SPRINGFIELD – An art exhibit, music, theater, and good food will be featured during Arts Night at the University of Illinois at Springfield, to be held Friday, April 13, on the UIS campus. This annual event sponsored by the U of I Alumni Association at UIS is presented as an opportunity for the community to enjoy a variety of arts-related activities.
The evening will begin with a display of mixed-media art by Dr. Roland Folse in the Visual Arts Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Health and Sciences Building. After more than 30 years as an academic surgeon, Dr. Folse has become a valued student and mentor within UIS' Visual Arts program, turning his energies to art in a variety of media, and expanding his skills in bonsai, ceramics, woodworking and painting.
Dr. Folse will speak about his work beginning at 6 p.m., followed by an hors d'oeuvres reception, also in the gallery. The exhibit, presentation, and reception are all free and open to the public.
Grammy-winner John McLaughlin Williams will conduct a recital by the UIS Chamber Orchestra beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC TV Studio.
In this intimate recital, Maestro Williams will direct the entire orchestra as well as a number of smaller ensemble groups. Concert tickets are $5 and are available at the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office. All proceeds will benefit the music student scholarship fund.
At 8 p.m. the UIS Theatre program will present its first-ever student/faculty showcase, a production of Two Rooms by Lee Blessing.
A hostage drama set in the Middle East and in this country, Two Rooms has been hailed as "compact and powerful," "a story of courage, fear, anger, and love." Special guest director will be Leigh Steiner. The cast features UIS Theatre faculty Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson and Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, and UIS Theatre students Roger Boyd and Alicia Artner. The audience is also invited to stay for a post-show discussion, led by Steiner and UIS Assistant Professor of History Erik Freas.
Admission to the play is $10 general admission, $6 UIS faculty/staff, or $4 for UIS students with current ID. Tickets are available at the UIS Ticket Office, located on level two of the Public Affairs Center, and can be purchased in person, by phone at 206-6160 or 800/207-6960, or online at www.uis.edu/theatre. Tickets will also be available at the ticket office 90 minutes before curtain time.
For more information, visit www.uiaa.org/spfld or call the Alumni Association at 217/206-7395.