Do you doodle in the margins of your notes? Seeking a creative outlet? Do you make art in your free time? Have you been looking for the ideal spot to showcase your work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on!
The Undergraduate Library is inviting artists of all skill levels and majors to apply for the chance to exhibit your art in our art gallery. We are seeking works in either of two categories: those that match our 2018-2019 theme of “Imaginary Worlds,” or an open call for any work that addresses issues of concern to undergraduate students.
You must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student
Create an awesome piece of art (or pick something you already have!)
Wait for email confirmation from the UGL with details
Selected artists will meet with the UGL gallery curator for installation guidelines, and must complete a permission form to display their artwork
Celebrate with friends – you’re a featured artist
Any major can apply. Each Student Art Gallery space is 176” wide, 85” tall, and 6.5” deep. Most 2D art forms will fit, as well as smaller objects such as jewelry, metalwork, and some sculpture and industrial design works. We also have a small standing display case for larger 3D works.
Our challenge to you this fall is to create a piece of any medium that is fitting with the theme ‘Imaginary Worlds.’ Take this as literally or as figuratively as you want. Some other concepts we want you to think about as you create your piece are: virtual and augmented reality, avatars, and artificial intelligence.
Be sure to be on the lookout for our bi-semester prompts! These will be advertised around campus and on our webpage. Please note, you do not have to submit artwork within our themes or following our prompts! These are meant to get you thinking if you are stumped.
It’s Banned Book Week! This week, we celebrate our freedom to read and our freedom of speech.The University of Illinois is a champion of free speech on all issues no matter how controversial. Want to join along? The libraries will be celebrating all week with various displays, events and pictures.
Why Free Speech Matters
Where: Undergraduate Library
When: September 27th
The Undergraduate Library is celebrating Banned Books by hosting a table where you can show off why free speech matters to you. Join us on the upper level of the UGL to make a quick sign saying how free speech matters to you!
Literature and Languages Library Display
Beloved, a commonly challenged or banned book
Where: The Reading Room in the Main Library building
When: September 24th and throughout the week
The Literature and Languages Library is setting up a display! Matthew Roberts, the Literature and Languages Librarian has this to say about Banned Books Week:
Championed by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community to support the freedom to seek and to express ideas. Consequently, members of the the University of Illinois’ Literatures and Languages Library created a book display, which highlights important moments in America’s history of book banning and censorship, and underscores a variety of international authors who, in more recent history, have either been imprisoned or exiled due to their literary work. While the display is in no way representative of the entire history of book banning, we hope that it represents the University of Illinois’ commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and to its mission to pioneer innovative research that addresses global problems and expands the human experience.
Some of the authors featured in the display include: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Toni Morrison, Lui Xiabo, Shahrnush Parsipur, Aslı Erdoğan, and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. The display also contains an excerpt from the The United States v. One Book Called Ulysses decision, an original copy of which belongs to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.
Want to join the library in our battle against censorship? Grab your favorite banned book and use the hashtag #IlliniSpeakOut on social media!