Smile Politely

A reminder to stop and appreciate the art around you

abstract painting in black, greys, blues, and oranges
Serenity Stanton Orengo

During the day, you can find me at my other job as a reference librarian at the International Area Studies Library on campus. Imagine my surprise when I took a closer look this morning at the art hanging in IASL and noticed a familiar signature: Hua Nian, an artist whose upcoming exhibit at the Champaign County History Museum was recently highlighted in my Five Things in arts this month list. While I have long admired the paintings, I never realized they were painted by an artist from right here in Champaign-Urbana. Let this be a reminder to defamiliarize yourself with the art around you; you might find a new appreciation for something you see every day.

Stay tuned for an interview with Hua Nian later this summer, as I begin spotlighting Champaign-Urbana artists, actors, and dancers.

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