Artist of the Corridor: Art Exhibits in the City Building
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 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.
Current Exhibition (August 6 to November 9, 2015):
The City of Urbana invites the public to view the latest Artist of the Corridor exhibition, featuring Urbana artist Ellie Pinzarrone. This exhibition is located in the City Building lobby (400 S. Vine Street) and the Urbana Free Library (210 W. Green Street).
Ellie Pinzarrone received her M.A. in Art History from American University in 2010 after completing three separate undergraduate degrees in History, Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois. Originally from Rockford, Ellie has served as an Art History lecturer for the Quincy Art Center, Womanspace, and as a Fine Arts instructor at John Wood College. Ellie has written and delivered dozens of lectures in the Midwest covering topics ranging from Women in Renaissance Art to Alfred Hitchcock & Film Theory. She is the founder of Ellie Pinz Studio–a physical and online gallery-classroom where art education, art making, and creativity thrive!
Based in Urbana, Ellie produces one-of-a-kind artwork as well as educational tools emphasizing the power of right brain thinking. She embraces needlework traditions in her process for multiple reasons. She loves the textures and the slightly sculptural qualities of beaded imagery, she enjoys using glittering opulent beads and metallic threads, and most importantly, embroidery allows her an intentional connection with stitching practices that women have used for centuries.
How to Apply:
Artists living in Urbana are eligible to participate in the 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:
Pauline Tannos Public Arts Coordinator Community Development Services, City of Urbana 400 S. Vine Street Urbana, IL 61801