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All events for December 2014
12/15/2014-
01/02/2015
Temporary Museum Closure
 

The University of Illinois Ambulance Unit in World War I

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Sunday, December 7, 2014

Although the United States officially entered World War I on April 6, 1917, American volunteers eager to help in the war effort found earlier methods of entry. One was to join medical units stationed across Europe via the American Ambulance Field Service. Twenty-four young Illini journeyed together to France for training and service, and shared their experiences through letters and articles for the Illio and the Daily Illini. This exhibit displays a variety of objects that were utilized during WWI, including objects from the U of I ambulance unit.

Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Present-moment awareness can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation we can discover a calm amidst our to-do lists and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. Mary Wolters from Green Yoga Spa will lead free, 30-minute drop-in mindful meditation sessions in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum. No registration is required.

Presented each Wednesday from November 5 through December 10.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 11:30 AM–12:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations accepted
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 265 - 0474 or

Lecture: "Lorado Taft: The Sculptor's Legacy" by Robert La France and Wayne Pitard

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Lorado Taft is known to University of Illinois students and alumni worldwide for creating the revered Alma Mater statue. Learn about his American art legacy in presentations from experts Robert La France, co-editor of the new book Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years, and Wayne Pitard, Director of the Spurlock Museum. Dr. La France will highlight Taft’s great American works and the sculptor’s dedication to teaching underserved students of the era, especially women and minorities. Director Pitard’s discussion will focus on “The Plaster Taft” and the sculptor’s goal to create a museum of the history of sculpture that would have gathered copies of masterpieces from across cultures and centuries into a single location.

Robert G. La France is Director of the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and former Curator of Pre-Modern Art at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Wayne Pitard is Director of the Spurlock Museum and Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Department of Religion.

This event is co-sponsored by Spurlock Museum, Krannert Art Museum, and the University of Illinois Press.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 4:00 PM–5:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Wayne Pitard at (217) 265-6110 or

Fans and Dance: Cultural Traditions around the World

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hand-held fans are a very important accompaniment to many dances, and they often tell stories, celebrate traditions, express religious beliefs, and pass on histories. During this presentation by "fan fancier" Robin Goettel, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the geography and cultural use of fans, as we explore ethnic dances incorporating fans in their tradition. Beautiful dance videos will be shown, including Flamenco, Balinese, Korean, Eskimo, and many others. After the presentation, the audience can view fans from Ms. Goettel's collection.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or
Mary Wolters promotional photo

Mindful Meditation

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Present-moment awareness can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindful meditation we can discover a calm amidst our to-do lists and more fully appreciate the gift of each day. Mary Wolters from Green Yoga Spa will lead free, 30-minute drop-in mindful meditation sessions in the Knight Auditorium at the Spurlock Museum. No registration is required.

Presented each Wednesday from November 5 through December 10.

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 11:30 AM–12:00 PM
Cost: Free, donations accepted
For further information, contact Brook Taylor at (217) 265 - 0474 or

Stories of Celebration

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Join resident storyteller Kim Sheahan for a family storytelling concert of multicultural folktales to put you in the mood to celebrate!

Location: Ancient Mediterranean Gallery, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Kim Sheahan at (217) 244 - 3355 or
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Film Screening and Discussion: "500 & 5"

Sunday, December 14, 2014

500 & 5 is an independent Tamil feature film exploring the journey of a 500 rupee note and how it impacts the lives of five different characters, presented in five short vignettes. The film was produced by Accessible Horizon Films, an independent film collective based out of Pondicherry, India. The film will be presented with English subtitles.

Immediately following the screening, there will be a discussion of the film featuring one of the film creators, Kousalya Jeganathan.

This event is hosted by the International and Area Studies Library at UIUC, the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Spurlock Museum.

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Time: 1:00 PM–3:30 PM
Cost: Free Admission
For further information, contact Mara Thacker at (217) 300-5717 or

Temporary Museum Closure

Monday, December 15, 2014 - Friday, January 2, 2015

The Museum will be closed Monday, December 15 through Tuesday, December 23 for floor refinishing and Wednesday, December 24 through Friday, January 2 for the winter holidays. Regular hours resume on Saturday, January 3. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Location: Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
For further information, contact the Museum Information Desk at (217) 333 - 2360.