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While visitors will be able to walk in to the museum for the first time since March, when UI ended in-person classes, the experience will be different.

A $380,000 process that ended this month saw Oscar Martinez's mural turned into five paintings, two of which were hung permanently in the southwest stairwell of the Illini Union and three of which were put on display at the Spurlock Museum, where they’ll remain for the next 10 years.

The local artist opened up to staff writer Anthony Zilis about his speed-painting performance at a recent Illinois men's basketball game, his history with speed painting and more.

For nearly three decades, the Giertz Education Center at Krannert Art Museum was a lending library of art resources for classroom teachers across the state. Established in partnership with the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana, the center was named for and supported by Fred and Donna Giertz.