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A variety of untitled photographs taken during Illinois professor Edwin Carter Rae's service as one of the 'Monuments Men,' as well as Raes diary from that time, are available in the Edwin C. Rae Papers in the University Archives.

Illinois art history professor was one of the 'Monuments Men'

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:February 7, 2014

“The Monuments Men” – the movie written by and starring George Clooney and opening today (Feb. 7) – is based on the true story of a platoon of art historians recruited to rescue masterpieces stolen by the Nazis in World War II. One of those Monuments Men was Edwin Carter Rae, who taught art history at the University of Illinois both before and after his service with the U.S. Army.

Published Date: February 7, 2014


Steve Kostell, left, and Eric Benson, professors in the School of Art and Design, hope to change the paper industry with their Fresh Press project, using indigenous grasses and agricultural waste to make paper products.

Design professors use native fibers, farm waste to make sustainable paper

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 30, 2014

While most artists aspire to have their best work hung on the walls of galleries and museums, two professors in the University of Illinois School of Art and Design have a different dream: They hope their work might provide corrugated cardboard, laminated building materials, or maybe the insulation hidden behind the art gallery walls.

Published Date: January 30, 2014


Documentary based on Roger Ebert's memoir to be shown at 'Ebertfest'

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 15, 2014

The new documentary “Life Itself,” about the life of Roger Ebert, will be one of the 12 films shown at this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” coming April 23-27 to Champaign and Urbana, Ill.

Published Date: January 15, 2014


Guerrilla Girls  'Benvenuti alla Biennale Femminista!' (detail), 20052012

Guerrilla Girls invade Krannert Art Museum in January

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 14, 2014

“Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond” is one of four new exhibitions opening Jan. 23 at the University of Illinois’ Krannert Art Museum. Featuring major works from international projects by the anonymous feminist collective that has been urging museums toward equality for almost 30 years, the expansive, multimedia “Not Ready” exhibition will include iconic pieces from the group’s 1980s and ’90s activism as well as behind-the-scenes photos, love letters and hate mail.

Published Date: January 14, 2014


Excerpts from Yamaguchi Mouthpiece I by Illinois music composition professor Erin Gee provide the soundtrack to a new iPad game called Blek.

Video game features music by honored U. of I. composition professor

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:December 16, 2013

Like most musicians, Erin Gee – a composition professor at the University of Illinois – experiments incessantly with her instrument, trying to coax it into delivering an increasingly wider range of intriguing sounds. In Gee’s case, her instrument is simply her mouth, but what she does with it defies conventional categorization. It’s not singing, or scatting, or even beat-boxing. Instead, she has created her own musical toolbox – a collection of clicks, hums, pops, sighs, trills, whispers and whistles that composer Martin Brody has described as “new vocal molecules created by recombining the atomic elements of speech.”

Published Date: December 16, 2013