Artist of the Corridor: Exhibiting Local Art
Current Exhibition: Carichina Women
The City of Urbana invites the public to view Carichina Women, the latest Artist of the Corridor exhibition featuring photographs by Rachel Storm. This exhibition runs from September 14th to December 7th, 2016 at the City Building (400 S. Vine Street), and The Urbana Free Library (210 W. Green Street).
Carichina Women is a photography collection documenting the activist work of women members of a grassroots feminist organizing collective in the Andean region of Ecuador, La Coordinadora de Mujeres Urbanas. The collection lays bare the efforts of women survivors of gender violence, exploring community education initiatives, feminist pedagogy, and organizing strategies used by women leaders of a movement to demand liberation.
Rachel Lauren Storm is the Assistant Director of the Women's Resources Center at the University of Illinois and the founder and director of Four Walls and a Roof Project, a grassroots organization that seeks to establish the first battered women's shelter in Cotacachi, Ecuador. Working to raise awareness of issues faced by indigenous Andean women and the grassroots efforts of women to resist violence, Rachel has worked to support Andean women in the project establish a network to combat the prevalence of sexism and gender-based violence and the establishment of the women's shelter.
Artist of the Corridor, an initiative by the City of Urbana Public Arts Program, is an exhibition series that features local art in the City Building and The Urbana Free Library. All Artist of the Corridor shows are free and open to the public.
Artist of the Corridor was created by the City of Urbana in March 2010 to feature artworks by local artists in the lobby of the City Building at 400 S. Vine Street. Since then, the exhibition, which changes every of three months, has expanded to Urbana Free Library as well. A part of the Urbana Public Arts Program, this initiative works to create a city where all residents engage with the arts in its many forms and where artists thrive and are valued.
Previous artists of the corridor include Judy Lee, Peggy Flavin, Travis Hocutt, Ellie Pinzarrone, Beth Darling, Jason Patterson, Steve Kostell, Urbana's Market at the Square, William Lawrence Deverell, Urbana Land Arts, Judy Jones, Wiley Elementary Students, Rosalind Faiman Weinberg, Will Arnold, Bonnie Switzer, Kathryn Fitzgerald, Cheri Manrique, Hua Nian, Phil Strang, Michael Fuerst, Betsem Atiback Benjamin, Lyosha, Meredith Foster and Sandra Batzli, and Carol Farnum.
Artists living in Urbana are eligible to participate in this program. Interested artists should send a letter of interest and 3 digital images of their artwork by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to:
Public Arts Coordinator
Community Development Services, City of Urbana
400 S. Vine Street
Urbana, IL 61801