Boneyard Arts Festival




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40 North is thrilled to announce the Signature Image for the 2022 Boneyard Arts Festival! After evaluating 90+ outstanding submissions, a panel of local arts professionals selected Kim Curtis’ Reconfigured: Seven (oil, Pantone paper, tape and pins on three wooden panels and two panels of rigid insulation foam), to be the signature image of the 20th Anniversary of the Boneyard Arts Festival! The Boneyard Arts Festival signature image is featured on all festival registration materials, posters, postcards, billboards, print and online advertising, as well as on the cover of the Boneyard Arts Festival quick guide.

“The landscape we observe today is one inherited from the past: a history of additions, subtractions, restorations and reconfigurations. Whether our surroundings are urban or rural, our uses and intentions for them are constantly shifting. We introduce materials, we remove others.  We excavate and we replace. The land recovers and adapts, absorbing new additions, covering old exposures.

Reconfigured explores this relationship of action and reaction, found and imposed.

Construction materials are introduced, forcing the developing imagery to adapt. Preserved areas are exposed, revealing history underneath. Resolved areas are altered or scraped away.  Panels are moved into new positions or into different paintings entirely. Spaces are abandoned, dissimilar areas adjoined, foreign elements absorbed or rejected.

The resulting compositions range from graceful adaptation to abrupt disturbance. Elements of ugliness and beauty, history and novelty, disruption and resolution reflect the information each of us absorbs as we move through our own surroundings. They invite us also to consider the cumulative history of our spaces which are constantly in flux.”

Kim Curtis’ work deals with the environmental repercussions of human activity. Through repeated disruption of her imagery, Curtis simulates the accumulation of marks left behind in our landscapes from processes such as construction, extraction, adaptation and restoration. The resulting compositions, often multi-paneled and incorporating cast-off materials, reflect the beauty, oddity, and ugliness of our spaces. Her work has been shown and collected throughout the US and abroad, primarily through her 15-year relationship with Kasia Kay Art Projects in Chicago. A native Californian, she began her artistic career as a costume designer and theatrical craftsperson working throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including six years as Master Craftsperson for the San Francisco Opera costume shop. Ms. Curtis holds degrees from UC Berkeley and the California College of Arts and Crafts. She currently teaches in the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and works in painting, sculpture, and design from her studio in Urbana, Illinois. 

About Boneyard

Presented annually every spring by 40 North | 88 West, the Boneyard Arts Festival is a three-day event showcasing the broad range of creative activity flourishing in our community. Its goal is to bring together local artists, businesses and organizations for a special event showcasing the art of Champaign County.

More than a traditional arts walk, the Boneyard is a unique countywide celebration that takes place in a wide variety of venues (over 90!) -- both traditional (theaters, cafes, galleries & museums) and non-traditional (salons & retail stores) -- and features the work of literally hundreds of artists. Sculptors, weavers, painters, photographers and other visual artists join musicians, actors, dancers, poets and performers of all kinds in sharing their creativity throughout Champaign, Urbana, U of I Campus, Rantoul, Homer, Mahomet, St. Joseph and Sidney.

The festival stimulates cultural, economic, social and educational growth by providing an opportunity for people of every age, background and interest to participate.

*provide opportunities for artists of all disciplines, media and levels of expertise to share and sell their work with the greater community and its visitors
*demonstrate the value of collaboration among individuals, organizations and businesses
*illuminate the economic impact of the arts on local business
*demonstrate the effectiveness of utilizing art to increase foot traffic in and around participating venues, as well as to enhance the environment in public and private spaces
*promote the cultural vibrancy of our community -- a great place to live and visit * bring students, residents and visitors together through the arts
*provide an occasion, through the arts, to both express and reflect upon who and what we are as individuals and as a community
*celebrate the many unique cultural traditions within Champaign County

The Boneyard Facebook Group

The Boneyard Facebook group ( is an interactive tool intended to connect all artists and venues to make plans for the festival.

Kelly White
Executive Director