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FIGURE ONE: Grad Student Show Playful Yet Powerful

News Bureau (January 19, 2012)—Unlike most art exhibition receptions, the one kicking off the spring semester at Figure One—the University of Illinois’ art exhibition space in downtown Champaign—won’t involve wine and little cheese cubes speared on colorful toothpicks. Instead, patrons will nosh on milk and cookies, then skip over a bridge and watch TV in a fort.

The exhibition comprises a single installation by Samantha Persons, a first-year graduate student in the School of Art and Design, a unit in the U. of I. College of Fine and Applied Arts.

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New Director of the Marching Illini Is an Illinois Alumnus

Barry Houser—a School of Music alum and the acting director of bands and director of the Panther Marching and Basketball Bands at Eastern Illinois University—will direct the Marching Illini after Peter Griffin departed in May.

Houser begins a two-year appointment as visiting assistant director of bands and conductor of athletic bands.

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July 22, 2011

Senior Project Becomes Sold-Out Concert in Chicago

News Bureau (May 9, 2011)—University of Illinois senior Alissa Norby did something completely different for her senior project in theater: She produced a sold-out concert in Chicago starring the Tony Award-winning actress Alice Ripley.

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Illinois Theatre Professor Directs Play by Alan Alda

Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Allison Janney are among the actors coming together on June 1 at Alice Tully Hall in New York City to participate in a reading of a new play by Alan Alda about Marie Curie. The play was performed at a workshop in Seattle under the direction of Department of Theatre professor Daniel Sullivan.

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May 9, 2011

Art Historian Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

University of Illinois News Bureau, CHAMPAIGN, Ill (May 5, 2011) — Two University of Illinois professors – Anne Dawson Hedeman, in medieval studies and art history, and Kenneth Suslick, in chemistry – have received Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships. more

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