Lecture on abstract expressionism Friday

CHAMPAIGN – The chief curator from a California art museum will deliver a lecture about abstract expressionism at 3 p.m. Friday in Room 62 of the Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive, C. Her topic: "West to East: Reconsidering the Exchange of Postwar Abstraction between San Francisco and New York."

Marcelle Polednik, chief curator at the Monterey Museum of Art, will focus on the dynamic decade of 1946-1956 by examining its four-part evolution: starting with the first definition of the abstract expressionist movement (1946); the emerging, formative period (1947-1949); the codification into an identifiable set of artistic concerns and practices (1950); maturation and then the subtle transformation into a figurative aesthetic (1951-1956).

Sketches at exhibit honor Illinois' fallen heroes

studied the pencil drawing of his only son.

"I used to call him my war baby," said the Champaign police officer from Fisher, explaining that his son was born when the elder Kimme served in the Air Force.

Visual, performance, literary artists invited for critiques

CHAMPAIGN – The series of free, community-based art critiques that are presented by Krannert Art Museum and 40 North 88 West has returned for the 2009-10 season. Visual, performance and literary artists are invited to present work and participate in the critiques at:

– 7 p.m. Nov. 3: Furniture Lounge Consignment Gallery, 126 W. Main St., U.

Champaign Park District wins 3rd place arts award

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Park District recently received a third-place Arts in the Parks award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts.

In its nomination form, the district cited its long-standing commitment to the arts, saying it has an entire division dedicated to cultural-arts programming, with programs and events that reach thousands of people each year.

Local arts, culture luminaries honored at ACE awards

CHAMPAIGN – In a ceremony that Mike Ross said is "just like the Oscars – micro-urban style," seven Champaign County residents picked up ACE (arts, culture and entertainment) awards on Thursday evening at the Highdive in Champaign.

Artist's landscape on sale to benefit Danville schools

DANVILLE – The latest print in local artist Amy Chrisman's series of Vermilion County landmarks is now available through a fundraiser by the Danville Public School Foundation.

The giclee print features Danville High School, the school district's flagship school.

Artist who oversaw work not in favor of restoration

CHAMPAIGN – Angela Rivers couldn't imagine a huge mural being created today in north Champaign-Urbana like the one she helped create there in 1978. And she discourages folks who would like to see its restoration.

"It's dying very gracefully, like Leonardo da Vinci's 'Last Supper,'" Rivers said.

New exhibition at Krannert examines 'Control' issues

CHAMPAIGN – Artist's assistant Juliana Kase of Sao Paulo, Brazil, stood on a scaffold earlier this week inside a Krannert Art Museum gallery, using a black marker and a template to carefully draw on a white wall a stark representation of a chain-link fence.

Nearby, awaiting arrangement according to another artist's specifications, were numerous Tensabarriers, those crowd-control tools that we all have to pass through at airports, theaters, banks and other public venues.

Prairie Ensemble to be 'Deconstructed' at next show

CHAMPAIGN – The Prairie Ensemble will take the orchestra apart on Saturday in a concert titled, "The Deconstructed Orchestra."

The program will consist of works for small groups of instruments by composers ranging from Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart to Astor Piazzolla and will feature pianist Debra Sutter, trumpeter Nick DelVillano and bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro.

2009 ACE Awards to be handed out Thursday

CHAMPAIGN – The 40 North 88 West Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council will hand out its 2009 ACE Awards at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Highdive, 51 E. Main St., C.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and available at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Cinema Gallery, Heartland Gallery, Wind, Water and Light Gallery, online at and at the door. Discounts are available for group purchases; call 351-9841 for information.