NORMAL — University Galleries at Illinois State University will open Tuesday "T.E.A.M. | Full Circle" and "Speaking Art Against Tobacco," exhibitions featuring art by central Illinois high school students.
The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
On view through July 27, "T.E.A.M. | Full Circle" features mixed-media art produced during the Teen Education & Art Mentors Program, a yearlong collaboration between ISU and regional schools.
T.E.A.M. participants were introduced to contemporary art presented at University Galleries and then encouraged to create works of their own. Among the participants are students from Blue Ridge and Heyworth high schools.
The T.E.A.M. Program was designed to provide opportunities for students to experience contemporary artistic practice outside of the classroom. By creating a laboratory of learning at University Galleries, students were able to experiment with ideas without evaluation or the fear of failure.
Discussion and writing were central components of the process, as each student was motivated to extrapolate their own ideas in written form as well as through visual art. The students also participated in organizing the exhibition, from framing photographs to installing art.
The sponsors for the project were the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation — Mirza Arts and Culture Fund; a Harmon Arts Grant via the town of Normal; and ISU's Milner Library.
"Speaking Art Against Tobacco," on view through June 8, features art made by McLean County fourth- and fifth-graders. The show raises awareness of the risks associated with tobacco use. Select works will be made into billboard signs to be displayed throughout the region. The exhibition was organized by the McLean County Health Department, with funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health Tobacco Free Communities Grant.
University Galleries is on the south side of ISU's campus in Room 110 of the Center for the Visual Arts. Summer hours are noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. For information or to arrange a tour, call 309-438-5487 or email email@example.com.