URBANA — The latest exhibition at the Illini Union Art Gallery, "Love Less Violently," is a followup to the gallery's summer exhibition, "So Many Beasts of Burden," both featuring art by Maria Lux, Shayna Egan and Cherrie Fanning.
Lux earned her master's of fine arts degree last year from the University of Illinois; Egan and Fanning are graduate students in their final year in the UI metals program.
In both shows, the artists explore the theme of human and animal interaction. The current show features new work the artists made since the summer; it ranges from large to small, wearable works to ones only for display.
The themes explore the volatile interactions between humans and animals and demonstrate less violent alternatives. The pieces include large-scale wooden sculptures, works based on snakeskin and iguanas, and painted dioramas.
"The Illini Union Board thought the chance to have a 'sequel' of sorts to the show 'So Many Beasts of Burden' was exciting as it expounded on the topic and ideas of the first," Illini Union program adviser Tearria Beck-Scott said. "To be able to view the phenomenal work of university artists is especially inspiring to the students."
"Love Less Violently," on display through Jan. 31, is free and open to the public. The art gallery is in the northwest wing of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U.