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Ric Larsen building a guitar.
December 2, 2022

What makes an instrument more than just the sum of its parts? Richard Larsen, an instructor of classical guitar, is continuously exploring that question. Larsen has hand-built more than 40 classical guitars since 2018, each taking about 150 hours to create. “I put on some music in the...

Meet Francis
October 1, 2022

“At AU, I discovered I want to become a teacher. I also further pursued my passion for music while I continued to be involved in Spartan Athletics. Over winter break, I wrote my first composition for guitar and performed it during a student recital in the spring. I don’t feel limited...

Whitecoat by Charlie Harper
September 3, 2021

If you are wild about mid-century modern art and keen on protecting the environment, the “Curious by Nature” exhibit featuring works by artists and conservationists Charley and Edie Harper at the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University is made for you. The exhibit opens Tuesday,...

Student looking at art exhibit
November 4, 2020

Are you interested in lowering your stress levels? What about improving your mood? The answer could be as simple as doing a bit of meditative coloring. Studies show that participating in artistic endeavors can have a positive impact on your health. The benefits from a wide range of creative...

Schingoethe Center opens new exhibition on figurative art with Illinois State Museum
February 10, 2020

The Schingoethe Center of Aurora University opens its newest exhibition focusing on how Illinois artists have represented the human body with an eye to the narrative and fantastic. Curated by Douglas Stapleton, “Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Art from the Illinois State Museum...