The most popular major in the School of Art and Design, industrial design took the spotlight in an Inside Illinois feature. The industrial design program, a regular on national top ten lists, had its inaugural year in 1937 and counts among its graduates the designers of ubiquitous products such as Herman Miller’s Aeron chair, Sub-Zero refrigerators, and Oral B toothbrushes. The egg drop experiment now a staple of science classes even got its start there thanks to the enterprising mind of alumnus and later program head Edward Zagorski.
July 23, 2013
Brendan Doshi, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Music, has been given a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to study in Brazil for one year. A pianist, composer, arranger, and producer, Doshi received the FAA Talented Student Award four times and was a Chancellor’s Scholar. He currently is performing with Cal State Long Beach’s Concert Jazz Orchestra. In Brazil, he plans to research the country’s traditional piano style and pianists. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to foster cultural understanding by enabling recipients to live, work, and study with community members and interact daily with their hosts.
July 17, 2013
A number of Department of Theatre alumni are currently involved in notable productions for stage and screen. Gloria Bigelow was chosen for Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, a showcase of rising stars on the standup circuit. Bigelow, who earned an MFA, will perform on this special that airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network on July 13.
Handbook for an American Revolutionary, a play giving voice to ordinary Americans from across the nation by BFA alumnus Matthew-Lee Erlbach, will have its off-Broadway premiere at the Gym at Judson on July 19. Directed by Tony Speciale, the one-man dark comedy runs through August 3.
BFA alumna Alyson Fyhrie stars as Alison Jones in Breakup at a Wedding, an independent film co-written and directed by Victor Quinaz of the web series PERIODS. Films. Alison decides to ditch her groom before their wedding but cooks up a plan to avoid humiliating herself. In the hope that she’ll change her mind about their marriage, Phil—played by co-writer Philip Quinaz—agrees to go through with a sham ceremony. What could go wrong? The movie, which had its Los Angeles premiere in June and is co-produced by Zachary Quinto, is currently available as a download or on demand. Breakup at a Wedding has been featured on Entertainment Weekly and The View in an interview with Quinto.
July 5, 2013
Senior painting major Langston Allston has been zipping up ladders and celebrating both the rich cycling culture of Urbana and the community involvement that an outdoor mural can create. In the alley near the Courier Café just north of Main Street in downtown Urbana, he has depicted two cyclists in a tribute to businesses like Paul’s Bike Shop that helped establish the strong links between cycling and a sense of openness and warmth that continue in Urbana today. Allston has a Kickstarter campaign to expand his work with additional facets of Urbana’s history and fund more murals by young artists. The deadline for contributing to the project is July 10.
June 28, 2013
Erik Hemingway, an associate professor in the School of Architecture, translated his award-winning project face[GUARD] for the Hong Kong and Shenzehem Bieniele for Urbanism and Architecture to the streets of Lisbon. His new project, hand_flexível, incorporates flat-pack technology into a mobile trailer system. Users would rent a trailer, transport it, and customize it as needed. The project was showcased with winning entries for the Crisis Buster Grant competition of Close, Closer, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Submissions were geared toward identifying and solving a problem in Portugal’s capital city that could be replicated in the future. A total of ten winning projects will be produced and displayed in Lisbon September-December 2013.
June 27, 2013