Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sustain exhibition opens at UIS Visual Arts Gallery

The Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois Springfield presents an internationally juried exhibition of fine art titled Sustain. It features selections from 13 artists, whose work addresses three issues of sustainability: resource conservation, social justice and economic equity. The exhibit can be viewed weekdays Monday through Thursday. A closing reception is planned as part of the campus’ celebration of Earth Day on April 22 from 5:30-8 p.m. in the gallery. Pictured is “The Bitter Pill” by Minneanpolis artist Bart Vargas.

Through Thursday, Apr 22
Mon-Thu, 11am-6pm
UIS Visual Arts Gallery
Health and Sciences Building, Room 201

The exhibit was featured in a April 1, 2010, article in the Illinois Times.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

'Curious' collection: Springfield artist goes own way in UIS exhibit

One week before she is to open a solo exhibition at the University of Illinois Springfield, Felicia Olin is sitting in the living room of her Springfield home, surrounded by her work.

Some paintings are stacked against the fireplace mantel. Others are lined up beneath the television in the corner. More are on the landing of the stairs.

Liz Murphy Thomas, the director of the visual arts gallery and an assistant professor of art and digital media at UIS, said she tries to program a diverse array of exhibits each academic year at the gallery. That diversity includes local and national artists and both two- and three-dimensional work.

The article was published in a February 18, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

UIS Celebrates Homecoming – With Mashed Potatoes?

They're doing the mashed potato for the University of Illinois Springfield Homecoming celebration this year.

We're not talking about the dance. We're talking about the actual mashed potatoes.

That would be 25 pounds of mashed potatoes, to be exact. That's what students used Tuesday during the campus lunch rush to express themselves creatively during Homecoming Week.

The mashed potato sculpting event was featured in a WICS-TV 20 report on September 29, 2009.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Garrison Keillor cancels appearance in Illinois

Humorist Garrison Keillor has canceled an appearance at the University of Illinois-Springfield a week after suffering a minor stroke.

Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, on Monday canceled the performance scheduled for Sept. 21. It will be rescheduled.

The news was featured in a September 14, 2009 article in the Chicago Tribune.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Gallery displays rarely seen art of critic, philosopher

The stunningly stark woodcut print “DEAD MAN, BLACK BIRD” displayed at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Visual Arts Gallery seems to bring to life artist ARTHUR C. DANTO’s preference for the black-and-white woodcut.

A world-renowned author, philosopher and artist, Danto used that art form to permit the “directest” statement with the greatest economy of means.

“ARTHUR C. DANTO: PRINTS” will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 23 at the arts gallery at UIS.

The gallery was featured in an September 3, 2009, Tamara Browning column in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

UIS' production of "As You Like It" will be opening April 17

Opening night has been set - April 17 - for UIS' production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, and rehearsals are in full swing. It’s the first time UIS Theatre has attempted to stage Shakespeare.

The production was the subject of a feature story in the April 10, 2009, State Journal-Register.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

"Cloud 9" not subtle

Caryl Churchill's play "Cloud 9" deals with the politics of sexuality and sexual identity and relies heavily on cross-gender casting and role-doubling. The results are not subtle.

"Cloud 9" opened UIS Theatre's 2008-2009 season on November 7 and the State Journal-Register's Brian Mackey was there.

His review appeared in the November 8, 2008, SJ-R.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Author finds inspiration in Brookens' oral history collection

Melinda McDonald, of Springfield, is the author of Water and Fire, a work of historical fiction set during the city's 1908 race riot.

When she was researching the book, one of McDonald's principal sources was the oral history collection housed in the archives at Brookens Library at UIS. "Those were very, very helpful," she noted.

An article about McDonald and her book appeared in the June 9, 2008, Mattoon Journal Gazette/Charleston Times-Courier.

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