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Tonight between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., Krannert Art Museum will be hosting its bi-annual ARTzilla event to celebrate the opening of its newest exhibition, “Landscapes of Experience and Imagination: Explorations by Midwest Latina/Latino Artists.” A wide variety of media will be on display from six artists exploring the theme of landscapes as a metaphor for the human experience. The collective artwork reflects upon the artists’ self-identities and their personal insights to the Latin presence in the United States.

The artists will also present a gallery talk to commence the festivities, and performances by the UI Latin Jazz Ensemble and Miami-based artist Kiki Valdes, an on-site live performance painter, are scheduled to perform at 8:30 p.m.

And don’t forget to participate in one of the many festivities ARTzilla has in store for the night: decorate cupcakes, have your face painted, play foosball, indulge in free food, enjoy a palm reading, recreate a period in time with vintage costumes and have your portrait taken, create paper flowers and plywood mural, take salsa lessons, enter in a Scrabble tournament and view student films.

All the activities mentioned are free. The “Landscapes” exhibition will be on view at the Krannert Art Museum, located at 500 East Peabody Drive in Champaign, through Sunday, July 27.

Painting by Paul Sierra, “Afternoon Landscape,” included in the exhibition.