URBANA — The city will have a public reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday for the February-April Artist of the Corridor Exhibition, "Identities," featuring art by Wiley Elementary School fifth-graders.
Through a yearlong arts-infused curriculum with art teacher Rusty Clevenger, the students participated in Krannert Art Museum's Week at the Museum program, studied the history of photography and learned about contemporary artist Cindy Sherman.
Inspired by Sherman's work, which uses backdrops, props and costumes to create photographs of the artist assuming a variety of identities, the fifth-graders created and photographed their own new identities.
The project incorporated learning how to manipulate photographs using computers and discussing such questions as "What is art? Who am I? What ways are identity created?" During the reception, students from Wiley will sing and demonstrate how they created the photos. The exhibition is free, open to the public and will be on display in the City Building lobby, 400 S. Vine St., through April 30.
The city created an art exhibition space in City Hall in March 2010 to feature artwork by Urbana residents. Artist of the Corridor exhibitions are displayed for three months. For details, contact public arts coordinator Christina McClelland at 384-2311 or email@example.com.