Current Exhibition On View

Art @ the Y presents 

Space for the Mind
Activism through Inclusion and Self-Care

On view at Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA
from November 9, 2017 through January 17, 2018

University YMCA | Murphy Gallery
1001 S. Wright, Champaign
Free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Audre Lorde, in 1988 wrote in A Burst of Light, “caring for
myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.”

Through practicing self-care in an institutional setting with artists and peers, students are able to appreciate both themselves and their diverse community. Through the use of 2D and 3D media, reading, writing, and community mental health aiding programs, “Space for the Mind” becomes an inclusive space that validates and facilitates belonging, community, and self-care.

“Space for the Mind: Activism through Inclusion and Self-Care” is presented by the students in ARTE 475: Art Exhibition Practices. Throughout the semester, ARTE 475 students have volunteered their time to help at the gallery and experience various exhibitions. The students collaborated to build this activism experience at the Y.

About Art @ the Y

Some of the most profound insight, critique, and creative thinking around the issues which comprise the mission of the Y happen in and around the arts. Art @ the Y seeks to engage issues of social justice, international understanding, environmental activism, faith and cultural understanding through quality arts programming. Art @ the Y includes a revolving exhibition space in Murphy Gallery on the first floor of the University YMCA. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public.

Recent Gallery Talk

Art @ the Y presents: "Landscapes: Inherited, Revised, Restored"

Murphy Gallery Talk | May 2017

Murphy Gallery at the Y

Fall & Spring Hours
Monday-Friday: 9am-9pm

Summer Hours
Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm

1001 S. Wright Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820

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Parking lot on 6th between Daniel & Chalmers - Free after 5pm.

Parking garage on 6th & John - Free after 5pm.

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Municipal lot on Green & 5th Streets for $1 per hour.

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