College of Fine Arts

Current Exhibitions:

Juan Angel Chávez: Winded Rainbow

Juan Chavez

On View: February 24 through April 4, 2015
Gallery Walk: Saturday, Feb 28 at 4 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb 28 from 5 to 7 pm



Winded Rainbow premieres eight new works by Juan Angel Chávez and offers a historical view of the artist’s practice through the inclusion of maquettes for his large-scale sculptures and installations from 2007-2014. Eight smaller-scale three-dimensional works from 2011-2012 are also included. The exhibition coincides with Chávez’s recent desire to transition away from primarily constructing large wooden structures and toward making sculptures from accumulated materials like clothing, signage, and even hair extensions. More Info

Image: Juan Angel Chávez, Hard Bark, 2012. Mixed media collage, 94 x 112 inches. Courtesy of the artist.


Laura Letinsky: A Moment on the Lips

Laura Letinsky

On View: February 24 through April 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, Feb 28 from 5 to 7 pm
Artist Lecture: Thursday, March 5 at noon

A Moment on the Lips features ten photographs each from Laura Letinsky’s two recent series, Albeit and Ill Form and Void Full. The artist has been making both bodies of work concurrently, starting on Ill Form and Void Full in 2010 and Albeit in 2012. Although both series include elements of the domestic still lifes for which she received wide recognition—leftover fruit rinds, spilled red wine, recently used plates, and not-quite-fresh flowers, all employed to reference satiation, need, and desire—these works represent a departure not only in Letinsky’s method of making but also in her thinking about photography. Installed in two adjoining galleries, viewers can see how Ill Form and Void Full and Albeit have informed each other, while each series maintains its integrity. More Info

Image: Laura Letinsky, Untitled #40 (From the series: Ill Form and Void Full), 2013. Archival pigment print on Hanhemule paper, 38.9 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago.



Spotlight on the Permanent Collection:

David Wojnarowicz's Four Elements

Four Elements

In honor of the 25th anniversary of University Galleries' David Wojnarowicz: Tongues of Flame exhibition, we are spotlighting the Four Elements suite of two lithographs that were created by Wojnarowicz during two trips to Normal, published by Normal Editions Workshop in 1990. The prints will be on view through early March.

David Wojnarowicz was an artist, writer, musician, filmmaker, and leading advocate for gay rights and AIDS awareness at a crucial period from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. His biography, Fire in the Belly, by Cynthia Carr, features an entire chapter on his experience at Illinois State University and the Normal community. More Information

Image (top): Earth and Wind, nine-color lithograph, 1990, 22.75 x 30 inches.
Image (bottom): Fire and Water, ten-color lithograph, 1991, 22.75 x 30 inches.





Uptown Galleries

University Galleries at Uptown Station

University Galleries' has moved to a brand-new space located at Uptown Station at the corner of Beaufort and Broadway. Parking is available in the deck directly above, and is free for the first hour and after 5:01 pm.

Illinois State University

College Of Fine Arts
Campus Box 5600
Center for Visual Arts 116
Normal, Il 61790-5600
Phone: (309) 438-8321
Fax: (309) 438-8318

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