Inspired Greta Thunberg’s recent remarks to the UN (“How dare you?”), Artists’ Alley and the McKinley Green Team invite all amateur photographers to submit photographs that inspire you to combat climate change. Both positive and negative images/examples are encouraged.
SELECTION PROCESS: Images will be reviewed by a jury comprised of community and student representatives of Artists’ Alley and the McKinley Green Team.
EXHIBIT DATES: Winning images will be enlarged, printed, and hung by Artists’ Alley. They will be on display from November 1 to December 1. There will be an exhibit opening reception on Wednesday, November 6, from 4:30 to 6 PM.
WATER + COLOR: AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS IN WATERCOLOR AND GOUACHE
“Water + Color” is an exhibition of works in watercolor and gouache featuring local, water-medium artists. The pieces, selected by the artists, represent a wide range of subject matter and technique. Well-respected for their art, this group of artists has been featured individually in many exhibitions, juried competitions, and galleries. Uniting them for this show are their gratitude and affection for Jamie Kruidenier.
Jamie Stewart Kruidenier passed away on July 11, 2018, at the age of 63 after a nearly decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was a lifelong educator and faculty member at Parkland Community College in Champaign, Illinois. Scores of children enjoyed her art classes through the “College for Kids” program. She studied watercolor with Don Lake for many years, later substitute teaching for him and, upon his retirement, became a popular, well-respected, and skilled teacher herself at the college. Kruidenier’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other works are displayed in private collections and galleries throughout the country.
To the exhibiting artists, Jamie was a dear friend and teacher. They are delighted to honor her memory through what first brought them all together, the art of “Water + Color.”
Participating Artists: Ann McDowell • Ann Rund • Anu Murphy • Barbara England • Birute Simaitis • Bonnie Switzer • Jenny Barrett • Jim Gallagher • Margaret Decardy • Martha Seif • Rebecca Renwick • Sandra Hynds • Sarah Wiseman
Exhibition Opening: September 4, 4:30 to 6:30 PM Exhibition Run: September 4 — October 20, 2019 On view at Artists’ Alley at 405 E. John Street 9 AM to 8 PM daily
Artist’s Alley, a secure gallery at the McKinley Foundation, 809 S. 5th on the UI campus, welcomes visual artists to display their work during the Boneyard Arts Festival this April.
The art should be a contemporary piece that relates to the gallery’s current social justice theme.
“Engage 4 Freedom” is a year-long rotating exhibit featuring works inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. This exhibit is inspired by our partnership with the For Freedoms Federation which uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century and to inject the anti-partisan, critical thinking that fine art requires into the political landscape through programming, exhibitions, and public artworks.
The cold weather and your busy schedule may not permit you to wander some of our most beautiful state parks and their hidden treasures, but a quick trip to Artists’ Alley at Presby Hall will immerse you in Lori Fuller’s artistic interpretation of the same.
Our newest exhibit, Beyond the Landscape, features acrylic paintings and colored pencil drawings inspired by the natural landscape. This exhibit offers a detailed look at the textures, rhythms, and unique color palette found in nature and examines our interaction with our natural environment. Daily Illini reporter Tommy Block described the exhibit in his January 29 feature article:
“A pool of pristine water beams a reflection of trees up toward the sky, straddling the horizon. Jagged wrinkles along with a sheet of rock harness a feeling of wisdom. A splintering layer of wood creeps toward the forefront of a rugged landscape, dragging with it shadows of mystery and intrigue.”
Beyond the Landscape is on exhibit through March 15, 2018. Located at Presby Hall, 405 E. John Street, Artists’ Alley is open between 9 AM and 8 PM daily.