Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arts residency in Enos Park

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is partnering with the Springfield Art Association and Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists to offer a funded residency and art exhibition for the summer of 2017.

The residency will last from four to eight weeks and is open to artists working in all media and at all stages of their career.

The Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists will provide studio facilities as well as living quarters and there will be a $1,000 stipend for expenses.

The residency will culminate with an exhibition at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, opening June 30 and running through July 28.

“The idea is that the program will draw artists to Springfield, and ideally, over time, some of them will stay,” said Allison Lacher, manager of the UIS Visual Arts Gallery.

Applications for the residency and art exhibition are due by April 7 and need to include a detailed proposal, dates, artist statement, work samples, image list, resume and references. Artists from across the country are encouraged to apply.

This article appeared in the Illinois Times on March 23, 2017.

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Illinois Innocence Project holds viewing party for award-winning film

The University of Illinois Springfield Illinois Innocence Project is devoted to proving innocence of the falsely accused. Now, the organization is holding a viewing party for one of the largest wrongly imprisoned scandals in history.

On April 12, the award-winning documentary "The Central Park Five" will play at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The film is about five teens from Harlem who were wrongly convicted in 1989 of raping a 28-year-old woman in New York City's Central Park.

Intermission will include a question and answer session with local attorneys.

This story aired on WICS Newschannel 20 on March 22, 2017.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

UIS students spend spring break working on eco-restoration projects

Hailey Hawkins spent as much time around bleach as she did on a beach the past week while in Florida.

But the University of Illinois Springfield junior has no complaints.

"It was definitely a very different spring break," Hawkins said Sunday. "But I had a lot of fun." Hawkins was among 25 UIS students who traveled to Florida last week as part of the school's alternative spring break program.

The students helped with outdoor eco-restoration projects along the Florida panhandle Gulf Coast.

Past trips include building homes for Habitat for Humanity following Hurricane Katrina, cleaning up damage from Hurricane Ike in Texas and working with the homeless at soup kitchens in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

This year, the students assisted with shoreline restoration, native plant propagation, sea grass restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, dune restoration, storm water treatment, public land restoration and invasive species removal.

Hawkins said her favorite part of this year's trip was helping with an oyster-restoration project.

"It was cool because it was something that we couldn't possibly do in Illinois," she said.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on March 20, 2017.

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