Parkland’s art and design faculty capture the present moment in bold relief through color, landscapes, and even a few dirty rotten scoundrels.
Of his assemblage work, the late Durango Mendoza said "the goal is to encourage people, as different as they are, to see the potential and hope that is intrinsic in all things, and embrace diversity, acceptance, and change."
Roeing's technique is so well executed, that not only do I get an accurate sense of what that location looks like, but I also sense the artist’s feelings about the place.
A small exhibition at Krannert Art Museum offers an opportunity to ponder on what’s changed since the 1930s.
The opening reception of Around the Block III: Artists from Our Neighborhood was an all too familiar affair in these times: 100% virtual.
As I planned my Boneyard weekend, I wondered "With everything that we've gone through these last 18+ months, would the work reflect grief, loss, rage, or metamorphosis? Would it inspire catharsis? A glimmer of hope? A path forward?"
Green screen technology does some incredible work for this opera, both practically and narratively.
According to poet Christopher Kempf, his new collection employs Gettysburg as a vehicle to "engage ongoing issues involving race, regional identity, and the ethics of memory, tracing how post-bellum memorial practices (like monument construction) advance hegemonic notions of whiteness."
"The Midwesterners [in] Far From Mars are regular people who took chances, followed their passions, and pursued meaningful hobbies," says author Sal Nudo.
Melinda McIntosh shares that en plein air painting teaches us “if we’re not quick to capture something it may not be around a week later.”
"Henceforward the standard for extravagant riot," says writer "Virginia Woolf" on the back cover blurb of Under the Oyster Bar.
Ashanti Files, Writers of Oya founder, and current City of Urbana Poet Laureate, said "I feel as though adults largely underestimate how much information and observation this age group has."
The Arts Section strives to celebrate our community's rich and vibrant artistic scene, from theatre to local authors, film, performance art, and everything in between.