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  • Visitor Series: Valerie Hegarty

    Valerie Hegarty

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    62 KAM

    5:30 p.m.

    Reverse Archeology, the Creation of Decay and Other Uncanny Transformations

    Referencing historical painting and sculpture from American art history along with the actual exhibition space itself, Valerie Hegarty reconstructs, deconstructs and re-presents institutional artworks, museum floors and spaces as modern ruins. She exploits the use of mimicry to reproduce paintings, objects and architectural details, only to demolish and transform them by devices often associated with their historical significance. Her painstakingly handcrafted installations utilize foamcore, paper mache and inkjet prints on canvas and gallery walls, which she then paints, twists, drapes, carves, amputates and grafts to create altered originals where the fictional modifications act as a catalyst for the works coming back to life. The fabricated narratives question the stability of encoded meanings within the institution or artwork, leaving the viewer to ponder the alterations and the veracity of the transformation.

  • Visitor Series: Lucky Pierre

    Lucky Pierre (Michael Thomas (co-founder) and Kevin Kaempf)

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    107 Art + Design

    5:30 p.m.

    Artist Talk

    Lucky Pierre, based in Chicago, is a collaborative group working in performance, writing, and visual forms. Lucky Pierre creates structures for engagement with various publics to explore complex issues and ideas (political, aesthetic, social) in ways that accommodate a wide range of experience, styles and approaches. Recent projects include “I Hate America/I Love America” a 10-hour event occurring simultaneously in London and Chicago; “What We Don’t Talk About: 13-hour Conversation on the War in Afghanistan” in which invited artists, scholars, activists, friends, and strangers worked to create a conversation about America’s longest war; and “America/n” a 12-hour piece about the US Constitution presented US presidential election day 2012 and followed by a publication “America/n (the book)” released on presidential inauguration day 2013. Ongoing projects include “Final Meals” in which the group prepares and videotapes volunteers eating the final meal of a Texas death row inmate, and “Actions for Chicago Torture Justice,” in which the group works with volunteers to create performative actions addressing the history of police torture in Chicago and the use of torture worldwide. Lucky Pierre’s work has been presented in Chicago, New York, London, Detroit, Budapest, Portland and Hamburg.


  • Congratulations to Megan Diddie

    Student ACE Award, 40 North | 88 West - Champaign County Arts Council, awarded to Megan Diddie, UIUC Masters Candidate in Studio, for her outstanding achievement as the studio manager at Fresh Press agri-fiber papermaking lab, as well as her leadership in bringing papermaking workshops to numerous community arts programs.

  • 2014 Art + Design Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception

    Please join the School of Art + Design and Krannert Art Museum for the 2014
    School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition Opening
    Krannert Art Museum Season Opening
    Art + Design AGSO Exhibition

    with a public reception held on
    Thursday, August 28, 2014
    Link Gallery

    Cash bar provided by Michaels' Catering
    Hosted by the School of Art + Design and Krannert Art Museum
    Please note: the museum will remain open until 9 pm.

    for more information please visit:


  • A+D BFA Exhibition materials receive award

    This year’s BFA Exhibition materials received an Award of Excellence in the “Integrated Campaign” category of the 2014 UCDA Design Competition! The work will be part of an exhibition at this year’s UCDA Design Conference in Long Beach, California from September 20 to 23.