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Local residents honored for cultural contributions

 

CHAMPAIGN – Looking back 50 years to when he and his wife first arrived in Champaign County, Carl Altstetter said he would not have called the area a cultural wasteland or swamp.

"It was more like a savannah – rather sparse. Now it's a lush, tropical rainforest of the arts," Altstetter said Thursday night at the Highdive in Champaign.


'Psychedelia' artist Fred Tomaselli to speak at museum

CHAMPAIGN – Visual artist Fred Tomaselli, described by The New York Times as contemporary art's "most technically gifted purveyor of psychedelia," will give a talk at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Krannert Art Museum.

Tomaselli's lecture in Room 62 in the lower level of the museum is part of the annual Jerrold Ziff Distinguished Lecture on Modern Art series.


After-school program aims to drum up interest in arts

CHAMPAIGN – Want to get the undivided attention of eighth-graders? Put some African drums in front of them and see if they can keep their hands off.

A dozen eighth-grade students at Franklin Middle School will learn the art of West African drumming this fall, and a dozen more will explore what art means to them through painting, sculpture or other visual arts.


I space hosting first U.S. exhibition of Japanese architect's work

CHAMPAIGN. – The first comprehensive U.S. exhibition of the work of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will be on view from Friday through Nov. 15 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the University of Illinois.

"Material Immaterial: The Architecture of Kengo Kuma" will feature photographic displays, full-scale artifacts, a multimedia presentation and a small tea pavilion design by Kuma, who is considered to be among the world's leading contemporary architects. The exhibition is curated by Kevin Erickson, a professor of architecture at Illinois.


Arts Week Open House scheduled

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Museum Society will hold its annual Arts Week Open House from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 116 N. Gilbert St.

On hand will be artists and craftmen displaying talents in tatting, crocheting, china painting, oil painting, wood carving, loom weaving, plastic canvas, counted cross-stitch, knitting, hand weaving, quilting, spinning, photography, costuming, teddy bear making, beading, embroidery, sock making and jewelry making.


Quizzing coordinator of Urbana's award-winning art program

This past Friday, the city of Urbana received an honorable mention as part of the 2008 Arts Friendly Community Awards, handed out by the Illinois Arts Alliance and the Illinois Municipal League.

This past Friday, the city of Urbana received an honorable mention as part of the 2008 Arts Friendly Community Awards, handed out by the Illinois Arts Alliance and the Illinois Municipal League.

Urbana and Danville were among 15 communities to receive an honorable mention.

According to a news release, one reason for the nod to Urbana was its Gallery District Incentive program, established two years ago.

In Urbana, though, there has been a greater focus on the arts in general, and public art in particular, in recent years. We thought this was a good time to ask questions of Anna Hochhalter, public arts coordinator for the city of Urbana. Our questions (in bold type) and her answers, submitted via e-mail, follow.


Chicago art club head to talk at museum group's fall luncheon

CHAMPAIGN – Kathy Cottong, director of The Arts Club of Chicago, will give a lecture titled "Gracious Provocation: The Arts Club of Chicago 1916-2008," at 12:45 p.m. Friday at the Champaign Country Club.

The talk is part of the Krannert Art Museum Council Fall Lecture Luncheon, which will begin with a council meeting at 11 a.m., a cash bar at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon.


Danville Art League at 70: 'We learn from each other'

DANVILLE – Roberta Carlton, 75, has always enjoyed her Danville Art League membership and the camaraderie it brings with it.

"I liked taking classes with the other artists," she said. "When artists get together, they feed off each other. We don't copy, but we learn from each other. I like doing the shows, too."


Exhibition at EIU features Chicago artist's sculptures

CHARLESTON – Ceramic and bronze sculptures by Chicago artist Ruth Duckworth, who is an internationally known figure in modern art, are on view through Oct. 26 at the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University.

Recently, Duckworth was featured on "CBS Sunday Morning," and her art was surveyed in a three-year traveling retrospective exhibition that started at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City and ended at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


Springfield fine-art fair to feature artists, demonstrations

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Art Association will present its 20th annual Edwards Place Fine Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of Edwards Place, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield. Admission is free.

Among the 90 U.S. artists juried into the fair from the Champaign-Urbana area are Michael Schwegmann of Boneyard Pottery, Champaign, and Sherry Corbin of Kindred Spirits Pottery, Monticello; mixed media, Brian Sullivan, Champaign; wearable art, Jill Miller, Hooey Batiks, Urbana; precious metal/jewelry, Patty Lindbloom, Champaign; and metal, David and Niela Millar, Urbana.