"Making Our History: Artists Render Lincoln's Legacies" is the culmination of a yearlong virtual residency project funded by the University of Illinois Presidential Initiative, Expanding the Impact of the Arts and Humanities. Twenty artists, selected from throughout the state, created artworks on Lincoln's legacies. Their work varies in form, method, concept and perspective, and includes paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, virtual reality, conceptual and video art. The artworks address the many Lincolns that exist in our culture – the frontiersman, family man, politician, emancipator, pop culture figure and military chieftain. You can expect to leave the exhibit with a new appreciation of the man and a newfound visual and conceptual vocabulary with which to think about his legacy. Portions of the exhibition are presented by the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, the Springfield Art Association and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. The times for the exhibit's three receptions are staggered, which allows time to complete the art crawl. The exhibits will be open through Sunday, Sept. 18.
"Making Our History" receptions
Thursday, Aug. 11
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 4:30-7 p.m.
112 N. Sixth St.
Springfield Art Association, 5-7:30 p.m.
700 N. Fourth St.
UIS Visual Arts Gallery, 5:30-8 p.m.
One University Plaza