Art Gallery

Introducing our Two Co-op Artists

Two Artists featured in our Flatlander Gallery: Chris Evans and Steve Schaberg

Chris Evans' Reflections During Wartimes

Chris Evans' Artist Statement:

The sketches in Reflections During Wartime were done from life, or while looking at a television. The sketches attempt to mimic the "soundbite" quality that's superimposed over everyday life. When reflecting upon, "...what did you do during the war?" the artist answers with nervous cross-hatchings from a mall or a bar or in front of a television. Simplicity, anxiety, a black and white mentality, and quick uncertain perceptions, (as might be the reaction to the Iraq/Afghanistan wars and the recent election), are some of the qualities the sketches attempt to convey. 

Chris Evans is an Urbana resident who studied art at Parkland College and the University of Illinois. Chris's art is displayed at Pizza M/Flying Machine Coffee, The Iron Post, Lincoln Square Village, International Galleries, the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, and as a City of Urbana Art in Public Spaces artist with work on the parking garage across from the courthouse. He has three murals at Stratton Elementary School. Chris serves on the Independent Media Center's Board of Directors and occasionally writes for the online magazine, Smile Politely and public i. Chris is currently illustrating a children's book about 5 year-old Ezra Chynoweth and 10 year old Nicole Dudley with author Danielle Chynoweth.

To purchase Chris' work please email him


Steve Schaberg's Gig Posters

Steve Schaberg's Artist Statement:

For the last few years, I've been designing and printing flyers and posters for local music shows. The work is ephemeral by nature, produced quickly in large quantities, to be taped up or given away for free, with an explicit expiration date printed right on the front, after which point it loses its reason for existence and becomes garbage. Many of them feature defunct bands playing venues that no longer exist. Most were only publicly posted for a week or so, and some not at all. Hopefully this provides an interesting look at a small part of cultural history of the Champaign-Urbana music and art scene.

To purchase Steve's work please email him at

We will be hosting an Art Gallery Reception for Chris Evans and Steve Schaberg on Friday, March 24th from 6:30-8:30pm in our Flatlander Classroom and Art Gallery. 


Common Ground strives to be the center of a vibrant community. Our owners believe that a vibrant community is one that is alive with art.

Our gallery is located in our highly utilized Flatlander Classroom, a space dedicated to connecting the community, facilitating educational opportunities focusing on healthy living, and providing access to local artists. This multi-use space is ideal for integrating the arts into the urban environment and creating partnerships among artists, the community and business. This year, we will be hosting two artist at a time, allotting each artist a locked case that is 8’ long x 44’’ high x 4’’ wide. We always welcome kids and group shows to apply!

Want to Show YOUR Work in our Gallery in 2018? Contact Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Buckman ( for more information.