University Galleries of Illinois State University is pleased to present the 2022 Faculty Biennial. The exhibition is on view from January 10 through February 23, 2022. All events are free and open to the public.

The 2022 Faculty Biennial presents work reflecting creative research by 32 faculty members and staff teaching during the 2021–2022 academic year in the Wonsook Kim School of Art and the Creative Technologies program. The artists in the exhibition represent the areas of studio art, graphic design, art education, art history, and creative technologies. Featuring the mediums of ceramics, drawing, game design, glass, graphic design, installation, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, video, and wood, the exhibition will also include artist lectures, workshops, and a performance.

Members of the faculty have exhibited their work nationally and internationally and have received support from such prestigious entities as the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, among many others.

This year’s participating artists are: Veda Rives Aukerman in collaboration with Meda Rives Smith, Ladan Bahmani, Saskia Beranek, Judith Briggs, Steve Bryant, Ruth Burke, Kristin Carlson, Tony Crowley, Vitoria Faccin-Herman, Andreas Fischer, Brian Franklin, Laura Primozic George, Melissa Johnson, Gary Justis, Jeremy Langston, Jin Lee, Tyler Lotz, James Mai, John Miller, Melissa Oresky, Morgan Price, Jason Reblando, Randall Reid, Tanya Scott, Sercan Şengün, Archana Shekara, Sarah Smelser, Albert Stabler in collaboration with Simone Fizdale, Albion Stafford, Annie Sungkajun, Michael Wille, and David Wilson.

Events and programming

All events are free and open to the public. Masks are required.

Saturday, January 29, from noon to 2 p.m.
Family artmaking workshop.
Materials and instruction provided by University Galleries’ staff.
No reservations required.

Saturday, February 5 at 1 p.m.
Tour and Workshop: Art Around You.
Co-presented with the Children’s Discovery Museum.
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Tuesday, February 8 at noon
Faculty Biennial lecture by Melissa Johnson, associate professor, art history and visual culture.

Room: “A world where the body is as eloquent and articulate as the text”
SITI Company’s theatrical engagement with the writing of Virginia Woolf.

Friday, February 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Faculty Biennial performance by Ruth Burke, assistant professor, video.

Polyrhythms is a two-hour sound performance with Burke’s equine collaborator, Fuerst Rendition, at Hunter Oaks Equestrian Center in Carlock, Illinois. Please note this performance and listening event will be held in a large unheated indoor riding arena. The audience should dress in warm clothing.

Tuesday, February 15 at noon
Faculty Biennial lecture by Saskia Beranek, assistant professor, art history.

Making Faces and Mapping Spaces: Portrait Ownership in the Seventeenth Century

Saturday, February 19, from noon to 2 p.m.
Family artmaking workshop.
Materials and instruction provided by University Galleries’ staff.
No reservations required.

Field trip program, curator-led tours, and workshops available by appointment throughout the exhibition. Stipends are available for K-12 schools or community organizations to offset the costs of transportation. Please contact University Galleries at or (309) 438-5487 to schedule an appointment.

University Galleries, a unit in the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, is located at 11 Uptown Circle, Suite 103, at the corner of Beaufort and Broadway streets. Parking is available in the Uptown Station parking deck located directly above University Galleries.

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