Galesburg breaks ground for Sandburg statue

GALESBURG (AP) — Carl Sandburg called Chicago the "city of big shoulders," but a 9-foot-tall statue of the poet in his hometown should rank right up there.

Galesburg Public Art Commission members and city officials broke ground Wednesday for the Poet in the Park project in the public square.

Chicago's Art Institute receives its largest gift

CHICAGO (AP) — The Art Institute of Chicago is receiving a major gift of contemporary art, including works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and Jeff Koons.

The museum said Wednesday that it is receiving 42 pieces from Chicago-based philanthropists Stefan T. Edlis and Gael Neeson. The institution called it the largest gift of art in its 136-year history.

She's got 'a crazy passion for the arts'

Kelly White professes to have a "crazy passion for the arts," and the local community has been the benefactor, say those who know her best. White is executive director of 40 North/88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council, the Boneyard Arts Festival, Sky Gallery and the Eric Show, a high school art exhibition. She also teaches art history at Parkland College.

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Great weekend of art

Entertainment listings, April 16-23, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are instructions for submitting entries.

Here's what's happening on the art scene

Parkland student exhibit opens

The Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition will be on display at the Giertz Gallery from Monday through May 2, with the reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the gallery lounge.

The awards ceremony will be at 7 that evening, and the Parkland Guitar Ensemble will perform.

Ask 'Mimi,' April 12, 2015

Who will succeed Henson Keys as chair of the UI Department of Theatre acting program when he retires this spring?

The university selected stage-combat expert Robin McFarquhar (above). Henson, who filled the position for 16 years, will stick around here for a year or so and then likely move to Chicago. He wants to pursue his acting career full time.

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Activities for art lovers

Top of the morning, April 12, 2015

I'm used to seeing Vashoune Russell in his role as Urbana High's animated varsity basketball coach, pacing and yelling and cajoling. So imagine my surprise when I saw him at this weekend's Boneyard Arts Festival, gently showing off his collection of photographs in downtown Champaign.

"I'm usually the angry guy on the sidelines," he said. "This is showing another side of me."