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…

Although White's 32-foot-long, Cor-ten steel sculpture complements its architectural setting, appearing as a fluid orange line sweeping through space, contrasting in form and spirit with the rather plain, factory-like brick structure behind it, it…

Richard Hunt's massive steel sculpture stands before the Veterinary Medicine Building as a big dark abstract form that seems strangely and vaguely recognizable. A combination of natural, flamelike outcrops and sharp-edged chunky planes, the work…

The first football game in a still far-from-completed Memorial Stadium took place November 3, 1923, when the stands overflowed with more than sixty thousand lllini enthusiasts who cheered their team on to a 7-0 triumph over the University of Chicago.…

Centennial commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the art department's start of classes in the fall of 1876, a full semester before trustees officially approved the department's establishment the following March. Placed on a grassy comer…

This intriguing bronze group harmonizes perfectly with the other outdoor pieces placed along the same street: Basaldella's Initiation and Youngman's Centennial. All evoke a sense of archaeological discovery, of mysterious meaning, of civilizations…

This large-scale plaster relief commemorates the Lincoln-Douglas debate of October 13, 1858, the sixth in a series of seven oratorical contests waged throughout lllinois between the two men running for election to the U.S. Senate. The bronze casting…

Aycock's Tree of Life Fantasy appears on the landscape as an intriguing machine or play apparatus that gives no hint of function. The painted white sculpture is at once a mix of opaque, transparent, and linear parts: kinetic roller-coaster loops,…

At the invitation of President Andrew Draper, Katharine Lucinda Sharp (1865-1907) came to the university in the fall of 1893 to establish a professional library program and to build a major library. For four years prior to that, she had occupied a…

The grimly earnest, realistic figural group cast in bronze from this original plaster stands in a park in Taft's birthplace, Elmwood, lllinois. At the base is the inscription, "To the Pioneers / Who bridged the streams / Subdued the soil and /…

Dr. Thomas Gallaudet founded the first free school for the deaf in the United States, the American School for the Deaf, in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1817. He is shown in this naturalistic sculptural portrait with Alice Cogswell, the child who sparked…

Beautifully tinted glass designs, colored primarily in soft grays, browns, and ambers and representing the marks of printers in France, Italy, Scotland, England, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, embellish twenty-seven of the library's second-floor…

From 1910 throughout the rest of his Life, Taft hoped to beautify the old Columbian Exposition Midway Plaisance in Chicago by creating a mile-long expanse of trees, lawns, fountains, and "statues of the world's greatest idealists." A fountain of Time…

From 1910 throughout the rest of his Life, Taft hoped to beautify the old Columbian Exposition Midway Plaisance in Chicago by creating a mile-long expanse of trees, lawns, fountains, and "statues of the world's greatest idealists." A fountain of Time…

In an era when bronze statues immortalized heroes, a modest pantheon came into being: an Editors' Hall of Fame. Established in 1927 by the lllinois Press Association to "preserve the spirit and achievement of notable members of the press." A…

In 1923 the university's supervising architect asked Lorado Taft's advice about putting a marble or bronze bust in the Lincoln Hall niche, observing it had been suggested that "Borglum's head of Lincoln, the original of which is in the Rotunda of the…

To memorialize "the first citizen of this state to be elected President of the United States, the signer of the bill which made the state university possible, and the consistent and persevering friend of higher education and the nation," the lllinois…

Christiane Martens had her sculpture Tsunami Ascending placed at the far end of the patio so that it would not be dwarfed by the building's monumental size. It stands out because of its bright red color against the surrounding evergreens. A…

Arnold 0. Beckman, born a blacksmith's son in Cullom, Illinois, in 1900, earned his B.S. degree in chemical engineering at the University of illinois in 1922 and completed his master's degree in physical chemistry the following year. He received his…

By its very scale, its prominence, and its contrasts of shapes, materials and textures, Upwells attracts attention. It is participatory; people can move through the middle and children can play in the water. And it is educational, illustrating basic…

Liberman's aesthetic tastes derive from early twentieth-century Russian Constructivism: a predilection for the non-figurative, architectural, and geometric; for machine-age materials and techniques; for constructed, not modeled or carved, forms; for…