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  • Visitors Series: Linda Weintraub
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014
    62 KAM
    5:30 p.m.
    E(CO)nvoys of Life. A(RT)gents of Change

    Linda Weintraub is the author of In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Artists and Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art’s Meaning in Contemporary Society. She edited ANIMAL. ANIMA. ANIMUS with Marketta Sepalla. Dear Mother Nature at the Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz is the most recent exhibition she curated. She has presented lectures on contemporary art at University of California Los Angeles, American University, Colgate College, Indiana State University, Kansas City Art Institute, Minneapolis College of Art, University of Minnesota, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, Arizona State University, Pratt, New York University, University of Massachusetts, Virginia Commonwealth, this is not a complete list.

    Linda served as the Director of the Edith C. Blum Art Institute located on the Bard College campus where she originated fifty exhibitions and published over twenty catalogues; and held the position of Henry Luce Professor of Emerging Arts at Oberlin College. Many of the fifty-five exhibitions she has curated, toured nationally and internationally and most were accompanied by book-length catalogues. They include Process and Product: The Making of Eight Contemporary Masterworks, Landmarks: New Site Proposals by Twenty Pioneers of Environmental Art, Art What Thou Eat: Images of Food in American Art, The Maximal Implications of the Minimal Line, Is It Art?, and Animal. Anima. Animus.

  • FALL 2014 MFA Public Critiques and Lecture with guest critic ELYSIA BOROWY-REEDER
    Public Lecture: Thursday, October 30, 2014
    5:30 p.m.
    107 A+D
    Public Group Critiques: Friday, October 31, 2014
    9:00 a.m.
    Building #5, South Studios

    Elysia Borowy-Reeder is the Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. A graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Initiate and the Yale School of Management certificate program, she received her Bachelorʼs Degree in Visual Arts from Antioch College and Masterʼs Degrees in both Art Education and Art History from Michigan State University. Her previous professional positions include Executive Director at CAM Raleigh; Executive Director of Marketing, Public Relations, and Graphic Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Senior Director of Communications at the Milwaukee Art Museum; and Associate Director of Marketing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She has curated and managed exhibitions at major art institutions, galleries, and fairs internationally.

  • Visitors Series: Coriana Close

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    62 KAM

    5:30 p.m.

    Electronic Hallucinations

    Coriana Close currently works as an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Memphis. She has a BA in Cinema Studies, with Honors, in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, Athens News, the Chronicle Tribune, The Republican-American, and The Commercial Appeal. She is currently working with a video compositing technique she calls “video weaving”.

    Institution/Firm: University of Memphis

    Web site:


    Please join us & reconnect with University of Illinois Graphic Design Alumni

    classes 1978 – 2001

    Proceeds support the Kenneth R. Carls Endowment Fund

    Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W. Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    6:00 – 9:00pm

    Join classmates and Ken for conversation, drinks & food

    Bid on one-of-a-kind posters by fellow alumni

    $50 per person


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    RSVP by 10-09-14 to Brenda Nardi at 217-265-6966 or

  • Solis and Hogin Discuss Pleasure at Uncorked and On Topic

    Is pleasure at odds with academic inquiry? Can pleasure find value in tough times of war or conflict? The College of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) will address such questions at its inaugural Uncorked and On Topic event, slated for Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Tryon Festival Theatre Foyer.

    The October event will explore “Pleasure” through the experiences of two faculty members, Gabriel Solis and Laurie Hogin, who bring aptitude in, and appreciation for, the production of art and music in popular forms. FAA Dean Edward Feser will moderate the program.

    Uncorked and On Topic is a new series, featuring faculty of different disciplines engaging in an intellectual exchange about the arts. The event is free and open to the public. Future programs are scheduled for February 19 on Health, March 19 on Humor, and April 16 on Public Space.

    An associate professor in the School of Music, Gabriel Solis is a scholar of African American music and of indigenous music of the southwestern Pacific, who has done ethnographic and historical research with jazz musicians in the United States and with musicians in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Drawing on work in African American studies, anthropology, and history, he studies the ways people engage the past, performing history and memory through music.

    Solis’ work has garnered numerous awards, including the Arnold O. Beckman Fellowship for distinguished research, the Madden Fellowship for research in technology and the arts, and an Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities fellowship. He is the author of a book on contemporary performances of Thelonious Monk’s music, Monk’s Music: Thelonious Monk and Jazz History in the Making (University of California Press, 2007), and a book on John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk’s work together in the late 1950s (Oxford University Press, 2013).

    Professor Laurie Hogin from the School of Art and Design teaches painting and conducts research in painting as well as theoretical and cognitive approaches to visual culture.

    Best known for her allegorical paintings of mutant plants and animals, Hogin’s research examines human impulses, desires, and needs, including pleasure, intoxication, addiction, the erotic, totem, violence, greed, grief, and love. Her recent projects include the design and implementation of a visually-based nutrition education program for elementary school children, and the design of a program for a community youth service organization to guide teens through the process of setting up a small, sustainable clothing design business. Hogin has exhibited nationally and internationally for more than 20 years, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass.; Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; and the State of Illinois Museums at Chicago and Springfield, Ill., among many others.