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ISU art gallery gains national attention

NORMAL - University Galleries at Illinois State University and its director, Barry Blinderman, can be seen in a PBS art documentary to be broadcast nationally Wednesday.

"Imagining America: Icons of 20th Century American Art" will air at 8 p.m. on Central Illinois PBS affiliates, WILL in Champaign and WTVP in Peoria.

The two-hour documentary looks at art within the cultural and social trends that defined 20th century America.

"Imagining America" was created and written by University of Illinois art historian Jonathan Fineberg and John Carlin, chief executive officer of Funny Garbage, a New York City-based media production company.

The film includes interviews with Blinderman, who discussed contemporary artists David Wojnarowicz, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.

Historic footage of the 1990 Wojnarowicz exhibition Blinderman curated at University Galleries also is included. University Galleries exhibited Haring in 1991.


Addition to be built at EIU's Lantz Arena

CHARLESTON - Eastern Illinois University's athletic arena will be bulking up.

The university's board has awarded contracts to five area companies for the construction of a 4,870-square-foot addition to Lantz Arena.

"We have worked with all these contractors before," EIU President Lou Hencken said. "In fact, several of them are working on campus right now."

The addition will include coaching offices for the men's and women's basketball programs and other staff, as well as study and conference rooms.

Hencken reported construction is likely to begin around March 1 and end early in the fall semester next year.

The president noted that all of the funding for the $1.158 million project comes from "local" sources. "So there's no misunderstanding, no state tax dollars are going to this project," Hencken said.

Capital campaign warming up at EIU

CHARLESTON - Even though the ongoing "you are eiu" campaign has already brought in more than $9 million for Eastern Illinois University, officials consider the fund drive to be just a warm-up.

"It was to sort of test the waters," said Jill Nilsen, vice president for external affairs. At an EIU Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month, she and other officials announced the university is ready to begin an even more ambitious capital fund-raising campaign.

Although the specific monetary goal of the campaign has yet to be determined, it would well exceed the current effort, said officials.

Nilsen reported that the three-year "you are eiu" campaign has garnered $9.255 million of the $10 million goal, and there are still seven months left to go.


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