Petals & Paintings

April 4 through 6, 2014

The Petals & Paintings gala and exhibition is Krannert Art Museum's annual fundraising event held during University of Illinois Moms’ Weekend. This year, Petals & Paintings will run from Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6.

Petals & Paintings provides local residents, businesses, and visiting parents with an opportunity to support the museum while enjoying innovative floral designs inspired by works of art on display throughout Krannert Art Museum. Twenty-one award-winning florists from throughout the Midwest will create one-of-a-kind designs for the exhibition. Guest curator for the event is Champaign florist and University of Illinois alumnus, Rick Orr, AIFD.

There are two ways the museum raises funds during Petals & Paintings: sponsorships and our gala event. The museum is thankful for the generous donations of individual and business sponsors that support this exhibition. All Petals & Paintings sponsors are listed below.

This year, the Petals & Paintings gala reception will be held at the museum on Friday, April 4 from 6:30–9 p.m. Gala attendees may preview the exhibition as they enjoy a musical performance by the Briggs Houchins Trio with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Michaels’ Catering. During the gala, the Krannert Art Museum Council will host a silent auction with items donated by individuals and local businesses, including jewelry, fine dining, and a variety of goods and services. The gala will culminate with the raffle of a framed original painting by New York artist and University of Illinois alumnus, Robert Lenz.

Raffle tickets may be purchased individually for $25 or three for $50, and the winning ticket will be drawn at the gala on April 4. Gala tickets are $75 each; both raffle and gala tickets are available for purchase in the museum's offices on the second floor of the Kinkead Pavilion. You may also order by phone by calling 217-244-0516. You need not be present to win. For more information, email us at kam@illinois.edu

What programs will my contribution support?

Funds raised during this annual event and exhibition support programs that open the museum's doors to students, faculty, Champaign-Urbana visitors and community members throughout the year, including major museum initiatives in education and the renovation of gallery spaces.

Proceeds from this year’s Petals & Paintings will provide continued support for Krannert Art Museum Week at the Museum (KAM–WAM), an education outreach program for local elementary students. KAM–WAM brings public school students from Urbana and Champaign into the museum for an entire week of immersive arts education. The program served over 200 students last year and has expanded to provide an even broader array of interactive educational experiences.

The Petals & Paintings Gala and raffle will also support the renovation of the Moore Gallery of Decorative Arts. The decorative arts gallery is used to display items from the museum’s permanent collection, including fine glassware, pottery, textiles, and other decorative arts and is a key education space for museum tours and programs.

Exhibition Details

Petals & Paintings gala and silent auction
Friday, April 4 · 6:30–9 pm.

Petals & Paintings exhibition
Saturday, April 5 · 9 am–5 pm
with free tours from 10 am–4 pm

Sunday, April 6 · 12–5 pm

Rick Orr, member, American Institute of Floral Designers

Krannert Art Museum thanks the following sponsors:

Business Sponsors

Busey Bank

Fox Development Corporation

The News-Gazette

O’Brien Auto Park Urbana

Sharon Harkness, Inc.

Barham Benefit Group

Stone Creek Golf Club and Atties Bar and Grill

Ansel Law Ltd. · Bacca Cigar Co. Inc.
Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District · Cheese & Crackers Hickory Point Bank & Trust · Martin, Hood, Friese, & Associates, LLC Michaels’ Catering · Pepsi-Cola C-U Bottling · Sun Singer Wine & Spirits

Individual Sponsors
Scott and Lynn Anderson  · Wells and Joann Anderson · Beth Armsey · George and Sandra Batzli · Craig and Donna Bazzani · Don and Roma Chenoweth · Harold and Nancy Diamond · John and Terri Dodson · Ann Einhorn · Victor and Judy Feldman · Dana and Tami Gray · Mary Elizabeth Haile · Kathleen Harleman · Chris and Gozen Hartman · Betsy Hendrick · Peter and Joan Hood · Norma Howard · David and Kathy Kinser · Jill Knappenberger · Rich and Margaret Martin · George and Diane Miller · David  and Nancy Morse · Richard and Rosann Noel · Mike and Sheila O’Connor · Terry and Julie O’Neill · David and Jean Peters · Jim and Cinda Pettigrew  · Brian and Gloria Rainer · Selma Richardson · Robeson Family Benefit Fund · Lawrence and Frances Schook · Melvyn Skvarla · Robert and Diane Todd

Silent Auction Donors
Bacaro · Binny’s Beverage Depot · BJ Grand Salon & Spa · Corkscrew Wine Emporium · Ebert Fest and the University of Illinois College of Media · Escobar's/Milo’s Restaurants · Michaels’ Catering · Rick Orr Flowers · Silvercreek · Sun Singer Wine & Spirits · Timpone’s Restaurant · Beverly Fagan · Margaret and Rich Martin · Mary Ellen and Dan Peterson · Laurie Schnitzer · Patty Schwegmann

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Robert Lenz
South Kent, Connecticut Farm (detail), 2013
Oil on board
Courtesy of the artist
© Robert Lenz