Y exhibit a collaboration between artist, Prairie Rivers Network

CHAMPAIGN — The Murphy Gallery at the University YMCA on Thursday will open an exhibition of work by artist Kim Curtis that marks a collaboration between her and Prairie Rivers Network.

The opening reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday; at 7:30 p.m., Curtis and Glynnis Collins, executive director of Prairie Rivers Network, will discuss the paintings and the network.

Gates to speak at Krannert Art Museum

CHAMPAIGN — Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Room 62 of the Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Drive.

Gates, who has an international reputation, is a multimedia artist, designer and musician. Art in America magazine also described him in a 2011 profile as an urban planner and developer, community organizer and cultural entrepreneur.

Melissa Merli: Today's art students are branching out

Up to five or so years ago, 80 percent of the incoming freshman art majors at the University of Illinois wanted to be graphic designers.

Now, 80 percent of freshman in the School of Art + Design want to be industrial design majors. Once, industrial design was a little-known field, let alone major.

That was before John Ives invented the iPhone.

Figure One to host conversations

CHAMPAIGN — Figure One, the downtown Champaign exhibition/project space of the University of Illinois School of Art + Design, will have a two-part conversation series starting this week.

Longtime friend will be missed

When I think of past events and people, it always goes to the good things. So when I heard about an estate sale of Billy Morrow Jackson, it instantly brought a smile to my face as I thought of the good times I had with Billy.

Entertainment listings, Nov. 7-14, 2013

A listing of events, provided by the venues. 

Group exhibit opens Friday evening at Art Coop

URBANA — The Art Coop Gallery in Lincoln Square Village will present the group exhibition "brilliance: 4 painters and 1 photographer," with the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

New coordinator brings energy to Figure One

CHAMPAIGN — Even before Rehema Barber started her new job Oct. 1 as visiting coordinator of Figure One, she was contacting members of the arts community here.

One was Kelly White, executive director of 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County arts council.

White was impressed.

PBS viewers to get early shot at Chihuly tickets

URBANA — PBS viewers will be among the first to receive tickets to "Chihuly and Friends: Highlights from the George R. Stroemple Collection," opening Nov. 23 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

There will be a ticket offer to see the exhibition in person when viewers call in to support WILL-TV or WTVP in Peoria during their joint broadcast of "Chihuly Outside," at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Group's exhibit shown at Illini Union

URBANA — The Illini Union Art Gallery is showing "Reflections by Artisans 10," an exhibition from a local group of artists, through Nov. 29.

Artisans 10 was established in 2005 with the goal of creating a dynamic in which Champaign-Urbana artists could come together to critique each other's work and help each other in the creative process.