Nominations sought for 2012 ACE Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2012 ACE Awards, which will be handed out starting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Canopy Club in Urbana.

The deadline for submitting nominations to is Sept. 10.

Vote set on proposed curriculum for new class at Danville High School

DANVILLE — Starting this school year, some Danville High School students will be introduced to the school's Academy of Creative Expression program and its Artful Learning curriculum through a new class.

The semester-long class, called Principles of the Arts, is a required course for sophomores entering ACE House.

Studio Visit: Rick Larimore

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with wood sculptor Rick Larimore of Urbana and Fairmount. In the Aug. 26 newspaper, we'll have a visit with Tito Carrillo, a professor of trumpet at the University of Illinois. 

Studio Visit: 'Lumiere Brothers' Scott Aigner and Derek Clem

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits with Scott Aigner and Derek Clem, the Lumiere Brothers. In the Aug. 12 newspaper, we'll have a visit with songwriter and musician Margaret O'Brien of Monticello.

Helbing sculpture installation

PHOTO GALLERY: Artist Mike Helbing's sculpture, "Beautiful Storm," was installed at the University of Illinois Research Park on First Street in Champaign on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

Alternate Mater: How a statue's pose was recreated

You may have seen a photo making the rounds, of a group of people recreating the pose of the Alma Mater statue on the University of Illinois campus, after the statue was removed on Tuesday from its pedestal for renovation that will take the next several months.

Restorer discusses Alma Mater tasks

URBANA — How do you move a 13-foot-tall bronze sculpture prized by generations of University of Illinois students?

Very carefully — with shims, a truck and "a very big crane," according to the man in charge, curator Andrzej Dajnowski.

Dajnowski will oversee the dismantling of the Alma Mater sculpture at Wright and Green streets and its move to his Chicago-area studio next week.

Alma Mater to be dismantled in one day

URBANA — Alma Mater will have to remain at her spot at Green and Wright streets for one extra day.

The conservator leading the restoration of the 83-year-old bronze sculpture has decided to wait until Tuesday to dismantle and transport it to his Chicago-area studio.

Getting Personal: Jason Patterson

Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Melissa Merli chats with artist Jason PattersonGetting Personal appears first in print, in the Sunday newspaper. In the July 29 paper, we'll have a chat with auto dealer Jennifer Shelby. 

Studio Visit: Christopher Carl

Studio Visit appears first in print, in Sunday editions of The News-Gazette. Here, Melissa Merli visits Christopher Carl, an artist and graduate student in architectureIn the July 29 newspaper, we'll have a visit with photographer Mike Holtz.