Pandemics as a Portal to Change: A Community Exhibition, May 21-Aug 28 at Krannert Art Museum. Design by Madison Wilcoxen
On View
May 21, 2021–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

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.

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.

Exhibiting Artists

Annie F Adams

DoMonique Arnold

Eric Benson & Jason Lindsey

Jess Beyler


Tachel Brown

Starla Carpenter

Kay Crushon

Kim Curtis

Keenan Dailey

Nick Dalrymple

Ja Nelle Davenport-Pleasure

Debra Domal

Ashanti Files

Camille Files

Kayla Files

Kinsey Fitzgerald

Dan Gilbert

Crystal Hartman

Sara Jahn

Michael R. Jeffords

Melia Kaplan-Hartnett

Eunbee Kim

John Kotnarowski

Ruth Lantz

Jihee Lee

Ralph Lewis (composer), Dr. Elisabeth Stimpert (clarinet soloist), Robin Meiksins (video editor)

Anna Longworth

Anne Namatsi Lutomia

McQueen Family Players

Jean Mendoza

Xtopher Morris

Sierra Murphy

Abiquiu Emerson Nesbitt & Christine Sevec-Johnson

Sheila K. Parinas

Cassandra Peak

Shannon Percoco

Avalon Ogolsky

Sasha Rubel

Cindy Sampson

Anushri Sinha

elizaBeth Simpson

Lidia Turner

Rachel J Weber

Nathan Westerman

Charles Wisseman

Sarah Wisseman

Ann Yeung

Yao Zhang

Bingyu Zhou




Organized by Julia Nucci Kelly, Katie Snyder, and Rachel Storm. Video editing by Jason Liggett at UPTV 6, Urbana. Graphic Design by Madison Wilcoxen.