Landscape Architecture Study Connects Views of Trees to Stress Reduction

In a research project led by graduate student Bin Jiang of the Department of Landscape Architecture, watching 3D videos with tree canopy reduced stress and elicited feelings of relaxation in participants. With Professor William C. Sullivan and graduate student Dongying Li, also of Landscape Architecture, and Linda Larsen of the Department of English, Jiang found that seeing greater amounts of tree cover in the videos led to more benefits for both men and women. The results have profound implications for designing everything from the placement of windows in a house to green spaces in urban areas. An article about the study was published in the journal Environment and Behavior.

Read more about the research in a News Bureau article

October 22, 2014

Heinrich Taube Highlighted in Illinois Proof-of-Funding Concept Video

Heinrich Taube, an associate professor in the School of Music, received a 2014 Illinois Proof-of-Funding Concept (I-POC) Award to work on Harmonia, an application that takes education in music theory into the digital age. The program allows instructors to generate online assignments that can be automatically graded, and students benefit from interactive features and instant feedback. Taube was one of five recipients of I-POC funding in 2014. The program was developed to assist researchers in moving from the idea phase to a working prototype to attract the attention of industry.

October 21, 2014

Dance at Illinois Presents New Works at November Dance

November Dance 2014For its annual fall concert, Dance at Illinois will investigate the concept of inspiration: what remains from a founding idea, what is discarded, and how a creative work evolves from its origins. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Krannert Center’s lobby with an improvisational work facilitated by choreographer Kirstie Simson and fashion designer Susan Becker that incorporates students with diverse majors, fabric, and movement. Guest artist Fredrick Earl Mosley has focused on high energy and funk in his work, and visiting lecturer C. Kemal Nance has imagined trees that dance in his reconstructed project. Rebecca Nettl-Fiol has devised a piece exploring the lyricism of composer Lou Harrison’s words and music, and Philip Johnston has based a duet on letters written during World War I. November Dance will be held November 6–8 in the Colwell Playhouse at Krannert Center, and the choreographers will provide more detail about their new works at a conversation event on November 7.

Learn more about November Dance

October 14, 2014

FAA Presents Uncorked and On Topic

Topics ranging from humor to public space will be the focus of a new series of conversations about the arts. Faculty members from disciplines across the college will engage in these informal intellectual exchanges that will include discussion, audience participation, and a moderator. Each free hour-long event will be at 5:15 p.m. in the Tryon Festival Theatre Foyer at Krannert Center in conjunction with Krannert Uncorked, a wine tasting held most Thursdays. The inaugural program on October 23 features Gabriel Solis of the School of Music and Laurie Hogin of the School of Art and Design in an exploration of pleasure with moderator Dean Edward Feser.

Uncorked and On Topic Schedule

October 23, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
Gabriel Solis, School of Music, and Laurie Hogin, School of Art and Design
Moderator: Dean Edward Feser

February 19, 2015, at 5:15 p.m.
William Sullivan, Department of Landscape Architecture, and Jennifer Monson, Dance at Illinois
Moderator: Kevin Hamilton, School of Art and Design

March 19, 2015, at 5:15 p.m.
Jorge Lucero, School of Art and Design, and Lisa Gaye Dixon, Department of Theatre
Moderator: Jan Erkert, Dance at Illinois

Public Space
April 16, 2015, at 5:15 p.m.
Sara Bartumeus, School of Architecture, and Mike Ross, Krannert Center
Moderator: Areli Marina, School of Art and Design

October 13, 2014

Krannert Art Museum and the School of Music Collaborate on Concert Series

This fall, the Gelvin Noel Gallery at Krannert Art Museum will be the setting for three free concerts by faculty and students from the School of Music. Designed to connect visual arts with music and audience members with performers, the series conceived by J. Michael Holmes of the School of Music and Anne Sautman and Julia Kelly at Krannert Art Museum will include classical and modern works. The inaugural event will feature the Jupiter String Quartet with two student quartets at 6:30 p.m. on October 23. Upcoming concerts are with the Obsidian Saxophone Quartet on November 1 at 2 p.m. and performers from Lyric Theatre @ Illinois on December 13 at 2 p.m.

Get the full schedule and more details from the News Bureau

October 13, 2014

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