Here's what's happening on the arts scene
Student showing works at Illini Union
"Your Campus, Your Town," an exhibition of photographs by University of Illinois student Rajat Saksena, opened Friday at the Illini Union Art Gallery and will remain on view there through Aug. 20.
Saksena built the show around the premise everything may be viewed from a different perspective to add new dimension to familiar landmarks and scenery.
"With my photography, I strive to create art in the most mundane scenes," he said. "Here, I have captured the campus architecture the way I envision it through my lens, trying to offer a new dimension to the campus and surrounding town in order to make viewers look twice before they realize it's the same site they pass by every day."
Illini Union Board Program Adviser Jared Eakins said that the show is perfect for the time of year.
"The IUB was excited to bring this exhibit to the Art Gallery for July and August as students will be returning to the university," he said. "In addition to proudly welcoming Mr. Saksena's wonderful work, we thought it would also be a great way to boost school spirit when welcoming the start of the 2014—'15 school year."
The Illini Union Art Gallery is in the northwest wing of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U, and is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Exhibition celebrates diversity
The exhibition "#WeAreIllinois" will be on view from Monday through Oct. 17 at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St., U.
The exhibition features photographs and quotes collected by interns in the Intercultural Horizons Internship program social media initiative, #WeAreIllinois. It was launched in April and inspired by the "Humans Of New York" website.
The exhibit seeks to tell the unique stories of University of Illinois students and aims to celebrate diversity at the university while finding common ground and experiences that bring students together.
The exhibit is open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A reception will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
The Intercultural Horizons Internship is sponsored by the Asian American Cultural Center, Diversity & Social Justice Education, International Student and Scholar Services, and the University YMCA.
The spring interns responsible for the #WeAreIllinois initiative are Bryanna Charles, Ruby Chen, Lauren Colby, Mayank Kabra and Chelsea Lee. Students who want to share their stories and photos with #WeAreIllinois may do so via firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, go to facebook.com/weareillinois or weareillinois.tumblr.com.
Indi-Go hosting 'Nature Inspired'
The exhibition "Nature Inspired" will be on view from Wednesday through July 29 at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C. The artist's reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
"Nature Inspired" features the art of Laura Bradley, who while growing up in southern Illinois developed a love for the outdoors. Over the years, it became her favorite subject to paint. Her work mainly consists of seascapes and landscapes.
Bradley is a self-taught artist but was encouraged by her mother to see the world from an artistic perspective. She also received encouragement from her high school teacher, Deanna Heal, to whom she gives a great deal of credit for her success.
For the past 11 years, she has worked with acrylics and has sold her work throughout the United States as well as Canada, Australia and Italy.