Bed Shoe Home

A community art action facilitated by artist Jane Gilmore is on view at the University YMCA from January 26, 2017 through March 17, 2017. The “Bed Shoe Home” exhibition series is dedicated to all those in Champaign-Urbana without affordable housing.

The University YMCA and the Center for Advanced Study, UIUC invite you to two special events of the Bed Shoe Home exhibition series:

George A Miller Visiting Artist Talk
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 4:00pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory, Urbana
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Exhibition Opening of BED SHOE HOME
Thursday, January 26, 2017
from 5:00pm to 7:00pm | Artist Talk at 5:30pm
YMCA of the University of Illinois
1001 S. Wright, Champaign
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Champaign-Urbana is facing a crisis in housing for low-income families and the under-sheltered. To bring this issue into sharper focus, the University YMCA’s Art @ the Y program, in collaboration with the School of Art + Design and the School of Social Work, initiated “Bed Shoe Home,” a community-based art action organized by artist Jane Gilmor.

Gilmor was in residence in Champaign-Urbana for a month this past fall working in community organizations serving the homeless: the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Courage Connection, and the Phoenix Center. BED SHOE HOME culminates in a large installation at the University Y from January 26 through March 17, 2017, including a walk-in book covered with notes and images on metal foil created by those in area shelters, residencies programs, soup kitchens and drop-in sites. Learn more about Jane Gilmor's work at:

“It’s important to go see this work and understand it as a weaving together of artmaking and personal stories that work to uplift the voices of the homeless and the under sheltered. When you see the work in person, you are in touch with the lines of the work and have a connection with the ferocious intensity of the artist’s hand,” said Julia Kellman, chair of the Art @ the Y committee.

Center for Advanced Study, UIUC
George A Miller Endowment
School of Art + Design
School of Social Work
Daily Bred Soup Kitchen
Courage Connection
The Phoenix Center

ABOUT ART @ THE Y: Art @ the Y is a cause-driven, public arts initiative of the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign. Art @ the Y seeks to engage issues of social justice, international understanding, environmental activism, faith and cultural understanding through quality arts programming. Art @ the Y includes a revolving exhibition space in Murphy Gallery on the first floor of the University YMCA. Murphy Gallery Hours at the University YMCA are from Mondays-Fridays from 9am-9pm.