The Illini Union Art Gallery continues the Illini Union's mission to enrich the lives of students and the campus community through the freedom of expression and the value of each individual.

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The Illini Union Art Gallery is proud to feature shows from local and national artists, as well as works from university staff, faculty, and students. All shows are intended to represent the diverse spirit of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We will start accepting submissions for the 2020-2021 academic year at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. 

2019 exhibit schedule

August Exhibit | Aug. 1 - 30

"Was is Liebe/What is Love?" by Lauren Karplus | Sponsored in part by the Goethe Institute
This art installation is a photo exhibit exploring German/American couples in the Midwest and Germany. Interviews were conducted to explore their relationships on a deeper level and their words will be shared next to their photos.

September Exhibit | Sept. 5 - 27

"Journey through Acrylic" by Jackie Kern
This exhibit explores the use of acrylic paint as a medium. The exhibit includes paintings and designs through the technique of pouring acrylic paint.

October Exhibit | Oct. 3 - 31


"Two Years of Music Photography" by Ben Tschetter
After two years of work, the artist explores their favorite images of their time in the music/concert industry.

November Exhibit | Nov. 7 - 30

"Algorithmic Design to Digital Fabrication" by Bhujon Kang & ARCH 576 Students
Art and design merge in an exhibit that explores digital fabrication and printing of abstract painting and light features.

December/January Exhibit | Dec. 5 - Jan. 30

"The Myths of Kutuliza Ghasia" by Kenneth Bivens
Using mediums like oils, spray paint, and ink, this exhibit explores social injustices through the lens of comic book-style art.

February Exhibit | Feb. 6 - 28


"The Dancing Pen: Handlettering & Calligraphy by IZAMO" by Maddy Marchini
Through the distinct medium of calligraphy, this exhibit brings positivity and fun to life using various canvases.

March Exhibit | More information to come


The Erik Show

April Exhibit | April 16 - May 22


"Sunrise, Sunset, and Everything Inbetween" by Josh Frerichs
The exhibit explores Midwest landscape in all its glory, where the artist grew up.

June Exhibit | June 5 - 26

"150 years of UI: Art Creation and the Major Movements of the Art World" by Dr. Ian Yang
Through a variety of methods, Dr. Yang will present a collection of works that bring out the best of the Illinois community. All works were created by University of Illinois community members over the past 150 years.

July Exhibit | July 2 - 30

"An Artist/Teacher's Retrospective" by Shannon Percoco
Focused on the relationship between color and texture, this exhibit explores both whimsy and melancholy within the emotional journey that is life.

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