Roger Ebert: From Urbana to a Household Name

Roger Ebert has said that he was born in a town that was the center of the universe (Ebert 2011). In his blog and memoir he spoke lovingly of Urbana and Champaign, and of all the good fortune that he was afforded in his lifetime. Ebert was a small…

Ebertfest

In April each year, a film festival is held at the Virginia Theater in Champaign that is dedicated to lesser-known and under-appreciated films. Organized by the University of Illinois’ College of Media, the festival began in 1998 and was originally…

MICRO-FILM Magazine and C-U Confidential

MICRO-FILM is an independent press magazine for independent cinema. It printed one self-printed issue and seven full glossy issues between March 1999 and October 2005. These issues focused on information for all independent filmmakers, including…

Urbana's First Hollywood Actress: Virginia Sale

Born in Urbana in 1899 to Dr. and Mrs. F.O. Sale, Virginia Sale was the younger sister to Charles “Chic” Sale, a famous comedian. Her exact date of birth is unknown, as it was not required in Champaign County during this time to record a birth on…

Monticello Railway Museum

The Monticello Railway Museum is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization founded in 1966 with a goal to maintain and operate steam powered passenger train trips. SPUR (Society for the Perpetuation of Unretired Railfans) as the organization was…

Stock Judging Pavilion

The University of Illinois' Stock Judging Pavilion was built in 1913 in a Renaissance-style design for $112,000. At over 30,000 square feet, this building holds a show arena for livestock that is 216 feet long, 65 feet wide, and mostly made of…

Khmer Deity, 1988

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

Hallene Gateway, 1871

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…

Illinois Split, 1996

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.

Night Train, 1998

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

Nathan Austin Weston Memorial Fountain, 1997

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…

Animal Dignity, 1994

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…