Saturday, June 10, 2017

2017 Unveiling Celebration

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Art Mart
1705 S. Prospect Ave., Champaign

Join us on Tuesday, June 27 from 5:30p-7:00p at Art Mart as we unveil the sculptures that could make their way to the Champaign-Urbana area this year! Artists from all over the country have submitted their entries and you will get a chance to see the wonderful pieces that have been selected for installation. Hors d’oeuvres Provided. Beer & Wine Available (Cash Bar).

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Beautiful Storm in the Research Park

"Beautiful Storm"
by Michael Helbing

A big thanks to Kim and Peter Fox for their consistent support of public art in our community.  We are proud to announce their purchase of “Beautiful Storm” by artist Michael Helbing.  The sculpture is installed in the Research Park at the University of Illinois along South 1st St. across from the iHotel and Conference Center.  The piece was originally  leased through the PAL program in 2012 thanks to a sponsorship donation from Fox/Atkins Development, LLC.

Monday, January 16, 2017

PAL Featured on "Art Now!" - Urbana Public Television

The Public Art League is featured in the January 2017 episode of Art Now! on Urbana Public Television (UPTV).  The show is produced by The Urbana Public Arts Program and Commission in collaboration with UPTV.

The episode features interviews with artist Michael Collins (created Beacon, currently installed in Downtown Champaign), sponsor and advocate Ginny Waaler (donated toward the purchase of Stranger Reduction Zone and other local pieces), and Eric Robeson (PAL board).

Thank you to Urbana Public Art Coordinator, Pauline Tannos, and Director/Editor, Jason Liggett, for their work on the show.

You may view the episode here:  "Art Now!" featuring the Public Art League

Friday, December 2, 2016

A "Visionairie" Piece at the MTD HQ

Visionairie with (L to R):  Dan Prutsman, Mike Chubb & Kirk Kirkland 
of the CUMTD and Shirley & Wayne Vaughn (artist)

We proudly welcome Visionairie by artist Wayne Vaughn (Graham, NC) to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD) Headquarters in Urbana.  Visionairie is 8.5' tall and weighs in the vicinity of 1,100 lbs,

The artist states: "As an exploration in shape and color, Visionairie is a presence in the landscape."  It certainly is!

A big thank you to the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (a very visionary group) for making this installation possible!

by Wayne Vaughn (Graham, NC)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Need a Pick-Me-Up? Visit "Affirmation Station"

"Affirmation Station"
L to R:  Artist Timothy C. Flood, Mary Howell and Katie Hicks (Champaign Park District),
and Ann & Greg Petry (Sponsors)

The Public Art League is proud to welcome "Affirmation Station" by artist Timothy C. Flood to the Douglass Park Community Center in Champaign.  Patterned after a pedestrian crosswalk sign, "Affirmation Station" displays two positive static messages with a scrolling display of around 125 positive messages.  In addition, the piece contains a push button which, when pushed, plays one of over 270 positive audio messages.

Timothy C. Flood states the "overall idea behind "Affirmation Station" is to place that little spark of positivity into someone's day that may help shape it to turn out great."  He further states: "Everyone could use a little pick-me-up once in a while and sometimes positive thoughts and statements are hard to come by.  'Affirmation Station' is designed to fill this need to the public at large.  Through static and dynamic lit text messages and an interactive audio element, viewers of the artwork can choose for themselves whether to receive the message at a distance or have a close encounter with the work."

A big thanks to Ann & Greg Petry for the sponsorship of the piece.  Also, a big thanks to the Champaign Park District for providing the site and assisting with installation.

"Affirmation Station"
with artist Timothy C. Flood

Sunday, November 13, 2016

"Beacon" Shines in Downtown Champaign

By Michael Collins (Homer, IL)

The Public Art League proudly welcomes "Beacon" by local artist Michael Collins to Downtown Champaign.  The sculpture is installed by the roundabout at Main and Chestnut Streets near the "Old Depot" (which houses Black Dog Barbecue).  Lights within "Beacon" illuminate at night.  The owners of the Old Depot also plan to add landscaping around the sculpture.  "Beacon" is constructed of steel, aluminum and black locust wood and stands over 8' tall.

The artist states that "Beacon" is a work that brings together a history of architectural references, geometric patterns, and a broad range of materials together as a sort of architectural streetlight, or miniature urban lighthouse.  This piece serves to perform as a focal point for people to meet at, have a conversation around, or to simply enjoy its form, anchoring its location as a point of reference.  There is a duality that exists between the range of visual texture seen in the daytime, from the reflectivity of the faceted aluminum panels, to the natural tones of wood, contrasted in the nighttime by the inner glow from diffused lighting, the silhouetted geometric patterns, and cast shadows around its base.  Besides being a focal point in the daylight, I wanted this work to charge the evening time and activate a space with a mellow glow, akin to a chiminea.

A big thank you to "The Old Depot" for their site sponsorship of this piece!

Artist Michael Collins
installing "Beacon"

Monday, November 7, 2016

"Three Red Houses" Arise in Urbana

Pauline Tannos (Urbana Public Arts Coordinator) and Artist Andrew Arvanetes
with "Three Red Houses"

The Public Art League is proud to welcome "Three Red Houses" by artist Andrew Arvanetes (Dekalb, IL) to the Boneyard Creek Crossing in Urbana.  The sculpture is installed on the east side of Race Street (near the corner of Race and Griggs) by the Station Theater.

The artist states: "I am fascinated with the common house form and how it symbolizes family, security and the "American Dream."  The color red is associated with danger and in this case refers to the uncertain times common to many in our society.  These two conflicting ideas are presented in a visually dynamic "bouquet" arrangement.

My sculptures have always been object-oriented and narrative in nature.  The interpretation of my work may not be exactly the same as the intended narrative.  More important, the viewer should be able to feel a connection based on their own personal experiences.  I attempt to achieve this connection with my audience by utilizing universal visual details.  The mechanical and architectural details utilized in my work have evolved into a personal language.  These details and symbols combine with the overall form to create a visual aesthetic.  Because of my formal approach to fabrication, rational functionality might be expected.  On the contrary, the combination of physical scale, personal references and visual details often results in a whimsical and absurd reality."

A big thanks to The City of Urbana and the Urbana Public Arts Program for making this installation a reality.

"Three Red Houses" by Andrew Arvanetes