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  • Doctoral Student Research: Nancy Karrels Continues Provenance Research, Plans Exhibition at KAM

    Doctoral student Nancy Karrels was recently selected to participate in a German-American provenance research exchange program sponsored by German government agencies. The program is international in scope and will continue her important WWII-era provenance research at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, Karrels will curate the exhibition Provenance: A Forensic History of Art in the Kinkead Gallery at KAM from May 2017 through June 2018.

  • Works Progress Administration: Edwin Boyd Johnson

    Edwin Boyd Johnson, born in Watertown, Tennessee in 1904, grew up in Nashville. He first studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and later at the National Academy of Design in New York. He worked with watercolors and oils, but is most known for the mural paintings he created during the New Deal. 

    Recently conserved by Chicago-based firm Restoration Division, the artist's Mural Painting had several major issues fixed before being installed in the exhibition Enough to Live On: Art from the WPA.

  • KAM Lighting Renovation Part of Campus-wide Push for Sustainability

    Krannert Art Museum received a $40,000 grant from the Student Sustainability Committee at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which allowed the museum to upgrade lighting to LED which utilizes one tenth of the energy of the previous lighting system. The grant was part of a campus-wide sustainability initiative and reveals the museum's ongoing commitment to stewardship and sustainability.

  • Anne Sautman Wins IAEA Art Educator of the Year

    The Illinois Art Education Association has named Anne Sautman of Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the 2016 IAEA Museum Art Educator of the Year. This award recognizes exemplary contributions, service, and achievements of one outstanding IAEA member annually. The award was presented at the Illinois Art Education Association Conference in Normal, IL on Friday, November 4th, 2016.

  • New Encounters with African Art

    This year, with its adjacent galleries under renovation, Encounters: The Arts of Africa was de-installed in order to protect the objects from the dangers of construction. Upon re-opening, visitors will notice several exciting changes in the Encounters gallery. In the Power of Script section, an Ethiopian healing scroll, borrowed from the Spurlock Museum, was taken off view to “rest” the delicate parchment’s light sensitive pigments. And new to join the exhibition’s Creativity of Power thematic grouping is a brass divination bowl commissioned by members of the Oshugbo society, the transcendent arbiters of justice and morality in Yoruba culture.