URBANA — The opening reception for the fifth annual Eric Show is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Illini Union Art Gallery, 1401 W. Green St.
The juried art show featuring work by area high school students was established in 2010 and is endowed by Dale and Peg Steffensen of Urbana in memory of Dale's late son, Eric (1951-70).
While attending Urbana High School, Eric won several awards for his artwork and demonstrated creativity that was far beyond his years. He worked with Rob Fisher, then a sculpture professor at the University of Illinois, and began preparing his portfolio with plans of majoring in art at the UI.
Eric, who had graduated a semester early, was driving home from a hockey game in early 1970 when he was killed by a drunken driver at the corner of Race and Michigan streets in Urbana.
The Eric Show honors his legacy as well as encourages young artists of the community.
The public is invited to the opening reception. Refreshments will be provided by University Catering.
The Eric Show will remain on display through March 28, with viewing hours of 7 a.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The Illini Union Art Gallery is in the northwest corner on the main floor of the building.