URBANA — The Illini Union Art Gallery is showing the exhibition "Stateline: Portrayals of the Lower Wabash River Landscape" through May 30.
Eighteen University of Illinois students in a Department of Landscape Architecture Design workshop led by assistant Professor Stephen Sears created the works. They focused on digital visualization as a method for indexing geo-humanist research.
The participants conducted investigations on one geographic territory from among a series of contiguous territories along the Wabash, which runs along the Illinois/Indiana border, and present their findings in this exhibition of 18 drawing cycles.
The drawings portray one county on each side of the river and reveal physical and cultural layers that have shaped the region's riparian circumstances.
They express permutations of time and space as a means to understand the transition of the landscape from wilderness, the cultural manifestations of technology and vernacular practice, the exploitation of natural resources, the dynamics of settlement and projections of speculative futures.
The Illini Union Art Gallery is on the main floor in the west wing of the building.