In the summer of 2011, local artist Bea Nettles began to photograph the last names on headstones that could be used as parts of speech. She went out early in the mornings and spent peaceful hours walking the rows of stones with only the birds for…

BUILDING HISTORY The Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois was opened in 1961 for the use of the university and city. Herman Krannert, a graduate of the university in 1912, along with his wife and other donors, offered the museum as a gift to…

In the Fall of 2013, visitors to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign may have noticed a new face outside the east entrance of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center: A life sized bronze sculpture of sixteenth president and longtime Illinois…

THEB #1 juts out of the ground on North Neil Street in Champaign. The enormous sculpture rests on three geometric corners. Each of these points that touch the ground expand upwards into geometric rectangular shapes. Square metal bars that trace the…

The circles of the sculpture swirl around one another; some are briefly linked, every so slightly touching, others entirely encompass another ripple. Artist Don Lawler from Stephensport, Kentucky, sees this sculpture as a “reflection on the…

The large metal gateway that surrounds a pathway on the corner of Washington and Neil Streets invites viewers to walk through and contemplate how the work interacts with its surroundings. Artist Scott Mental states, “The purpose behind this…

Ice is located in Mattis Park in Champaign. Surrounded by beautiful natural landscape, the work stands in stark contrast to the nearby pond and trees. Ice is simultaneously geometric and organic. Shapes that initially appear hard edged twist gently…

This sculpture, Beautiful Storm, is exactly as it sounds. It reflects those afternoon storms when the electricity of the sky can be felt from through the windows. The rays of the sun are somehow illuminating the dark clouds that create rumblings…

New Holland Yellow Dinosaurs at first seems confusing given its abstract composition and specific title. This piece is from a series Moyer did titled “Dinosaurs and Small Monuments to Big Machines” that seeks to explore society’s relationship…

Artist Mike Baur is best known for his large-scale concrete and steel public sculptures. He states, “Weight, stability and permanence are important to me; this must be why industrial components, architectural forms and landscape have influenced my…

North Star stands on North Chestnut Street directly in front of the old train station in Champaign. The work itself is abstract. Created from metal that has rusted to a deep brown hue, it is comprised of flat pieces of metal that interact with one…

Entrance is a great example of artist Barry Tinsley’s style. Working with geometric metal shapes, he combines elements to create unified monumental sized public works. For this particular work, the forms create a door-size arch that could be an…

Double Dutch- A Jump for Joy emerges from the ground into a grand arch of a monumental size. At the peak of the arch are two abstract human forms representing youthful individuals. The dramatic lines that cross in the air symbolize a quote the artist…

Cycles of Love appears a swirling romantic fantasy from the first moment one lays eyes on it. Located on the corner of University and Neil Streets, its grand movement is striking. There are two human figures inside the sculpture. There are circles…

The Architecture building, also known as "Architecture and Kindred Subjects," was designed in the Georgian Revival style by Charles A. Platt in 1926-1927. Platt, who also designed ten other buildings on campus including the University Library, David…

The foundation for the Library's architecture and art collections was laid by the country's first college graduate of architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Nathan Clifford Ricker (1843-1924), who in 1873 purchased several…

The cast iron panels on the east and west walls of the entrance lobby to the Architecture Building are from the facade of the Gage Building, 18 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, designed by Louis H. Sullivan and erected in 1888-1889. The three…

In 1961, Ellnora and Herman Krannert donated one million dollars to the university for the construction of an art museum. Herman Krannert said of the donation: “I wanted to do something for the university…which the university could not do for…

Since its dedication, Alma Mater has been a symbol of the University of Illinois. Affectionately referred to as ‘Alma’, she stands in front of her throne with open arms welcoming visitors, students, and alumni to the heart of campus. Although…

Umbilic Torus NC weighs 100 lbs. and spans 27" x 27" x 9" (enveloping torus). It was completed in 1987. Not much is known about this piece. If you have any information, please contact the ExploreCU team!

Unfortunately, not much is known about this piece. If you have any information, please contact the ExploreCU team!

The Hallene Gateway was originally the entrance to University Hall, which was also known as New Main Hall or the New University Building. Built in 1872, University Hall was the the fourth building on campus, after the Mechanical Building and Drill…

Artist: Barry Tinsley Type: Four-piece grouping of cut stone Location: South-east of the Medical Sciences Building This piece was acquired through the 1/2% for the Arts' Art-in-Architecture initiative.

This piece was dedicated in September 2002 and was a gift from Robert (class of 1950) and Ruth (class of 1949) Vogele.

Bathsheba Grossman is an artist based out of Santa Cruz, California who describes herself as "a sculptor exploring the space between art, math, and life." Major themes in her work center around "living in three dimensions, finding symmetry and…

Born in 1931 in Jackson, Ohio, Fletcher Benton relocated to San Francisco after graduating from Miami University in 1956. In 1966 Fletcher started teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute and established himself as a primary figure in American…

Nathan Austin Weston was the first acting Dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration (CBA) from 1915-1919. In 1997 his daughter Janet L. Weston gifted this fountain to the University in memoriam of her father, and the fountain…

Preston Jackson received his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Since then he has worked as a professor at many different schools. He currently is a sculpture professor and head of the Figurative Area at the…

This stone figure represents a composite Brahmin god, Hari-Hara, and is a copy of a seventh-century stone statue in the Museacute Albert Sarraut in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Robert Allerton had the copy made from a plaster cast he purchased at the…