blog postsPreviously unknown Sandburg poem focuses on power of the gunJan 18, 2013 9:00 am806 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 - In an apparently unpublished and previously unknown poem, Carl Sandburg addressed the topic of guns.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 am790 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.Insects explode onscreen at this year’s Insect Fear Film Festival – and in real lifeFeb 22, 2016 11:45 am789 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 am786 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.Ebert Symposium to feature IMAX film, astronaut videographer, storytelling with dataSep 13, 2018 10:15 am783 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.Illinois architecture students documenting historic modern homeOct 20, 2016 8:45 am778 views Armed with tape measures and sketch pads, University of Illinois architecture students are documenting a historic modernist home in the Chicago suburbs.Art and design students exhibit their work at Krannert Art MuseumMay 6, 2016 9:00 am765 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.Those who perform in Foellinger Great Hall say ‘hear, here!’Jul 19, 2012 2:15 pm737 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.Illinois choreographer Abby Zbikowski garnering attention, honorsAug 16, 2017 8:45 am735 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.Illinois lecturer receives Eisner Award for ‘Kindred’ graphic novel adaptationJul 31, 2018 9:15 am732 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 am731 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.Book looks at transnational labor force and how immigrants revitalize a small Midwest townFeb 1, 2016 9:15 am713 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 pm703 views A re-creation of the oldest medieval vernacular play, in a new English translation, will be staged on the University of Illinois campus.Krannert Center’s new assisted listening system to benefit patrons with hearing lossSep 19, 2018 10:30 am700 views Krannert Center for the Performing Arts has a new assisted listening system to help patrons with hearing impairment enjoy performances.U. of I. Symphony Orchestra concert to celebrate Mozart’s birthdayJan 18, 2018 9:45 am697 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.Summer Band Twilight Concerts a 107-year tradition at IllinoisJun 22, 2017 10:15 am687 views For more than 100 years, the University of Illinois Summer Band has performed free Twilight Concerts on the Main Quad.University of Illinois theatre department season based on themes of free expression, censorshipOct 13, 2015 9:45 am686 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 am683 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.What can fans of 'Doctor Who' expect with a woman in the lead role?Jul 31, 2017 6:00 am678 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 timesKrannert Center announces its 2016-17 seasonMay 5, 2016 9:45 am672 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 am665 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 am648 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.Conservation work gives old paintings a new lookSep 9, 2016 9:00 am645 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.Illinois architecture professor’s book examines the biases in design of products and placesMar 28, 2017 10:00 am644 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 am632 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 am621 views The University of Illinois theatre department is celebrating its 50th anniversary with events March 3-5.MFA Exhibition at Krannert Art Museum features student work in the artsApr 6, 2016 2:30 pm620 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.Illinois campus explores legacy of the Russian Revolution in its centennial yearAug 29, 2017 9:15 am620 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.Krannert Art Museum opens exhibitions on indigo, Japanese art, faculty workAug 16, 2012 9:00 am616 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.Poet Janice Harrington’s new work reflects on life and art of painter Horace PippinOct 12, 2016 9:00 am614 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.Box office opening for 2017 Ebert Film Festival passesOct 31, 2016 10:15 am611 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 pm601 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.‘Illinois Artists’ documentary showcases talented faculty members, students and alumniAug 16, 2018 8:30 am601 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.Choral concert will explore events of 50 years ago, issues still relevant todayApr 25, 2016 9:15 am595 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.University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra to premiere music and video pieceOct 8, 2015 2:30 pm587 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 am580 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 am565 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 am533 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.Flatlands Dance Film Festival to screen ‘Bronx Gothic,’ short dance filmsAug 29, 2017 9:30 am528 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.”Krannert Art Museum summer exhibition, events sharpen focus on photographyJun 6, 2018 12:15 pm527 views Krannert Art Museum’s landscape photography exhibition looks at our relationship with nature, includes workshops with noted local photographers.Krannert Art Museum wins prestigious award, adds 16th-century print to its collectionNov 30, 2017 8:00 am522 views Krannert Art Museum has added a 16th-century print by Albrecht Durer – one of the world’s most skilled engravers – to its collection. The museum was awarded the 2017 Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize, given by the International Fine Print Dealers Association, which provided funds for the purchase.Krannert Art Museum exhibition deals with themes of migration and bordersSep 6, 2016 9:15 am520 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.February Dance to reflect recent crisis responsesJan 26, 2018 9:00 am519 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.November Dance features tribute to Beverly Blossom, partnership with KAM exhibitionOct 30, 2015 1:30 pm506 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.Unique 1937 steel guitar to be demonstrated, displayed at ELLNORA guitar festivalSep 14, 2017 8:00 am505 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.Researchers look at lessons learned from disaster recovery around the worldJul 31, 2017 9:30 am504 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. Festival to feature music on instruments made from found materialsApr 12, 2016 9:15 am500 views The Sonified Sustainability Festival will celebrate sustainable practices in the arts with a concert by musicians playing instruments made from recycled or repurposed materials.Krannert Art Museum concert series to celebrate anniversaries of progressive music groupsOct 22, 2015 11:30 am500 views Krannert Art Museum will celebrate the contribution of Chicago musicians to progressive jazz music with upcoming performances in its Sudden Sound Concert Series.Artist uses location, weather and other data to create sculptural landscapesJan 25, 2017 8:00 am499 views Artist Stephen Cartwright uses data he collects about himself and his environment to create sculptural landscapes.BFA exhibition to showcase art and design student work at Krannert Art MuseumMay 4, 2017 9:30 am496 views The School of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition at Krannert Art Museum allows seniors to show the best of their work.