The easy-to-spot fiberglass horse on Michigan Avenue in Urbana is sporting a protective mask these days.

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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.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the retired UI Geography Department staff cartographer and lecturer and latest winner of the Illinois Arts Legacy Award. He's had a long relationship with Japan House, whose gardens he designed, donated, and constructed and continues to maintain.

In conjunction with University of Illinois homecoming weekend, Hua Nian of Urbana, whose son is a member of the Marching Illini is showing her artwork about the band this week at the Harding Band Building.

This week's stop in our series on local businesses with stories to tell: Champaign’s Dixon Graphics, a 2019 Arts, Culture, and Education Award winner for, among other things, 'going out of their way to support, advocate for, advise, encourage, and promote local artists as they conduct their art businesses.'