BUILDING HISTORY: Grainger Library was built on October 14, 1994 and was dedicated to all of the disciplines of the school of engineering at the University of Illinois. Before Grainger Library was built another building stood in its place. Over one…

BUILDING HISTORY In June of 1893, the University Board of Trustees asked the General Assembly of Illinois to appropriate $160,000 in funds in order to erect a building for the College of Engineering. An act was passed on the 6th of June 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…

Reproduced with permission from the University of Illinois Archives Blog (archives.library.illinois.edu/blog) The University of Illinois has produced its fair share of famous and successful individuals since its founding in 1867. None gained such…

When the University of Illinois opened it's doors in March of 1868, athletics had no part of student life or culture. Baseball teams were soon organized, and in the 1870s rugby gained popularity, but it wasn't until 1876 that the first football game…

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 a…

Though it may be hard to believe, squirrels weren't always as prevalent on campus as they are today. In fact, in 1901, squirrels were in such scarcity that the university payed $250, which is about $6500 today, to buy squirrels to domesticate and…

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…

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 /…