New 'Return to Sender' exhibit a tribute to 'unknown' pop artist

CHAMPAIGN — Artist Ray Johnson was a bit of a conundrum, says the guest curator of an exhibition of his work opening tonight (Aug. 29) at Krannert Art Museum.

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3 local artists to display work at Indi Go

CHAMPAIGN — Three local artists will show their work at "Callings" from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The artists:

— William Gillespie, a writer and novelist, will perform excerpts from a new story about a rock band from outer space.

New window murals going up this week

URBANA — Chip McNeill, head of the jazz studies program at the University of Illinois, will be seeing himself often in downtown Urbana.

Artist Chris Evans' portrait of the jazz musician is one of the images chosen for the city and Urbana Business Association's next "Murals on Glass" program. McNeill's portrait will go up on the south parking deck tower.

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Virginia Opening Night 2013

It was a Red Grange evening for the opening of the 2013 season at the historic Virginia Theatre

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Studio Visit: Quinn Koeneman

Studio visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, Melissa Merli chats with Quinn Koeneman, who is about to begin his second year studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Atlanta retro-soul band will open 2013-14 Doudna season

CHARLESTON — The Doudna Fine Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University will kick off its 2013-14 season with a Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Atlanta, Ga.-based band performs what some people call retro-soul or dynamic rhythm and blues; the roots of the music are found in the sound and history of Georgia soul.

Art and design faculty exhibit opens this week

CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland Art Gallery will open on Monday its annual Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, featuring contemporary works of sculpture, painting, photography, metals, ceramics, graphic design and digital media.

ACE nomination deadline is Sept. 9

CHAMPAIGN — Nominations are being accepted at for the 2013 ACE Awards. The deadline for submitting a nomination is midnight Sept. 9.

The nominees and winners will be feted at an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Canopy Club in Urbana.