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UIS to host annual Verbal Arts Festival

April 10, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield’s 2006 Verbal Arts Festival, scheduled for April 19 through 21, will feature events ranging from readings of original works to an address and an "arts night." All events in this annual celebration of the arts are open to the public and will be held on the UIS campus. All are presented free unless otherwise noted.

Activities begin with a keynote address by Marcellus Leonard, UIS associate professor of English, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in the Visual Arts Gallery, located on the lower level of the Health and Sciences Building. Leonard's teaching at UIS focuses on creative writing, especially poetry and playwriting. His latest book of poems, Shake the Thunder Down, spans his 30 years as a poet, performer, and scholar. A reception will follow the presentation.

Thursday, April 20, will celebrate the release of the 2006 Alchemist Review, the campus' literary magazine featuring original fiction, poetry, and non-fiction by UIS students and alumni. Authors represented in the latest edition will read selections from their works at a reception beginning at 7 p.m. in the Housing Commons Building.

Friday, April 21, is "Arts Night" at UIS, sponsored by the U of I Alumni Association at UIS and featuring paintings, theater, and a buffet dinner.

An exhibition of paintings by Chris Britt, State Journal-Register editorial cartoonist, will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery.

A candlelight buffet dinner and cash bar will follow from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center Restaurant. Cost for dinner is $30 per person, or $25 per person for current members of the Alumni Association and their guests. Make reservations for dinner no later than Friday, April 14, online at www.uiaa.org/spfld or by calling the Alumni Association at 217/206-7395.

Arts Night concludes with the UIS Theater Program’s production of Henrik Ibsen's classic drama Hedda Gabler, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, lower level of the PAC.  Purchase tickets to the theater performance online at www.uis.edu/theatre or through the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office by calling 206-6160.

For more information about Arts Night, contact the Alumni Association. For information about the other events in the Verbal Arts Festival, contact Tiffany Chrysokos, English program graduate assistant, at 206-7460 or by e-mail at uisgaenglish@uis.edu.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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