Category Archives: art

Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the Great Depression by Cara A. Finnegan has won the Outstanding Book of the Year by the National Communication Association’s Visual Communication division. In Making Photography Matter, Finnegan illustrates how encounters … Continue reading

Andy Warhol, of all the famous figures out there, might mind least that we use his birthday as an opportunity to push a book. His cultivated public persona as a naif obscured an artist and, let’s face it, an entertainer … Continue reading

The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy by Christopher J. Smith has been awarded the Irving Lowens Book Award by the Society for American Music (SAM). The SAM award committee had this statement upon … Continue reading

Larry Kanfer will sign copies of his latest book CHICAGOSCAPES in the Chicago Loop on December 17th & 18th.  This is a perfect gift for the holidays. Join us for these free events sponsored by the Illinois State Museum’s Illinois … Continue reading

The Best of Illinois: Vol. 1, catalog offers cutting-edge graphic design, striking photography, a shelf of essential books, and a closeup of a bullfrog. Oh, you’ve heard these superlatives? Here’s the chase, the gist, the nitty, and/or the gritty: 40% off … Continue reading

December 4, 2014, 4:00-5:00pm Lorado Taft: The Sculptor’s Legacy Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL Lorado Taft is known to University of Illinois students and alumni worldwide for creating the revered Alma Mater statue.  Learn about … Continue reading

Robert G. La France, co-editor of Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years, talks about the life and work of the influential sculptor in this video. In the book trailer, La France, former Curator of Pre-Modern Art at Krannert Art Museum at the … Continue reading

The pre-restoration Alma Mater. Today the famed statue makes its long-awaited return to the University of Illinois campus after a ten-month restoration treatment. Though completed in 1929, the Alma Mater had taken shape in the mind of creator Lorado Taft … Continue reading

Michael Jeffords and Susan Post, authors of Exploring Nature in Illinois, are celebrating both the release of their new book and an exhibit of nature photography in May and June. May 3-June 14, 2014, Cinema Gallery in Urbana, IL is … Continue reading

The University of Illinois Press hosts the annual Book, Jacket and Journal Show, April 28-May 9, 2014. Sponsored by the Association of American University Presses, nearly 100 books and jackets—the best of university press publishing—are on display for public viewing … Continue reading