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  • Figure One Fill Your Plate Food Drive

    Figure One invites visitors to become a part of the Fill Your Plate exhibition by donating non-perishable food items to our Living Pantry installation. Upon the closing of the Fill Your Plate exhibition, this collection of food will be donated to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank and distributed to those in need throughout our local community. In the spirit of giving, let us recognize our own individual food consumption and the importance of helping our neighbors. Donations will be accepted through the run of the exhibition at Figure One until Wednesday, January  21, 2015.

    Please feel free to drop off canned goods in room 143 Art + Design during normal business hours.

  • Fall 2014 Saturday Art School Exhibition and Celebration
    Please join us at the Link Gallery on December 6 from 10-12 pm for the Saturday Art School Exhibition and Celebration. Your children’s artwork will be on display, family activities will be planned at the Krannert Art Museum through the Kids@Krannert program, and light refreshments will be provided. The Link Gallery is located between the entrance to the School of Art and Design and the Krannert Art Museum (408 East Peabody Drive). Please take home your children’s artwork after the event. *Also note that the Saturday Art School will be on hiatus this spring semester, 2015. Stay tuned for updates on our listserv. If you have not signed up for our listserv, please do so by visiting:
  • Fall 2014 MFA Public Critiques and Lecture with guest critic Lauren Fensterstock
    MFA Public Critiques--Friday, November 21, 2014
    9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Public Lecture Friday, November 21, 2014, 5:00pm, room 107 A+D.


    Lauren Fensterstock is an artist, writer, and curator based in Portland, Maine. Lauren╩╝s work is held in private and public collections in the US, Europe, and Asia. Her work was the subject of a major solo exhibition at The John Michael Kohler Art Center in 2013. Other recent exhibitions include Arthouse-The Austin Museum of Art (TX), The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (ME), the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design (CA), the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (OR), The DUMBO Art Center (NY), The Dorsky Gallery (NY) and the Oliver Sears Gallery (Ireland).

    Lauren recently served as a visiting faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design. She previously served as Academic Program Director of the Interdisciplinary MFA in Studio Arts at Maine College of Art and as Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. Her curatorial projects and published writings have been featured internationally. Lauren holds degrees from the Parsons School of Design (BFA 1997) and SUNY New Paltz (MFA 2000).

    Her site-specific installation work and wall pieces depict nature by incorporating meticulously cut and curled paper, charcoal, and plexiglass to create floral and garden scenes. Fensterstock╩╝s work and practice references French and English garden design of the 1500s to 1700s, the 18th century practice of “quilling”—sculpting paper by wrapping around a quill—along with a nod to, and reflection upon, 20th century American earth art and the work of Robert Smithson.

  • FALL 2014 MFA Public Critiques and Lecture with guest critic Sabina Ott
    Public Lecture: Thursday, November 13, 2014
    5:30 p.m.
    107 A+D
    Public Group Critiques: Friday, November 14, 2014
    9:00 a.m.
    Building #5, South Studios


    Sabina Ott has participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and prints are in museum collections nation-wide while her installation work has been included in international exhibitions such as the first Auckland Triennial in Auckland New Zealand, the Australian Contemporary Arts Center in Melbourne, Australia as well as the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland Ohio. Her show “Here and There Pink Melon Joy”, currently at the Chicago Cultural Center, has been enthusiastically received and was recently reviewed in ArtForum magazine. She is the founder and director of Terrain Exhibitions, a 16-by-20-foot patch of yard that doubles as an invitational space addressing art and community within the everyday context of her neighborhood block in Oak Park.

    She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Grant and a Howard Foundation Grant from Brown University, Her work is in the collection of the Corcoran Museum of American Art, Washington DC; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri; the University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, California, and the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport, California among others. She is Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL.

  • Visitor Series: Luis Camnitzer
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    62 KAM
    5:30 p.m.

    The Work and Pedagogy of Luis Camnitzer

    Luis Camnitzer is an "artist, theorist, curator, teacher, and curator". Known for his conceptualist work and its integration with pedagogy, politics, and art history, Camnitzer will talk on his work and its critical intersection with all these topics.