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Image of Robert Lee Mejer's art piece "Womb"



The Art We Live With: Collections from Central Illinois

  • Curated by Ann Khan and Charlotte Wandell
  • October 2 - November 5, 1999

"The Art We Live With: Collections from Central Illinois" was at the gallery from October 2 to November 5, 1999 and showcased a variety of works owned by art collectors here in central Illinois. Guest curators Ann Khan and Charlotte Wandell invited 18 local patrons to share a piece from their personal collections. The exhibit included contemporary paintings, ceramics, glass pieces, Japanese prints, and Islamic miniatures. It was exciting for gallery patrons to see the diverse taste of art collectors in Champaign-Urbana. The exhibit reflected the eclectic interests and experiences of the people in our community, many of whom have lived and traveled abroad or in other areas of the United States.

To add insight to the exhibit, each contributor was asked to reflect on their reason for collecting art. Many pieces exhibited had meaningful histories and personal significance for each collector. These statements gave the participants an opportunity to share their passion for collecting art, as well as their precious connection with a specific piece of art. This relationship is many times overlooked in exhibitions, but it is the collector's passion for art that helps to sustain the artistic community and preserve the visual arts.

This exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.





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