Common Ground strives to be the center of a vibrant inclusive community, and 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 businesses.
Featured Local Artist: Jodi Birdwell
Description of Work: This body of work is based on working intuitively and abstractly, through the monotype process of painting, drawing and printmaking.
Artist Statement: Jo Birdwell is a multi-media artis who lives and works in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Her continued practice is in installation, multimedia, Sculpture, Printmaking, Drawing and Painting. Jo exhibits nationally and internationally, and she is an Art Professor in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional studies. As a non-objective Abstractionist with minimalist adaptions, Jo bases her imagery either purposefully or intuitively on surroundings from their natural/human/machine made world.
MFA - Printmaking, 1993
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
Artwork available for purchase
Local Food For All Mural
This project was funded by a 2021 grant from the Urbana Arts and Culture Program and the mural was designed and painted by local artist, Madelyn Witruk. The mural encapsulates images of the local food movement, food access, diversity of Urbana residents, cultural cuisines, and highlights imagery from our local farms, like Blue Moon Farm, Sola Gratia Farm, and Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery. This artwork aims to serve as a celebration of Urbana's uniqueness, including its strong local food system, its vibrant art community, and its warm, inclusive culture.
Show Your Local Art in Our Gallery
We are always looking to install new local artists in our Art Gallery.