Pandemics as a Portal to Change: A Community Exhibition, May 21-Aug 28 at Krannert Art Museum. Design by Madison Wilcoxen
May 21, 2021 to Aug 28, 2021
Lower Level, Hood Classroom
KAM and our campus and community partners issued a call for art in February 2021 for an exhibition titled Pandemics as a Portal to Change.
The call for art sought visual art, creative writing, original music, video, audio, and performance focused on hopeful approaches that creatively imagine what the future can look like. It was open to creators on campus and throughout Champaign County.
The exhibition includes 79 works of art submitted by 52 artists, middle schoolers through seniors, across a range of topics from health and mental health to the environment to racial justice and community-building. It is on view in the Hood Classroom and online via YouTube.
Painting, sculpture, digital art, animation, creative writing, graphic design, and community engagement work submitted to the project revealed the astounding array of creative thinking and imagining taking place in locally.
Many artists approach difficult topics with vulnerability. Others utilize humor and fantasy to reveal their present struggles and point a way toward a mutual future that is just and peaceful for our community.
Annie F Adams
Eric Benson & Jason Lindsey
Ja Nelle Davenport-Pleasure
Michael R. Jeffords
Ralph Lewis (composer), Dr. Elisabeth Stimpert (clarinet soloist), Robin Meiksins (video editor)
Anne Namatsi Lutomia
McQueen Family Players
Abiquiu Emerson Nesbitt & Christine Sevec-Johnson
Sheila K. Parinas
Rachel J Weber
Organized by Julia Nucci Kelly, Katie Snyder, and Rachel Storm. Video editing by Jason Liggett at UPTV 6, Urbana. Graphic Design by Madison Wilcoxen.
Co-sponsored by Krannert Art Museum, the Museum of the Grand Prairie, The Urbana Free Library, Urbana Arts and Culture Program, the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois, and Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. Supported in part by Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.