Blick Gallery Exhibition, Feb. 3

The Galesburg Civic Art Center will host an exhibition of works by Jared Lacy in the new Blick Gallery from Feb. 3 through Feb. 24. Lacy has been a local artist and art teacher in the Galesburg School District for over 38 years. His work has been featured in previous GALEX exhibitions as well as in regional galleries. The Blick Gallery is located behind the One12 Gift Shop at 112 East Main Street and is also connected to the Galesburg Civic Art Center’s main gallery. The Blick Gallery is open during regular Art Center hours: Tuesdays through Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Art Center Exhibits Opening, Feb. 3

The Galesburg Civic Art Center presents an exhibition of works by Rich Ankeney of Galesburg, and Marianne Vick of Chicago. The exhibition will be on display Friday, Feb. 3 through March 3 in the Galesburg Civic Art Center’s exhibition gallery. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Feb. 3 from 6-8pm. The reception is free and open to the public. Rich Ankeny’s Car Show includes images taken around Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin and is inspired by Ankeney’s interest in using current technologies to create photographs with a historical and perhaps nostalgic aspect. Marianne Vick is a self-taught artist who has developed her detailed, realistic style of painting and for the past 10 years the focus of her paintings has shifted from representational wildlife painting to allegorical pictorials featuring birds and their various characteristics as stand-ins for our unique human conditions. For more information, contact the Galesburg Civic Art Center at 114 E. Main Street, (309) 342-7415.

Passport Picture Appointments

The Stellyes Center for Global Studies will be taking passport photos for students who are applying to study abroad for the 2012-2013 academic year. There is a charge of $5 per sheet (there are 2 photos to a sheet). Contact Sunshine Regiacorte in order to set up an appointment to have your photo taken.
Appointments will be made during the following times:
Thursday, January 26, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Monday, January 30, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Tuesday January 31, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Berlin Essay and Poem Published

Monica Berlin’s (English) essay, “On Beds, or Where We Sleep” has been published in Ninth Letter (8.2). As well, her poem, “Dear So-and-So, [Down the hall, the accordion man turns into a door],” published in The Southeast Review, was selected as a featured poem on Verse Daily.

Annual Kid’s Month Exhibition at the Art Center

Artwork created at the Art Center this month during Kid’s Month by area children will be on display in the Art Center Gallery from January 24th through January 27th. There will be a closing reception on Friday, Jan. 27 from 5-7 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public. Kid’s Month is an annual program sponsored by NAEIR and a grant from the Target Foundation.

Galesburg Civic Art Center hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  For more information, contact the Galesburg Civic Art Center at 114 E. Main St., Galesburg, IL 61401, (309)342-7415 or e-mail at This program is partially sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council a State Agency and our exhibition co-sponsor, Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

I-Fair, Jan. 28

Knox College, one of the most internationally diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation, will host its 31st annual International Fair on Saturday, Jan. 28. Along with international dining and entertainment, the College’s International Club will present free, public lectures on this year’s theme, “Growing Up International,” providing insights from students and faculty who grew up outside the United States.

The fair on Saturday, January 28 features an international buffet lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Seymour Union. The menu spans the world — from France and Germany in Europe to China, Japan and Thailand in Asia; and in the Americas, Mexico and Venezuela, as well as American dishes from Louisiana and Alabama.

Afternoon activities feature educational and cultural events starting at 1:30 in Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Admission to the fair is $6 per person, which covers all events on Saturday.

The fair caps a week of internationally focused events on the Knox campus. On Tuesday, January 24, Visiting Associate Professor of Spanish Julio Noriega will discuss authors — Ernest Hemingway, Mario Vargas Llosa, Vladimir Nabokov and Gerald Brenan — who found fame outside their native countries.

A student-faculty panel discussion on Thursday, January 26, will include professors Emre Sencer, Gail Ferguson and Ryohei “Mat” Matsuda, who came to the U.S. from Germany, Jamaica and Japan, respectively.

“The ten years I spent in India have definitely influenced the person I am today,” wrote first-year student Armor Wisler in an article in the 2012 edition of “IMag,” a magazine produced by the International Club that will be distributed at the fair. The magazine features 16 articles written and illustrated by students.

“As a Malaysian-Chinese girl born in England and raised in the Philippines and Hong Kong, it would not be farfetched to say that I have struggled with my identity,” wrote sophomore Amanda Shiew. Preparing for International Fair “has been a reminder to be culturally sensitive to other people,” Shiew wrote.

Students in Knox’s International Club created International Fair in 1982.

With 16 percent of this year’s entering class and seven percent of the total student body coming from outside the United States, Knox is one of the most internationally diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation. Knox is 28th among the top 50 for “Most International Students” in the 2012 US News & World Report rankings of National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Knox College International Week 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.
“Becoming Writers Away from Home” — Faculty Lecture by Julio Noreiga, visiting associate professor of Spanish.
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union. Free admission

Thursday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
“Growing Up International” — Student/Faculty Forum with faculty members Gail Ferguson and Ryohei Matsuda
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union. Free admission

Saturday, January 28
31st International Fair.
$6 admission at the door covers all Saturday events.

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. International Buffet Lunch
Oak Room and Lincoln Room, Seymour Union

1:30-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. International Booths
Lobby, Ford Center for Fine Arts

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Student Performances
Kresge Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts

Symphony Casino Night, Jan. 28

It’s time once again for the annual Casino Night Gala and Silent Auction.  This popular event – the only annual fundraiser to benefit the symphony – is now in its 11th year and will be held on January 28 at 7 p.m. at Soangetaha Country Club.  Drawing on nearly 1000 volunteer hours from your friends and neighbors, the benefit will include a silent auction, official casino games, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a 50/50 drawing, and a cash bar, with the “The Bob Clark Combo” providing live entertainment.   All the items in the silent auction have been donated by area businesses and organizations.  This year’s collection will feature a wide spectrum of merchandise and services – everything from household items and apparel to memorabilia and gift certificates for local restaurants – ranging in value from $25 to $2,500.  There are some truly amazing deals to be had at this auction!  Tickets are $30 each, or two for $50, which includes admission, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment, and $10 in gambling chips.

Get a group of friends together and make it an evening, knowing that you are providing much needed support for our award-winning symphony.  Tickets are available at Innkeeper’s, 80 N. Seminary Street in Galesburg, or by calling the Knox-Galesburg Symphony at 309-341-7268.  While supply lasts, tickets will also be available at the door which opens at 6:30 p.m. Tip: Make reservations in advance, as space is limited.

KPCK Community Meal, Jan. 12

On Thursday, Jan. 12, the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen (KPCK) will be having another Community Meal. The dinner, served at the Central Congregational Church on the square in Galesburg, is free and open to everyone. Doors open at 5:15 and dinner service will go until 7:00 pm. The Community Meals are a wonderful way to meet new people, share in a sense of community, and have a very fine meal as well!

International Student Scholarship Information

The Pilot Club of Galesburg is presently taking applications for scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The Ruby Newhall Memorial Scholarships are for qualified students from outside the United States or Canada attending an accredited college or university. The field of study must be of a nature that it improves the quality of life for the community in their home country, and the student must plan to return to his/her country within six months of completing studies. The Ruby Newhall Scholarship may not exceed $1,500, and the student must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
For additional information and/or application forms, contact Barb Brown (309) 368-3592 or Applications must be completed by January 31.