University of Illinois

Art + Design

Julie Rodrigues Widholm will be the 2020 Art + Design convocation speaker. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Illinois in 1997 and is director and chief curator of the DePaul Art Museum, where she leads the strategic and artistic vision to promote equity and interdisciplinary education in art museums. Prior to taking the helm at DPAM in September 2015, she was a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She has organized more than 100 solo and group exhibitions that have been presented at museums across the United States, such as DPAM, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, the Nasher Museum at Duke University, and the MIT List Visual Arts Center, among others. She grew up in Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal, Germany, and across the United States.

Deana McDonagh, along with Andree Woodcock, Louise Moody, Ajita Jain, and Lakhmi C. Jain, are editors of the newly published Intelligent Systems Reference Library book no. 167, Design of Assistive Technology for Ageing Populations.

This book focuses on various aspects of research on aging, including in relation to assistive technology, dignity of aging, how technology can support a greater understanding of the experience of physically aging and cognitive changes, mobility issues associated with the elderly, and emerging technologies. Read more about the series.

Jorge Lucero Kennedy Center Workshop


Art Education Associate Professor Jorge Lucero will present a workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, on December 2.

Teacher as Artist-in-Residence: The Most Radical Form of Expression to Ever Exist
What if we radically change the way we think of teaching so that it becomes an art practice? What if you became the artist-in-residence in your own classrooms? By dismantling long-held ideas about expertise, productivity, and art itself, this workshop proposes a pathway for teachers to permanently exist as creative practitioners in their own classrooms and schools. Other than thinking, there is no special art skill requirement for you to emerge as the premiere artist-in-residence in your classroom.

Download the brochure for more information.


Kyle Bauer Pulse Art Fair


Kyle Bauer (BFA 2007, Sculpture), along with artists Brian Dunn and Patrick Harkin, will exhibit at the PULSE Art Fair on December 3-8, 2019.

Material Tension is a presentation of three artists who explore material and medium utilizing humor and a high level of craft.

Kyle has an impressive breadth of work, command of craftsmanship, and refinement. The work he is including at the fair is new: a rich and clever arrival at his own defined aesthetic. In his own words: "I allude to themes and the metaphor of a journey, which coupled alongside my continual quest for self-discovery, has been manifested into sculptures that aid the viewer as they navigate the gallery space. Each sculpture exists as an honest form."

PULSE Art Fair, Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL.


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