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Center for the Visual Arts

Location:
Center for the Visual Arts 401 S. School Street
Normal, IL

The Center for the Visual Arts is home to the College of Fine Arts, the School of Art, the Arts Technology program, the University Galleries, and a student-run graphic design studio.

The Center for the Visual Arts opened in 1974 and contains three stories. It was the original South Mall Arts Building.

Past Events

June 2016

Thesis Defense for: Jordan DeWilde; ART

Date:
Monday, June 27th 2016
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thesis title: SOCIAL MEDIA AS A TOOL TO SHARE ART CURRICULUM Thesis committee: Judith Briggs Edward Stewart

Thesis Defense for: Adrielle Schneider; ART

Date:
Monday, June 27th 2016
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Thesis title: PROGRESS AS A STUDENT TEACHER: AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHY Thesis committee: Judith Briggs Edward Stewart

Thesis Defense for: Kara Lomasney; ART

Date:
Tuesday, June 28th 2016
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thesis title: EFFECTS OF INTEGRATING POSTMODERN THEORY AND VISUAL CULTURE INTO THE ART CURRICULUM Thesis committee: Judith Briggs Edward Stewart

August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

BFA Collaborative Exhibition

Start:
Monday, October 3rd 2016
6:00 pm
End:
Friday, October 7th 2016
8:00 pm

Collaborative work by our BFA students will be installed in Transpace gallery 3.Reception: TBD

Printmaking Exhibition: Force of Nature Reception

Date:
Tuesday, October 11th 2016
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Printmaking works by students that will run in conjunction with Beyond the Norm and the 40th anniversary of Normal Editions Workshop will be installed in Transpace, galleries 2, 2.5, and 3. Transpace Gallery, Center for Visual Arts, room 115 Illinois State University Reception: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 11 Please check website for more information on exhibition days and hours.

Printmaking Exhibition: Force of Nature

Start:
Tuesday, October 11th 2016
6:00 pm
End:
Friday, October 21st 2016
8:00 pm

Printmaking works by students that will run in conjunction with Beyond the Norm and the 40th anniversary of Normal Editions Workshop will be installed in Transpace, galleries 2, 2.5, and 3. Transpace Gallery, Center for Visual Arts, room 115 Illinois State University Reception: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 11 Please check website for more information on exhibition days and hours.

University Speaker Series – The History of Voter Suppression in America

Date:
Tuesday, October 11th 2016
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The History of Voter Suppression in AmericaAssistant Professor of Art Vanessa Schulman and Professor of History Amy Wood October 11 6 p.m. Center for Visual Arts, room 110 "Super Tuesdays" is a four-part series of presentations and discussions that will be held on successive Tuesday evenings leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The evenings will feature brief presentations by two faculty speakers and a moderated discussion between those speakers and community participants.

University Speaker Series – The Role of the Courts

Date:
Tuesday, October 18th 2016
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Role of the CourtsAssociate Professor of Politics and Government Meghan Leonard and Professor of Criminal Justice Michael Gizzi October 18 6 p.m. Center for Visual Arts, room 110 "Super Tuesdays" is a four-part series of presentations and discussions that will be held on successive Tuesday evenings leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The evenings will feature brief presentations by two faculty speakers and a moderated discussion between those speakers and community participants.

University Speaker Series – Media and the Modern Candidate 2016

Date:
Tuesday, October 25th 2016
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Media and the Modern CandidateAssistant Professor of Politics and Government Kerri Milita and Assistant Professor of Communication Rebecca Hayes October 25 6 p.m. Center for Visual Arts, room 110 "Super Tuesdays" is a four-part series of presentations and discussions that will be held on successive Tuesday evenings leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The evenings will feature brief presentations by two faculty speakers and a moderated discussion between those speakers and community participants.

November 2016

Thesis Defense for: Ellen Herget; ART

Date:
Tuesday, November 1st 2016
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thesis title: THE CREATIVE CHILD AT HOME Thesis committee: Judith Briggs Edward Stewart Michael Vetere

Arts Technology Music Festival

Date:
Saturday, November 5th 2016
Time:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Showcase of musical skills, and other media with interactive Kinect projects

BFA Exhibition—Carrie Meyers and Regan King

Date:
Tuesday, November 8th 2016
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Carrie Meyers and Regan King will display their work at the Transpace Gallery in the Center for Visual Arts.

MFA/BFA Exhibition—Dylan Welch and Justin Hay

Date:
Tuesday, November 29th 2016
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dylan Welch and Justin Hay will display their work at the Transpace Gallery in the Center for Visual Arts.

December 2016

Thesis Defense for Dylan Welch, ART

Date:
Thursday, December 1st 2016
Time:
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Dylan Welch to defend the thesis "Hints of Wholeness"

School of Art Holiday Sale: Friends of the Arts Preview

Date:
Thursday, December 8th 2016
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Great Christmas present idea! Please help support our students by purchasing art (pottery, prints, photographs, and glass) from ISU students. 80% of the proceeds go directly back to the student artists! All sale items are original artworks by Illinois State students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists. Price ranges from $2-100. Payable by cash, check, or credit card. Light desserts and hot beverages will be provided.

32nd Annual Printmakers’ Exhibition and Sale

Date:
Friday, December 9th 2016
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The 32nd Annual Printmakers' Exhibition and Sale features sale items that are original artworks by Illinois State University students, faculty, and staff. Most prices range from $2.00 to $50.00.

School of Art Holiday Sale

Date:
Friday, December 9th 2016
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The School of Art invites you to attend our annual Holiday Sale.

Alumni night at It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play

Date:
Friday, December 9th 2016
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
bell in Christmas tree

Illinois State alumni can take in a favorite holiday classic (following reception at 7:30 p.m.) and special alumni reception on December 9.

February 2017

SWAT Wellness Gazebo – Center for the Visual Arts (Airport Lounge)

Date:
Wednesday, February 8th 2017
Time:
10:30 am - 2:30 pm

The Wellness Gazebo travels to various locations around campus each week to provide wellness information, resources, condoms, and fun giveaways.

Impression of Reality – School of Art Student Exhibition

Start:
Tuesday, February 28th 2017
8:00 am
End:
Friday, March 10th 2017
5:00 pm

School of Art students Allison Penrod, Alix Forristall, Marianna Kekebanos, Aaron Spiller and Jacob Wesslowski are displaying their work in Transpace. Reception TBD.

March 2017

Arted – School of Art Student Exhibition

Start:
Tuesday, March 21st 2017
8:00 am
End:
Friday, March 31st 2017
5:00 pm

Arted includes School of Art student works by Katie Barko, Kim Phelps, Kenzie Bigliazzi, Maxx Sentowski, Mary Beth Brashears, Amanda Cruz, Keri Leach, Michael Blake and Michelle Sendy

Arted – Artist Reception

Date:
Tuesday, March 21st 2017
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

ARTIST RECEPTION: Arted includes School of Art student works by Katie Barko, Kim Phelps, Kenzie Bigliazzi, Maxx Sentowski, Mary Beth Brashears, Amanda Cruz, Keri Leach, Michael Blake and Michelle Sendy

April 2017

Thesis Defense for: Gregory Sullo; ART

Date:
Monday, April 3rd 2017
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Gregory Sullo to defend thesis

MFA Thesis Exhibition

Start:
Tuesday, April 4th 2017
8:00 am
End:
Friday, April 14th 2017
5:00 pm

Works by MFA candidates: George Barreca, Alexis Bragg, Megan Connelly, Catherine J. Davis, Jeremy Lampe, and Micah Zavacky.

Thesis Defense for: Megan Coonelly; ART

Date:
Tuesday, April 4th 2017
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Megan Coonelly to defend thesis.

Student Elections Candidate Debate

Date:
Thursday, April 6th 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meet your Student Government Association and Association of Residence Halls candidates by attending the student elections Candidate Debate.

MFA Exhibition Reception for Thesis Show

Date:
Saturday, April 8th 2017
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

MFA Reception for Micah Zavacky, Alexis Bragg, Catherine Davis, George Barreca, Jeremy Lampe and Megan Coonelly, whom are MFA students in the School of Art.

Iran: An Ancient Civilization

Date:
Monday, April 10th 2017
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Amir Marmarchi from the Department of Economics and Elahe Javadi from the School of Information Technology will present "Iran: An Ancient Civilization." This event is part of Illinois State University's Asian Heritage Week, running from April 10-15.  Asian Heritage Week is sponsored by the Office of the President, the College of Fine Arts, the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, the Department of Languages, Literature, and Cultures, Design Streak, and AsiaConnect. For more information, please contact Archana Shekara at ashekar@ilstu.edu.  

Thesis Defense for: Catherine Davis; ART

Date:
Wednesday, April 12th 2017
Time:
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Catherine Davis to defend thesis.

BFA Exhibition – Amanda Weygand and Whitney Johnson

Start:
Monday, April 24th 2017
8:00 am
End:
Friday, April 28th 2017
5:00 pm

PART AND PARCEL by Whitney Johnson and COALESCE by Amanda Weygand. Join us for the opening reception on Tuesday, April 25th from 5-7 pm in Transpace Gallery, CVA 115.

May 2017

BFA Exhibition – Kayla Scott

Start:
Tuesday, May 2nd 2017
8:00 am
End:
Saturday, May 6th 2017
5:00 pm

Kayla Scott presents BOUND in partial fulfillment of a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The opening reception is May 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Kayla's artist's talk is May 3rd at 12:15. This show is funded in part by Friends of the Arts at Illinois State University.

July 2017

Thesis Defense for: Amy Wolfe; ART

Date:
Friday, July 7th 2017
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Amy Wolfe to defend thesis.

Thesis Defense for: Kimberly McHenry; ART

Date:
Friday, July 7th 2017
Time:
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Kimberly McHenry to defend thesis.

November 2017

Casey Frid to speak to COB Students

Date:
Monday, November 13th 2017
Time:
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Professor Casey Frid will be speaking to COB students at 12:30 on Monday, November 13, in CVA 149. His expertise includes competition and collaboration in the craft beer sector.  This event is open to all majors. The topic of Frid's speech will be "Competition is only half the story… Collaboration as strategy in the craft beer industry". This paper develops a theory of how smaller, craft-based organizations (i.e., Davids) encourage cohesion and cooperation amongst themselves when operating within an incumbent…

April 2018

Thesis Defense for: Jeremy Langston; ART

Date:
Friday, April 6th 2018
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Jeremy Langston to defend thesis.

MFA Group Exhibition-Mariko Brown Harkin, Felicia Cannon, Jeremy Langston, Ryan Paluczak, and Kale Stewart

Date:
Saturday, April 7th 2018
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Works by MFA candidates with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, April 7.

Thesis Defense for: Kale Stewart; ART

Date:
Thursday, April 12th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kale Stewart to defend thesis.

Thesis Defense for: Mariko Brown Harkin; ART

Date:
Thursday, April 12th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Mariko Brown Harkin to defend thesis.

Thesis Defense for: Felicia Cannon; ART

Date:
Thursday, April 12th 2018
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Felicia Cannon to defend thesis.

Thesis Defense for: Ryan Paluczak; ART

Date:
Friday, April 13th 2018
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ryan Paluczak to defend thesis.

September 2018

Saturday Art & Drama Classes

Date:
Saturday, September 8th 2018
Time:
9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Saturday Art and Drama classes for K-8 students. Register online!

February 2019

Trivia Night at the Movies

Date:
Saturday, February 9th 2019
Time:
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Saturday, February 9 Center for the Visual Arts (CVA), Room 110 Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games begin at 6 p.m. Dress up as your favorite movie character (optional) and enjoy a movie-themed trivia night! Food, drinks, and hints available for purchase. All proceeds support scholarships and grants for Illinois State University College of Fine Arts students. Register for $100 as a team of up to 8 players or $15 per person. Parking Free Event Parking for is available in the School Street…

March 2019

Printmaking for Redbird alumni

Date:
Friday, March 22nd 2019
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alumni, family and friends will get to make a unique vintage Redbird piece at this event.

April 2019

Thesis Defense for: Christina LaMaster; ART

Date:
Tuesday, April 9th 2019
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thesis defense by Christina LaMaster.

Thesis Defense for: Emily Lehman; ART

Date:
Wednesday, April 10th 2019
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Thesis defense by Emily Lehman.

September 2019

Printmaking for Redbirds

Date:
Friday, September 13th 2019
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This unique opportunity to make a woodcut print is exclusive for Redbird alumni and friends!

February 2020

Bethany Collins visits Normal Editions to Collborate on Limited Edition Print

Date:
Monday, February 3rd
Time:
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bethany Collins will be a visiting artist in residence at Normal Editions in the Wonsook Kim School of Art the week of February 3 – 7, 2020. Collaborating with the students, staff, and faculty to produce a limited edition of prints is the focus of the visit. Bethany Collins is an artist from Chicago who works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, prints, sculptures, and artist’s books where she incorporates fractured or illegible phrases, either punishingly erased or…

Bethany Collins visits Normal Editions to Collborate on Limited Edition Print

Start:
Tuesday, February 4th
9:00 am
End:
Wednesday, February 5th
4:00 pm

Bethany Collins will be a visiting artist in residence at Normal Editions in the Wonsook Kim School of Art the week of February 3 – 7, 2020. Collaborating with the students, staff, and faculty to produce a limited edition of prints is the focus of the visit. Bethany Collins is an artist from Chicago who works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, prints, sculptures, and artist’s books where she incorporates fractured or illegible phrases, either punishingly erased or…

Bethany Collins visits Normal Editions to Collborate on Limited Edition Print

Start:
Wednesday, February 5th
9:00 am
End:
Thursday, February 6th
4:00 pm

Bethany Collins will be a visiting artist in residence at Normal Editions in the Wonsook Kim School of Art the week of February 3 – 7, 2020. Collaborating with the students, staff, and faculty to produce a limited edition of prints is the focus of the visit. Bethany Collins is an artist from Chicago who works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, prints, sculptures, and artist’s books where she incorporates fractured or illegible phrases, either punishingly erased or…

Bethany Collins visits Normal Editions to Collborate on Limited Edition Print

Start:
Thursday, February 6th
9:00 am
End:
Friday, February 7th
4:00 pm

Bethany Collins will be a visiting artist in residence at Normal Editions in the Wonsook Kim School of Art the week of February 3 – 7, 2020. Collaborating with the students, staff, and faculty to produce a limited edition of prints is the focus of the visit. Bethany Collins is an artist from Chicago who works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, prints, sculptures, and artist’s books where she incorporates fractured or illegible phrases, either punishingly erased or…

Bethany Collins visits Normal Editions to Collborate on Limited Edition Print

Start:
Friday, February 7th
9:00 am
End:
Saturday, February 8th
4:00 pm

Bethany Collins will be a visiting artist in residence at Normal Editions in the Wonsook Kim School of Art the week of February 3 – 7, 2020. Collaborating with the students, staff, and faculty to produce a limited edition of prints is the focus of the visit. Bethany Collins is an artist from Chicago who works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, prints, sculptures, and artist’s books where she incorporates fractured or illegible phrases, either punishingly erased or…