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  • Eli Wilner & Co. Gifts Handcrafted Frame to Krannert Art Museum

    In 2016, Eli Wilner & Company selected Krannert Art Museum as a recipient for their gifting program, which provides a handcrafted replica frame for one important small painting or drawing.

    In consultation with KAM’s curatorial team, Maureen Warren, Curator of European and American art, chose Conanicut Island Shore, a nineteenth-century painting by William Trost Richards. In 1954, this work was given to the museum—unframed—as a bequest from the artist’s daughter, Anna Richards (Mrs. William T.) Brewster.

    Thanks to the generosity of Eli Wilner & Company, this stunning landscape is now on display in the Bow Gallery in its new custom-made replica of an American period (circa 1880) frame.

  • 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.