Ashanti Files discusses her experiences thus far as Urbana's Poet Laureate, including what she has learned in the position, and what is still to come for the remainder of her year-long term. Trigger warnings: please note that this article contains mentions of mental health concerns including body image, depression and suicide.
Recent University of Illinois graduate Jordan Ratliff discusses the inspiration, process, and takeaways from a senior thesis production that has been over a year in the making.
Designer and illustrator Brooke Armstrong advice to new artists is to "make the work you want to see."
Lyric Theatre at Illinois co-director Julie Gunn "[likes] our students, the performers, to work with living people at least some of the time, and I also like them relating what they’re doing to something in their own lives."
Evelyne asks two Illinois Art + Design BFA candidates about the messages and media behind the work they've selected for the student exhibition at Krannert Art Museum.
For the second year in a row, graduates of Illinois Theatre’s Acting program are filming their work for casting directors in the hopes of smoothly transitioning into the professional theatre industry.
For Tom Zhang, a second-year MFA student in stage management at Illinois Theatre, COVID restrictions have been frustrating, but they also inspired technological innovations that may live on past the pandemic.
For LGBTQ+ artists, both the social risks and emotional benefits of sharing aspects of their identities in their work are particularly high.
According to Matt Wiley, "One of the benefits of a simple illustration style is how significantly facial expressions and framing can have on the feeling of a scene."
Tyehimba Jess' advice to young poets is "Don't give up and revise, revise, revise, and have a decent understanding of American history or of the history of the country you're living in and the country that your people came from."
Nearly a decade ago, a project local to Brooklyn began a pilot campus program at the University of Illinois that would prove to be successful beyond its creators’ wildest dreams.
When asked about her ongoing investigation of empty spaces, artist Drea Aarons says "Life is full of a bunch of junk, and we’re busy pretending otherwise."
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