Ian Wang

Wang: Art is for everyone, and all can enjoy making it

I recently drove to The Vault, an artists collective gallery in Tuscola, for its seasonal holiday show and sale. I have been aware of The Vault since it was established several years ago.


Wang: Libraries past and present give an interesting historical background

This archive photo of construction of the Urbana Lincoln Hotel in 1924 and this pen-and-brown ink drawing of the Urbana Lincoln Hotel is signed by J N Ruebenbauer.

A Paxton antique store owner told me she acquired this framed drawing some years ago from an Urbana resident who was in her 90s.


Wang: Art photo exhibition on display at Asian American Cultural Center

An art photography exhibition is now on display through the end of October with a closing reception and artists gallery talk from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the university’s Asian American Cultural Center.


Wang: Too many died without getting their mind out into the world

Art is not about the subject itself but the matter of it.

My newest art exhibition “The Neo Realism — Western Influence on Eastern Art” is on display from Sept. 4-29 at the Anne Lloyd Gallery/Madden Arts Center, Decatur Area Arts Council, 125 N. Water St., Decatur.


Wang: Wedding trip was one of most memorable, inspiring ones taken

For more than a decade every summer I normally have written one of my most memorable travel stories. Two weeks ago when I started my trip to my daughter’s wedding, my good friend and Rantoul Press Editor Dave Hinton sent me a text message and said: “Safe travels and congrats. Hopefully you won’t cry at the wedding.”


Wang: Celebrating American’s independence Chinese-style at Fourth of July parade

Last Wednesday for the third straight year, I joined the Chinese American Association of Central Illinois (CAACI) in marching in the 69th annual Champaign County Freedom Celebration parade on July 4.

The weather (it was so beautifully hot) and the people’s spirit made it a wonderful occasion.


Wang: James' vision, effort helped shape U of I

The era of the fifth University of Illinois President Edmund James 1904-1920 could be summed up in one sentence that: “The ambition of President James for the university knew no bounds.” More extraordinarily, an international flavor characterized James’ era. World-famous scientists and scholars came to campus for several flourishing lecture series.


Wang: Beyler uses world of art to get out of the shadows

Last month during the Champaign County Boneyard Arts Festival I visited Jess Beyler’s studio. I have known Beyler for many years, and she studied at Parkland Junior College 1974-75; Schiller European University. Strasbourg, France 1978-79; Maine College of Art; Portland, ME. BFA (cum laude) 1982; and University of Iowa, MA, 1989 MFA, 1990.


Wang: Photography brings Sam Logan closer to people

For the last decade or so, Sam Logan’s photography has often showed up in our local art events, such as the Best In Show – Champaign County Camera Club’s annual photo competition, exhibitions during the Boneyard Arts Festival and displays on the MTD buses, local businesses such as Crossroads Corner Consignment, Po-Boys, Heads Up Hair Studio, Aroma and Minneci’s, just to name a few.


Wang: Thomas used her art to protest the war

Among my art collections is a special section of artwork created by local artists and artwork about Rantoul.

I decided to feature a female artist for this month’s column because today is International Women’s Day.


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