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will soon see the difference in the facility’s energy bills. Every light fixture in the Foellinger Great Hall – other than those over the stage – has been changed from an incandescent to an LED light fixture. That’s well over 1,000 light bulbs.Flatlands Dance Film Festival kicks off dance department’s 50th year with ‘If the Dancer Dances,’ short filmsAug 27, 2018 9:15 am553 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival – the largest in the Midwest – will kick off the 50th anniversary season of the University of Illinois dance department.Summer concerts by string musicians part of music workshop at IllinoisJul 20, 2018 9:15 am547 views Several world-class string musicians will perform at the University of Illinois as part of a summer string workshop.From Chicago art to Chinese ceramics, Krannert Art Museum tells stories through its collectionsSep 17, 2018 8:30 am539 views Krannert Art Museum exhibitions highlight Chicago art and blue and white ceramics from its collection.Krannert Art Museum summer exhibition, events sharpen focus on photographyJun 6, 2018 12:15 pm537 views Krannert Art Museum’s landscape photography exhibition looks at our relationship with nature, includes workshops with noted local photographers.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to screen ‘Bronx Gothic,’ short dance filmsAug 29, 2017 9:30 am534 views The Flatlands Dance Film Festival at the University of Illinois will screen a new documentary film about performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her one-woman show “Bronx Gothic.”Unique 1937 steel guitar to be demonstrated, displayed at ELLNORA guitar festivalSep 14, 2017 8:00 am532 views A one-of-a-kind electric console guitar created by steel guitar performer Letritia Kandle in the 1930s will be demonstrated and on display at ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival.Tap dance a highlight of spring semester at Krannert Center for the Performing ArtsJan 10, 2019 9:00 am530 views Tap at Illinois will celebrate tap dancing with a semesterlong series of tap performances at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.Passes for revamped Roger Ebert’s Film Festival go on sale Nov. 1Oct 30, 2018 10:00 am529 views Passes for the 21th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, shortened from five days to four, go on sale Nov. 1.February Dance to reflect recent crisis responsesJan 26, 2018 9:00 am528 views February Dance, presented by the University of Illinois dance department, will include performances that explore responses to crisis, look at protest in an airport setting and celebrate the music of Tom Petty.Portrayals of doctors in comics have become more realistic, nuancedFeb 20, 2018 8:45 am528 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.Krannert Art Museum exhibition deals with themes of migration and bordersSep 6, 2016 9:15 am526 views A new exhibition at Krannert Art Museum looks at stories of migration, refugees and human rights as they relate to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – a region known as the Northern Triangle.Researchers look at lessons learned from disaster recovery around the worldJul 31, 2017 9:30 am524 views A new book by Robert Olshansky, the head of the University of Illinois department of urban and regional planning and an expert in post-disaster recovery, details the lessons learned from disaster recovery all over the world that can guide governments in better responding to a large disaster.